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Movie Info

During the early 1400s, Germany's Teutonic Knights invade Poland, purportedly on a crusade to convert the Poles to Christianity. Jurand (Andrzej Szalawski) repels the invading force but loses his wife. Polish soldier Zbyszko (Mieczyslaw Kalenik) becomes infatuated with Jurand's daughter, Danusia (Grazyna Staniszawska), and vows to avenge her mother's death. After she saves him from being executed, they become engaged, but a renewal of hostilities between the countries threatens their happiness.

Cast & Crew

Urszula Modrzynska
Jagienka Zychówna
Grazyna Staniszawska
Danusia
Andrzej Szalawski
Jurand of Spychów
Mieczyslaw Kalenik
Zbyszko of Bogdaniec

Critic Reviews for Knights of the Black Cross

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Audience Reviews for Knights of the Black Cross

  • Jul 05, 2010
    A cornerstone in European cinema and period pieces alike, Aleksander Ford achieves an enormous task: to balance the most common human reactions that one as an audience may feel towards a motion picture. Hatred, desperation, excitement, nostalgia, even a Shakesperian thirst for blood and revenge. Extraordinary take on the infamous knights, adressed with patriotism and melodrama but never forgetting the true nature of the focused novel by Sienkiewicz. More than being one of Poland's finest, it is unquestionably among the best 100 movies ever made, and it easily outdoes any project directed by David Lean; the final battle sequence still remains officially as one of the best scenes ever filmed. Eisenstein's feature has been remade! 100/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2008
    More romantic than Dr. Zhivago,equally moving to the likes of an Alexander Nevsky or closer to the political turmoil of Traveling Players,a film which has nothing to be jealous of the epic boldness of a Lawrence of Arabia type of feast! Criminally underrated,Aleksander Ford's storytelling focuses on the landscapes' pain rather the character's felicities and the astounding dialog is a bonus,based on the Sienkiewicz novel.Forgive me for saying this but the Grunwald massacre pumped me up!
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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