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Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants (2011)

Galileo is thwarted in his pursuit to uncover the universe's mysteries by a lack of money, a lazy brother and a jealous rival. Luckily, he finds support from his student, Prince Cosimo, son of the Medici family.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moriarty ... Galileo
Kenny Vadas Kenny Vadas ... Prince Cosimo
Louis Del Grande Louis Del Grande ... Colombe
Tony Nardi ... Michelangelo
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Friar Sarpi
Anna Migliarisi Anna Migliarisi ... The Duchess
Michael Copeman ... The Cardinal
Gianni Campi Gianni Campi ... The Sidekick
Guido Cerasuolo Guido Cerasuolo ... Giordano Bruno
Richard Mozer Richard Mozer ... Senior Frescati
Ian Cardarelli Ian Cardarelli ... Trattoria Proprietor
M. Elena Frusciante M. Elena Frusciante ... Girlfriend 1
Antonia Pavan Antonia Pavan ... Girlfriend 2
Miriam Centanin Miriam Centanin ... Maiden 1
Patrizia Rubin Patrizia Rubin ... Maiden 2


The account of the great Galileo is presented in fictionalized fashion, and focuses on the relationship between Galileo and his apprentice, Cosimo de Medici II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Many of Galileo's discoveries are illustrated, such as his revolutionary gravitational idea that all objects, regardless of their weight, fall at the same rate of speed. Written by Jwelch5742

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Release Date:

11 March 2011 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Galileo Galilei: Óriások vállán állva See more »

Filming Locations:

Monselice, Padua, Veneto, Italy See more »

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Devine Entertainment See more »
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