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Nostradamus (1994)

Nostradamus (1503-66) was a French doctor, astrologer and seer during the Inquisition, successful in treating patients during an outbreak of plague.

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. 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

Genres:

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' 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

Nostradamus: I promise nothing, I do what I can. Their fate, however, lies in God's hands.
Inquisitor: So it is God's fault they die.
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Connections

Referenced in The Real Story: Nostradamus (2007) See more »

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1 September 2003 | by gforthSee all my reviews

I only saw this film a few days ago and was struck by the beauty of the film as a whole. I found it neither boring, nor disjointed. Instead I was amazed at the man's life, the portrayal of the religious fear and bigotry of the time, and the terror of the plague. While I assume much of it can be put down to artistic licence, I come away from the film understanding more about the man, especially the fact that he wasn't some grizzled old madman.

I loved it, only finding Rutger Hauer's section somewhat unnecessary and peripheral, and his vision of the distant future too stylised. I would like to have known more about the rest of his life after the death of the King though...


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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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Technical Specs

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| (DVD special edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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