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Proud Heritage (1989)

Mircea (original title)
After 1394 King Mircea the Elder, ruler of Wallachia, ponders the eventual consequences of a military alliance with the Poles versus one with the Turks.

Director:

Sergiu Nicolaescu

Writer:

Titus Popovici (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergiu Nicolaescu ... King Mircea the Elder
Serban Ionescu Serban Ionescu ... Prince Mihail - Son of King Mircea
Adrian Pintea ... Vlad Dracul - Father of Vlad the Impaler
Vlad Nemes Vlad Nemes ... Young Vlad Tepes
Ion Besoiu Ion Besoiu ... Emperor Sigismund's Envoy
Ion Ritiu Ion Ritiu ... Sultan Baiazid
George Alexandru George Alexandru ... Sultan Mehmet
Ioana Pavelescu ... Elisaveta - Wife of Prince Mihail
Manuela Harabor ... Irina - Mother of Young Vlad
Colea Rautu Colea Rautu ... Turkish Envoy Izedin-bey
Traian Costea Traian Costea ... Dan - King Mircea's Brother
Vladimir Gaitan Vladimir Gaitan ... Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund
Corneliu Gîrbea Corneliu Gîrbea ... Ion Iercau (as Cornel Gîrbea)
Papil Panduru Papil Panduru ... Mezea - King Mircea's Servant
Stefan Velniciuc Stefan Velniciuc ... Jean de Neverre of Burgundy
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Storyline

Following the 1394 Battle of Rovine between the Wallachian and Ottoman armies Wallachian ruler Mircea the Elder consolidates his reign.In a small civil war he manages to oust his brother Dan from Wallachia.Dan's dream of usurping the Wallachian throne is destroyed and he is banished from the kingdom.After this confrontation Prince Mircea the Elder ruler of Wallachia receives envoys from the Polish king and from the Ottoman sultan.In their attempt to conquer Europe the Ottoman Turks are seeking European allies.Their envoys to Wallachia want to persuade Prince Mircea to join them but the Polish envoys also are hoping to sway Wallachia to their side.Prince Mircea of Wallachia hesitates.An alliance with fellow Christian Poles seems logical but their conditions are harsh.The conditions of a possible military alliance with the Ottoman Turks are more attractive.However,the Ottoman Turks are Muslim and they also are the traditional enemies of the small Christian kingdom of Wallachia.Caught ... Written by nufs68

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Proud Heritage See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

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Mono | Dolby SR (re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the large battle scenes actual Romanian soldiers were used as extras, for both the Romanian and Ottoman (Turkish) armies. During some scenes they took the fight a bit too serious. This augmented the realistic look of those scenes, but as the weapons were made of wood, not rubber, some of the extras got a few bruises from the experience. See more »

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In the closing scene King Mircea is standing on a dam made of large rocks (a common type of dam in Romania since ancient times), but it's clearly a modern construction, flat in the middle and covered with concrete. Ancient dams had no flat surface, being made only of irregular rocks. See more »

Quotes

Young Vlad Tepes: Grandpa, are you immortal?
King Mircea the Elder: Why are you asking?
Young Vlad Tepes: Because I hear some saying: "This one is not going to die!"
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Liberty or Death
8 August 2001 | by coman_andreiSee all my reviews

The action takes place around year 1393, when the Ottoman Empire was seeking to conquer the whole know world. On their route to Rome, only one small, insignificant country (on their opinion) is trying to resist : Roumanian Principate of Valahia. This country have a great man: the King Mircea the Old. He has fought for decades all the invaders, including the ottomans, and has allways succeeded to keep his country independent. But now he is very old and the enemy is very strong. His greatest task is to pass the Proud Heritage of the Freedom to his sons, nephews and to all the romanians who live in his country. For this, he must win the ultimate battle which will decide the future of the country: Free Men or Slaves Forever !

This movie makes all the roumanians fell again the proud but above all, de great responsibility of their ancestors heritage: LIBERTY !


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