Romania & Movies

Romania has some amazing natural beauty which has made it the backdrop for some well known Hollywood movies such as Cold Mountain. The stunning scenery and low costs makes it an ideal film set.

Many celebrities who visit Romania to film are struck by it’s beauty and often return on vacation.

Tarzan (1932)

Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan

Hollywood’s original Tarzan was born in the city of Timisoara, Romania. Tarzan is Romanian!

Considered by movie-makers “the only man in Hollywood who’s natural in the flesh and can act without clothes”, Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984) was a box-office hit in the 1932 Tarzan the Ape Man.

The ship’s roster from his family’s arrival at Ellis Island lists his birthplace as Freidorf, now a district of the city of Timisoara in Romania.

Freidorf maintains beautiful architecture, old German homes, and lots of green spaces.

Cold Mountain (2003)

Cold Mountain filmed in Romania

The movie Cold Mountain was filmed on location in Romania

Hollywood celebrities Jude Law, Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman relaxed in Poiana Brasov after shooting the film Cold Mountain on location in nearby fields and farms.

Cold Mountain Romanian filming locationsThe filming locations for Cold Mountain in Romania were:

Until recently Nicole Kidman decided she might promote Romania’s tourist attractions in a documentary that Travel Channel will develop.

It seems the movie “Wild Carpathia” (a film about Transylvania that featured Prince Charles) inspired other celebrities to stand by Prince of Wales’s initiative.

Prince Charles has successfully promoted in “Wild Carpathia”, the beautiful scenery of Transylvania, where his ancestor, Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula lived.

Paul Lister (the producer of the documentary “Wild Carpathia”) plans to enroll some of the actors that played in “Cold Mountain”.

Another intention that Lister has is to design a Facebook game, similar to Farmville, which would have the theme of conserving Romania’s forests.



The cast for Cold Mountain was:

  • Jude Law as W. P. Inman, a confederate soldier who deserts the war to be with Ada
  • Nicole Kidman as Ada Monroe, a young woman who lives on Cold Mountain and is Inman’s love interest
  • Renee Zellweger as Ruby Thewes, a woman who helps Ada work on her farm after her father’s presumed death
  • Eileen Atkins as Maddy, an old shepherd woman who nurses Inman back to health
  • Kathy Baker as Sally Swanger, an old woman who lives on Cold Mountain and is Ada’s friend
  • James Gammon as Esco Swanger, Sally’s husband who is also Ada’s friend
  • Brendan Gleeson as Stobrod Thewes, Ruby’s father, who faked his own death during the war
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman Reverend Veasey, an immoral preacher who befriends Inman
  • Charlie Hunnam as Bosie, a member of Teague’s home guard
  • Cillian Murphy as Bardolph, a member of Teague’s home guard
  • Natalie Portman as Sara, a widowed woman who lives with her infant son
  • Giovanni Ribisi as Junior, a woodsman who shelters and betrays Inman and Veasey
  • Donald Sutherland as Reverend Monroe, Ada’s preacher father
  • Ethan Suplee as Pangle, traveling companion of Georgia
  • Jack White as Georgia, a confederate deserter and Ruby’s love interest
  • Ray Winstone as Teague, the sadistic captain of a confederate home guard unit
  • Lucas Black as Oakley, a teenage confederate soldier from Cold Mountain who is killed in battle
  • Emily Deschanel as Mrs. Morgan, a volunteer at the confederate hospital where Inman recuperates from his injuries
  • Jena Malone as a ferry girl who is killed in an ambush while helping Inman and Veasey
  • Melora Walters as Lila, Junior’s attractive wife, who tries to seduce Inman
  • Taryn Manning as Shyla, one of Lila’s three sisters who seduces Veasey
  • Jay Tavare as Swimmer, a soldier in the confederate army

A Princess for Christmas (2011)

a princess for christmas filmed at castle peles, romania

The movie “A Princess for Christmas” (“A Christmas Princess” in the UK) is a comedy-drama film by Michael Damian shot in Romania

The film premiered on December 3 in 2011 and it was shot at:

  • Peles Castle Romania
  • Stirbei Castle Romania
  • The Bragadiru Palace Romania
  • and in Bucharest Romania

The cast includes:

  • Roger Moore as Edward Duke of Castlebury
  • Katie McGrath as Jules Daly
  • Sam Heughan Ashton Prince of Castlebury
  • Charlotte Salt as Lady Arabella Marchand du Belmont
  • Leilah de Meza as Maddie Huntington
  • Travis Turner as Milo Huntington

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