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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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Storyline

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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD special edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

Nostradamus draws a swastika on the wall, which supposedly nobody has seen before. However, the swastika (or its reverse) was not new since the Nazis misappropriated an ancient good luck symbol. See more »

Quotes

The Mystic Monk: God's justice is like disease.
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Connections

Referenced in This Morning with Richard Not Judy (1998) See more »

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Strong performances
11 January 2002 | by kynocephSee all my reviews

Most Nostradamus movies have him as an older man, a gloomy sort constantly predicting doom. This movie doesn't. Tcheky Karyo plays a very involved, interesting, and engaging version of Michel de Nostredame. I particularly liked the "vision" sequences, where he suddenly is dropped into the future to observe. I thought the part of the movie where he is confronted by the Inquisition was effective as well. The movie is flawed; it moves slowly, and finicky history buffs will find a few bumps. But overall this features a fine performance by Tcheky Karyo, beautiful photography and sets, and (I have to say) a sex scene with Julia Ormond that manages to be really hot and very tasteful at the same time. Summing up, "Nostradamus" has some strong performances, and a good (if slow) story. It kept my interest all the way through. I'm looking forward to getting it on DVD.


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