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Men at Arms (2005)

Malev (original title)
A fake historic epic on the Middle Ages and Estonia's not-so-glorious past.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ott Sepp Ott Sepp ... Uru
Mirtel Pohla Mirtel Pohla ... Ilge
Uku Uusberg Uku Uusberg ... Tugis
Argo Aadli Argo Aadli ... Leholas
Üllar Saaremäe Üllar Saaremäe ... Mentor Wolfram
Mait Malmsten Mait Malmsten ... Brother Wismuth
Ain Mäeots Ain Mäeots ... Lembitu
Merle Jääger Merle Jääger ... Lembela
Märt Avandi ... Jurmala's bailiff Hippolyt
Raivo E. Tamm Raivo E. Tamm ... Bishop Albert
Anti Kobin Anti Kobin ... Manivalde
Sergo Vares ... Henry of Livonia
Kusti Laid Kusti Laid ... Young Uru
Tarmo Tagamets Tarmo Tagamets ... Brother Joschka / Vesse
Dajan Ahmet Dajan Ahmet ... Chingis-Khan


Year 1208. The first Eastward enlargement of Europe is under way. Brutal forces of the Teutonic Order are steadily marching on. In their path live a simple and peaceful people, whose main pastimes include cultivating the earth, singing and, if possible, doing both at the same time. They are the Estonians. Ignorant in the ways of war, they find an unlikely leader in a young boy with Catholic upbringing. In their fight for freedom, the Estonians encounter numerous obstacles, including the Germans, French, Russians and, worst of all, the Latvians. Will they succeed in defeating their enemies or will they experience a cultural awakening? Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 September 2005 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Harcra fel See more »

Filming Locations:

Kuressaare, Estonia See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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What REALLY happened when the crusaders came to Estonia?
26 October 2005 | by TaRaKaN87See all my reviews

Malev is a really great film about a boy, Uru, who was taken from his village by German crusaders. He is taken to a church, far from his homeland. There he meets a revolutionary monk-spy, Mentor Wolfram, from France, who works for a group of monks, who are after Estonian frogs. Wolfram teaches the boy to fight, to read and helps him in other ways too. Uru and Wolfram meet the Bishop in Riga at some point. There he overhears the plans to invade Estonia. Uru grows up and escapes with the help of Wolfram.

No one at home believes Uru and no one listens to him until one day the Germans attack. Uru goes from a village to a village searching for help. Finally a meeting of village elders is arranged and there they decide with Uru's help to create a militia to go up against the Germans.

Altogether it's a wonderful and a really funny movie and there is a really funny and twisted perspective on history in that movie. The only problem is, that most of the jokes in the movie can't be translated or they lose their point.

It was the first movie I went to see in the cinema in a really long time and it was really worth it. I'd really like to see it again.

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