DAY OF THE SIEGE is a powerful, evocative war movie about the 1683 Battle of Vienna that saved Christian Europe from Islamic conquers. In the summer of 1683, 300,000 Muslim warriors of the Ottoman Empire began the siege of Vienna. The fall of the city opens the way to conquer Christian Europe. On September 11, the main battle begins. The survival of western civilization is on the line. A humble monk, Father Marco, plays a key role in helping an indecisive Emperor Leo-pold I to form the Christian army.
DAY OF THE SIEGE is a well-made, inspiring movie with brilliant performances. It stresses the faith and prayers of the Christian Monk and the faith and courage of the Polish King involved in the final battle. The movie contains two remarkable discussions between Father Marco and his childhood friend, who now works for the Grand Vizier, Kara Mustafa. Their discussions highlight the freedom and agape love of Christianity against the submission and violence of Islam. MOV-IEGUIDE® advises caution for older children because of some battle violence and brief nudity in DAY OF THE SIEGE.
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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian worldview with emotionally powerful dramatic scenes and exciting battle scenes, with remarkable discussions between the Christian Monk and his Mus-lim friends addressing God’s love and God’s nature, the monk also addresses the importance of self-defense, and a just war to save a Christian family’s right to worship God and Jesus Christ, and movie has strong Christian, redemptive elements supporting sacrifice, faith, hope, and having the courage to do the right thing, plus movie tells, without physical details, what happens to Non-Muslim women who are captured by Muslims and briefly describes the gruesome deaths of Non-Muslim men and boys called for by the leader of the Muslim forces, the Grand Vizier Foul Lan-guage: One “d” obscenity, one king says OMG three times in a row, a soldier says “Good God” as prayed-for-reinforcements approach, a character during an attack uses a Christ profanity, and a Jesus profanity
Battle action violence where soldiers of both armies are sliced by swords, speared and shot with arrows, and the evil Sultan of the Ottoman Empire has the leader of the defeated Muslim forces strangled, and his son is forced to watch
One scene where a breast grossly disfigured by smallpox is shown, and despot has slaves wash his back in his bathing pool in another scene
No alcohol use
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
One man’s greed drives him to a defeat, and another man’s inaction and fear almost doom Christian Europe.
DAY OF THE SIEGE is a magnificent, engaging movie covering the people, the poli-tics, faith, prayer,p and God’s role in the events of the 1683 battle for Vienna. The movie begins with a monk, Father Marco D’Aviano, who’s believed to have his prayers for the poor and sick miraculously answered. Yet, in the church where many gather, he warns people that it is God who heals and God who helps. He prays with them and challenges them to defend their faith, homes and families. When he prays, a blind man regains his sight and cries out that he can see. Marco has to leave as people just want to touch him while he says it was not him, it was God. In the chapel, he prays to God, “Why me?”
While visiting his parents, Marco hears an uprising. Due to the atrocities of the Turks, they go to hang a Muslim, Abu’l, who’s Father Marco’s friend. Marco rushes out and finds a deaf woman moaning at them. He admonishes them. They leave. He asks Abu’l why he didn’t defend himself. Abu’l says he dies if Allah wills it. In their discussion, Father Marco lets Abu’l know that there is one light, God.
In Istanbul, the Gran Vizier, Kara Mustafa, leads a huge army and speaks with the Sultan. His son is there and is very proud. He and his son return home. Later, Kara is being bathed (UMN) by two women. His favorite wife enters, kidnapped from Italy when 4-years-old. She’s the mother of the son he loves.
Kara proudly tells his wife he will take Vienna and then make Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica a mosque. He shows her an amulet, given to him by Father Marco when they were children after Ka-ra saved Marco’s life. However, Kara’s wife tells him of a recurring dream. A monk holds up a cross and hundreds of archers fire at Kara charging down a hill and dies. Disturbed, he goes to a Muslim Seer who predicts that Kara will see much blood, but the blood will not be his. When Kara leaves for war in Vienna, Kara gives the amulet to a tearful son saying the amulet ensures his re-turn.
