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Nostradamus
Directed byRoger Christian
Screenplay byKnut Boeser
Story by
  • Piers Ashworth
  • Roger Christian
Produced by
  • Harald Reichebner
  • Edward Simons
Starring
CinematographyDenis Crossan
Edited byAlan Strachan
Music byBarrington Pheloung
Production
companies
  • Allied Entertainments
  • Filmex
  • Nostradamus Enterprises Ltd.
  • Vereinigte Film Partners
Distributed byFirst Independent Films (United Kingdom)
Release dates
  • 18 August 1994 (1994-08-18) (Germany)
  • 16 September 1994 (1994-09-16) (United States)
  • 13 January 1995 (1995-01-13) (United Kingdom)
Running time
119 minutes
Countries
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Romania
LanguageEnglish
BudgetDM$20 million
(USD$12.1 million)
Box office$364,164

Nostradamus is a 1994 biographical drama film directed by Roger Christian and starring Tchéky Karyo as astrologer Michel de Nostredame (often Latinised as Nostradamus). It co-stars Amanda Plummer, Julia Ormond, Assumpta Serna, Anthony Higgins, Diana Quick, Michael Gough, Maia Morgenstern, Rutger Hauer and F. Murray Abraham.

Co-produced by companies from France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Romania, the film was a commercial failure and received mixed reviews.

Plot

The film recounts the life and loves of the physician, astrologer, and famed prognosticator; his encounters with medieval science at the University of Montpellier and the Inquisition; and his early struggles with his visions of the future. The film is set in France in the 16th century during one of the periodic plague outbreaks. Nostradmus meets up with Scaliger in Agen.

Nostradamus prophesies the death of Henry II of France in a jousting match. Nostradamus also says that he "constantly has this word" Hister on his mind. The film depicts Nostradamus's rise in influence, because of both his success in treating plague and his predictions, culminating in his appointment as court physician to Charles IX of France (son of Henry II).

Cast