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Gates to Paradise

UK | Yugoslavia, English, 77 mins

Original Title

La croisade maudite
  • Director: Andrzej Wajda
  • Writer: Jerzy Andrzejewski; Donald Kravanth
  • Producer: Sam Waynberg

CGiii Comment

Apparently, this has never been shown on British TV - there's a reason...many, many reasons.

Basically, it's utter rubbish. The Children's Crusade is a mere fantasy, it never happened.

The script is solely composed of Hail Marys and air-crosses...the children walk, each one confesses their sins to a monk - who is the least monk-ish monk in the whole of Christendom.

All is revealed - there's a poof in the crusade - there actually might be two!!! And then...it ends!

Wajda's talents as a director are questionable - he would be more likely to get blood out of a stone than elicit a decent performance from any of his actors.

Grotesque...and, quite rightly forgotten.


Watch...dubbed in German with English subtitles...rather strange.

The(ir) Blurb...

Some children led a crusade in 1212 to free Jerusalem from Turkish authorities.Two main heroes Nicholas and Stephen use all their might to defeat the enemy.

Cast & Characters

Lionel Stander as Monk;
Ferdy Mayne as Count Ludovic de Vendome;
Mathieu Carriere as Alexis Melissen;
Pauline Challoner as Blanche;
John Fordyce as Jacques de Cloyes;
Jenny Agutter as Maud de Cloyes;
Dragomir Felba as Crusader 1;
Denis Gilmore as Robert;
Gojko Kovacevic as Crusader 2;
Ljabomir Radavic as Crusader 3;
Kynaston Reeves as Superior;
Janez Vrhovec as Francois

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