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Day of the Siege (2012)

11 settembre 1683 (original title)
In the summer of 1683, 300,000 warriors of the Ottoman Empire began the siege of Vienna. The fall of the city would have opened the way to conquer Europe. On September 11. was the main battle between the Polish cavalry and the Turks.

Director:

Renzo Martinelli

Writers:

Valerio Manfredi (screenplay), Renzo Martinelli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
F. Murray Abraham ... Marco D'Aviano
Enrico Lo Verso ... Karà Mustafà
Jerzy Skolimowski ... King Jan III Sobieski
Alicja Bachleda ... Duchess of Lorena (as Alicja Bachleda Curus)
Piotr Adamczyk ... Leopoldo I
Andrea Iaia ... Giovanni Cristofori
Claire Bloom ... Rosa Cristofori
Matteo Branciamore ... Eugenio of Savoia
Marius Chivu ... Father Cosma
Antonio Cupo ... Duke of Lorena
Giorgio Lupano ... Count Stahremberg
Federica Martinelli Federica Martinelli ... Lena
Gianni Musy Gianni Musy ... Carlo Cristofori
Daniel Olbrychski ... Katski
Isabella de Ligne-La Trémoïlle ... Leila (as Isabella Orsini)
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In the summer of 1683, 300,000 warriors of the Ottoman Empire began the siege of Vienna. The fall of the city would have opened the way to conquer Europe. On September 11. was the main battle between the Polish cavalry and the Turks.

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for war violence | See all certifications »

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Marco D'Aviano: [Speaking to a mob] Enough. Stop! Enough! You weren't even born when he came to Aviano. In all these years he has done no harm to anyone. He is living proof that we can live together, respecting each other's faiths. We can live in peace with these people.
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2 September 2018 | by AttyTude0See all my reviews

Well, I see that posters either loved this film, or hated it.

It is more than obvious that those who hated it did so for political reasons. Pick any reason. The uniforms are not accurate. The history is all wrong (yeah, everybody is a history professor). It's racist (but you expected that would pop up, didn't you). It's only for Catholics (well, finally something for Catholics). The acting is bad (I've seen worse).

Someone complained that F. Murray Abraham spends the whole film screaming. Er, no. Only in two scenes. In one he was addressing an entire army. And in another he was trying to make himself heard over the thunder of battle. May I politely remind our distinguished critic that there were no microphones in those days?

It also looks like that the mention of the date of the event - Sept 11 - went down some tender throats like battery acid. Yeah, those historical coincidences are a (bleep). Haters of this film also wasted no time pointing out that critics panned the film (and we know that critics are infallible). Well, consider it from their perspective. These exalted critics must have remembered what happens when a certain religion is mentioned in an unfavorable light (Charlie Hebdo, anyone?). So maybe the critics panned the film more out of prudence than displeasure.

Is the film perfect? No. Is is 100% accurate? I NEVER saw a 'historical' film that got the historical facts 100% right. And I've been around a good bit. But I enjoyed Day of the Siege.

IAC, watch the film and make your own decision. A quaint concept, I know. But some of us still believe stick to it.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Italy | Poland

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683 See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

EUR12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,143,479
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2.35 : 1
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