I do not know enough about Hungarian history to judge if this movie accurately portrays the Turk-Hungarian wars, but it is quite entertaining as far as war movies go. There were plenty of confusing parts, but these parts are in the original book too, so you cannot blame the movie makers. For example, our hero travels to Istanbul to rescue his father. He encounters some resistance, and so he sails away. Heroes should not just quit and sail away and leave their family in prison, so that is one thing I cannot understand. Another reviewer, Endredil from Hungary, noted some of the unintentionally funny scenes involving the soldiers. I did not notice this at first, but after I read Endredil's comments, I re-watched the scenes, and I realized he is absolutely correct. Pay attention when the Hungarians pour boiling water on the Turks on the ladders. Instead of just falling down, the soldiers turn around, and you can actually see them looking for a place to fall (I guess these are stunt men looking for the safe mattress to fall on). Good movie filled with love and comedy, as well as historical adventure.
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Following the partly fictional story of the novel (by Géza Gárdonyi) we see the rise and love life of a gallant Hungarian soldier, Gergely Bornemissza, who is also present at the Battle of Eger - one of the most important battles against the Turkish Empire.
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