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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. This movie is set in France in the sixteenth century during one of the periodic plague outbreaks (as opposed to the Black Death (mid fourteenth century Europe) or the Black Plague (mid seventeenth century London, England)). This movie depicts Michel Nostradamus' (Tchéky Karyo's) rise in influence, because of his success in treating the 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

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Rutger Hauer and F. Murray Abraham appeared in Surviving the Game (1994). See more »

Goofs

Nostradamus is showing his son how to use a divining rod to find underground water and says that there is water 4 meters below, but the metric system wasn't invented until 1799 (roughly 160 years later). See more »

Quotes

Nostradamus: [Nervously draws a swastika on the wall]
Scalinger: What is it?
Nostradamus: I don't know.
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Connections

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

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I loved it, and want to know the name of the Arabian mysticism book!!
12 September 2003 | by ZdorabSee all my reviews

I personally thought that this movie was one of the better period pieces that are around. I felt that the actor playing Nostradamus did a wonderful job trying to portray a very illusive figure in our history books. Not many people (including historians) agree on what Nostradamus' personality type exactly was, so for this actor to portray anything at all is somewhat impressive to me... But, I do have to admit that the artistic attempts near the end (especially the vision of the future at the very last scene) were a bit much. I think that although it was important to get the point across that he was a visionary... that it should have been done throughout the piece... not just at two points throughout the whole film (during the carriage ride and at the end)... But, hat's off for trying!

One thing that I'm extremely interested in knowing is if his first wife (played by Julia Ormond) was really arrested by the Inquisition for having some Arabian Mysticism book... and if so... what was the title of the book!? I kept re-winding to get the name, but could not understand what she was saying! I keep trying to find any hint of this story online, but unfortunately have no luck... if anyone knows what book she supposedly had in the movie (or in real life), PLEASE e-mail me... I'm EXTREMELY interested in finding out about it!

C-ya, Stephen


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Country:

France | UK | Germany | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nostradamus See more »

Filming Locations:

Transylvania, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,312, 18 September 1994

Gross USA:

$364,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$364,164
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| (DVD special edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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