A huge comet with a red tail is seen. It is taken by both Kara and Father Marco as a sign of victory.
Emperor Leopold I, played by Piotr Adamczyk, summons Father Marco. He leaves. Abu’l also leaves to join Kara Mustafa, telling his tearful wife. She motions to go, but he refuses. He says his heart tells him to stay with her, but his Muslim faith commands him to leave, adding that his faith comes before love.
Arriving, Father Marco is asked about miracles. He stresses, “Everything comes from heaven.” Marco warns Vienna that Europe is in peril from the Turks. Leopold disagrees because of a peace treaty. Then, Marco declares the Ottoman Turks are in Hungary. He requests Leopold to team with Saxony, Bavaria and Poland, saying France encourages the Turks to break the treaty, and the Mus-lims will arrive. Leopold ignores Marco’s advice, however. When Marco politely declines a dinner invitation and asks for his portion be shared with the poor, Leopold’s daughter, a Duchess, chas-tises him.
Later, the Duchess summons Father Marco. Fearing death, she shows a horribly smallpox-disfigured left breast. Marco prays over her and assures her survival, saying God has need of you. Returning to his monastery, Marco sees Abu’l’s wife and tells her not to seek Abu’l. She shows him that she’s pregnant. He is stunned.
A letter to King Leopold informs the King that Kara will take over Vienna and cut off his head. When 300,000 Turks arrive, Leopold leaves Vienna in fear. The Duke in Vienna is in charge of only 15,000 men. He asks his wife to leave, but she refuses not. The court in Vienna is desperate, but the Duchess, miraculously healed, calls to summon Father Marco. Marco arrives at court. Oth-er people arrive, increasing the forces in Vienna to 50,000. The Countess suggests calling the Poles. The royalty disagrees. Meanwhile, Abu’l’s wife arrives, to Marco’s surprise.
Abu’l comes to Kara, who orders Abu’l to call for Vienna’s surrender. Abu’l warns Vienna but stops in shock when he sees his wife return. She sneaks into his camp. Abu’l denies her, sending her with captive women for the Turks’ pleasure. Then, Abu’l prays, gets his wife and says, “Sometimes faith is not enough.” They leave the other women.
The Tartars arrive, warning Kara to protect the rear from the Poles. He ignores them, however. The Turks blast down Vienna’s wall and attack. It looks hopeless for the city.
Unexpectedly, the Poles arrive. King Sobieski III of Poland demands to lead the armies, to the dis-pleasure of the allies. Father Marco convinces them that Sobieski is the leader. Sobieski plans a desperate charge from Kahlenberg mountain.
Kara has Abu’l arrange to see Marco to find out why Marco saved Abu’s’s life. They have a pow-erful exchange about Islamic submission and Christian virtues. The rest of the movie shows why Marco saved Abu’l’s life and includes the final battle for Vienna between the Christians and the Muslims.
DAY OF THE SIEGE is a magnificent, engaging historical epic about the people, the politics and the faith in the events of the battle for Vienna. It highlights the Christian faith and determination of a monk, Father Marco D’Aviano, as well as the faith and courage of King Jan Sobieski III, to overcome the impossible odds of a 300,000 man Ottoman army. In the movie, Father Marco has some of his prayers for the poor and sick miraculously answered but gives all credit to God. He prays and rallies people to defend their faith and families from the oncoming Ottoman Turkish in-vasion. The indecisive Emperor Leopold fortunately calls for Father Marco, out of curiosity based on rumors of miracles. Marco rouses the sleepy, spoiled Europeans to defend themselves. The bril-liant strategy and efforts of the Polish army surprise and defeat the Turks. There are several battle scenes and the Ottoman Empire Sultan’s execution of Kara Mustafa when he’s defeated.
DAY OF THE SIEGE has several provocative discussions highlighting some differences between Islam and Christianity. This movie also demonstrates the power of prayer and the importance of the virtue of fortitude. It also shows the problem of pride, which almost ruins the Christian alliance and eventually ruins Kara Mustafa and his evil plans.
MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children because of the battle violence and brief nudity in DAY OF THE SIEGE.
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