Synopsis: In 18th century Europe, King Friedrich II of Prussia leads his army through the seven-years-war with neighboring states, and after numerous near defeats, eventually brings a victorious army back to Berlin.
Genre: Drama
97 min

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Surrounded by

the great powers of Europe...

Ascending Prussia has been fighting

for its rights for decades.

To the surprise of the entire world...

the Prussian king, first laughed at,

but now feared...

has stood his ground against

much greater powers.

But it seems overwhelming now.

Prussia's hour of reckoning is near.

Thank God.

We're coming to the end of the forest.

- We're at the end.

- Finally, out in the open.

- Do you think we'll stop?

- No.

It's not enough we're in the saddle all night.

People have to sleep some time.

The King of Prussia and I

have given up sleep.

Captain Bonin!

- You're in charge of the rear guard.

- I thought I was the vanguard.

No, you'll be the rear guard.

Yes, Sir!

I'll bring up the rear.

- Why?

- The army's turning back.

Well Schraeble, back to the forest.

- The king can kiss-

- I'm afraid he won't do that.

- Captain Droste!

- Yes, sir.

Battalion, halt!

The army is turning back.

This battalion is the vanguard

until the cavalry shows up.

Yes, sir. Back again.

Good God!

His Majesty's orders.


About face! March!

Get up!

Get up!

- Get up, you!

- I'm tired.

About face, march. Insane!

First, he has us march all night,

then turn around.


- His Majesty must have reasons.

- He's out of his mind.

The troops are exhausted.

They need to rest for once.

Sorry, but no.

We have to go back.

My scouts have spotted the Austrians

in three favorable positions.

If we don't hurry,

we'll be trapped.

There you go. Now he's stuck.

Serves him right.

- What?

- That.

We cannot go on.

The troops want to sleep.

Sleep? In light of marching orders?

I'll teach them.

You lazy pigs!

You only eat and sleep!

You don't give a damn

what happens to the army!

Are you just going to drop here?

Do you want to desert your king?

His Majesty orders you

to take your positions.

From General Laudon.

I'm very pleased, gentlemen.

Here, we have the Prussians.

And we're positioned here to there.

- They're trapped.

- Not quite. There's a gap here, right?


Yes, by that hill.

But Friedrich doesn't know that yet.

Laudon is on his way there...

and in two hours,

our troops are complete.

He won't escape us.

If I'm ever born again,

I'll come back with four legs.

You're an animal anyway.

Right. People couldn't take that.

That's great.

You're a hero.

I won't be insulted.

Not by anyone.

- A hero with blisters on his feet.

- Don't remind me.

Five blisters I had to lance.

It was like a waterfall.

Enough water for a horse.

- Be happy you're not a hussar.

- Why?

Well, better blisters on the foot,

than on other parts.

You're really in a good mood.

I am. I feel so safe here,

you know?

Austrians on every side.

No one can take that away.

- I want out.

- What was that?

Repeat that.

No, don't repeat it.

I'm still a reasonable man.

I don't want to be killed for a madman.

A madman?

A normal man would've made peace by now.

But he wages his wars

to the end of the world.

He doesn't need water or food.

He only needs to smell blood.

You smell.


You, come with me.

- Your name is Mampe?

- Yes, Your Majesty.

Musketeer Mampe, sir. Weddingdorf Regiment.

You're that windbag of a Berliner

who escaped the Russian POW camp.

Yes, Your Majesty.

And there was that issue

with the Russian army treasury.

I took it with me

as a souvenir, so to speak.

Yes, but it was empty.

I'd forgotten about that, Majesty.

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