Kalibaliken i Bender (1983)

Genres - Historical Film  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Sweden  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

This is a visually opulent story -- geared to a young adult level -- of King Charles the XII of Sweden and how he once tried for five years (1709-1714) to convince the Turks to help him conquer Czar Peter the Great of Russia -- and failed. According to this filmed version of history, seen through the eyes of a Swedish lieutenant, the Turks were equally willing to join with the Russians, or just send Charles back to Sweden. The line between tragedy and farce blurs as the king and his lieutenant try to find a way out of their predicament.