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Tirante el Blanco (2006)

Tirante the knight is as committed to fighting the Turks in Constantinople as he is to relieving Carmesina, the heiress to the Byzantine Empire, of her virginity.


Vicente Aranda


Vicente Aranda (screenplay), Joanot Martorell (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Caspar Zafer ... Tirante
Esther Nubiola Esther Nubiola ... Carmesina
Leonor Watling ... Placer De Mi Vida
Ingrid Rubio ... Estefanía
Jane Asher ... Emperatriz
Charlie Cox ... Diafebus
Sid Mitchell Sid Mitchell ... Hipólito
Rafael Amargo Rafael Amargo ... Gran Turco
José Antonio Marín José Antonio Marín ... Melchor
Jay Benedict ... Embajador Turco (Turkish Ambassador)
Victoria Abril ... Viuda Reposada
Giancarlo Giannini ... Emperador
Rebeca Cobos ... Eliseo
Valentina Burgueño Valentina Burgueño ... Dama Carmesina (Carmesina's Maiden)
Julio Vélez Julio Vélez ... Sinópolis, Capitán 1


Tirante the knight is as committed to fighting the Turks in Constantinople as he is to relieving Carmesina, the heiress to the Byzantine Empire, of her virginity.

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Adventure | Romance


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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The White Knight See more »

Filming Locations:

Pinto, Madrid, Spain See more »


Box Office


€14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€467,645 (Spain), 9 April 2006
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie was shot simultaneously in Spanish, English and Valencian. See more »

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Rotten pleasure of my life
23 April 2006 | by joelsegarraSee all my reviews

Oh boy! What a shameful experience. Stakes were high with this one. Four fine actresses on a 'Dangerous liaisons' type of film but somehow in the process everything witty and entertaining contained in this great novel of the 15h century was lost in translation.

The film gives no clue whatsoever if the tales being told have anything to do with some army in particular in some period of history or with the lord of the rings saga..

(Hint: the turks are the orks, and Tirant resembles Aragorn, though no Virgo Mortensen in sight just a lookalike). (Another hint: the standard flag of Tirant's side in battle scenes)

The film carries a solemnity that echoes through the halls and chambers of every step of flight of stairs of the palace in which the static action takes place. Can you hear my yawn from the aisles of the castle?

Esther Nubiola as Carmesina -the princess-, Ingrid Rubio as Estephania, Leonor Watling as Pleasureofmylife, Victoria Abril as the Peacefulwidow and Jane Asher as the queen do their best in trying to liven things up.

But the dead funeral air of Vicente Aranda's take at sex scenes won't make you have a hard on if it's not in the way of rigor mortis.

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