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Nostradamus (1994)

Recounts the life and loves of the physician, astrologer, and famed prognosticator; his encounters with medieval science and the Inquisition; and his early struggles with his visions of the... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Christian

Writers:

Piers Ashworth (story), Roger Christian (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tchéky Karyo ... Nostradamus
F. Murray Abraham ... Scalinger
Rutger Hauer ... The Mystic Monk
Amanda Plummer ... Catherine De Medici
Julia Ormond ... Marie
Assumpta Serna ... Anne
Anthony Higgins ... King Henry II
Diana Quick ... Diane de Poitiers
Michael Gough ... Jean de Remy
Maia Morgenstern ... Helen (as Maja Morgenstern)
Magdalena Ritter Magdalena Ritter ... Sophie
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Professor
Leon Lissek ... Inquisitor
Michael Byrne ... Inquisitor
Bruce Alexander ... Paul
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Recounts the life and loves of the physician, astrologer, and famed prognosticator; his encounters with medieval science and the Inquisition; and his early struggles with his visions of the future. The film is set in France in the 16th century during one of the periodic plague outbreaks (as opposed to the Black Death [mid-14th-century Europe] or the Black Plague [mid-17th-century London]). The film depicts Nostradamus's rise in influence, because of both his success in treating plague and his predictions, culminating in his appointment as court physician to Charles IX of France. Written by Lyle

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Never before has one man seen so much of the future. Your future

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and some images of violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | UK | Germany | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Нострадамус See more »

Filming Locations:

Transylvania, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$364,164
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

Nostradamus' medical teacher at the university goes from functioning perfectly well to dead from plague within seconds. No disease kills that quickly, not even the most virulent types of plague or fever. Although he had been concealing his illness. See more »

Quotes

The Mystic Monk: Light the candle at the bottom of your heart.
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Connections

Referenced in Rederiet: Säkra papper (1995) See more »

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Disappointing
23 May 2000 | by elihu-2See all my reviews

Tcheky Karyo, most familiar to American audiences as Bob, the enigmatic secret agent by way of Pygmalion in Luc Besson's NIKITA, has his first English-language lead role as the 16th-century physician and prophet Michel de Nostradame, who predicted various events occurring hundreds of years into the future.

Filmed in Romania, the film is a grim, grubby depiction of the renaissance era, but seldom reaches any moments of true insight into Nostradamus' life. Instead of taking a scholarly approach required of the subject, and concentrating on the man's vision, director Roger Christian (whose claim to fame is being the art director on Ridley ScottÕs ALIEN and directing the pretty much forgetable horror flick THE SENDER) panders to the lowest common denominator by focusing on his love life, and his run-ins with pugnacious Inquisitors.

When he is shown having his prophetic visions, most of the sequences are stilted and hokey. Only one prediction sequence has any power, the vision of the Black Rain, filmed in Copsa Mica, which the National Geographic Society once branded as the most polluted city in Europe.

Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham (AMADEUS), called in to save the acting day, does serviceable work as Scalinger, Nostradamus' sometime mentor, and Rutger Hauer is weird and funny as the Mystic Monk. Do I hear laughs? His turn is actually quite enjoyable, with his candle-lit hat and his demolition of the loathsome flagellates.

Karyo consorts with a bevy of bold European actresses, including Julia Ormond, Maia Morgenstern (THE OAK), and Assumpta Serna (MATADOR, THE FENCING MASTER.) He makes a noble effort with his calm, cultivated, at times endearing performance but he can't carry the whole film.

The movie eventually dissipates in the scarcity of its low budget, borrowing footage (ironically enough) from ALIENS for its final sequence which depicts space travel.


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