Set in post war Romania, a communist who was tortured by the fascists during the war is now a police detective and sets about clearing his city of gangsters and black marketeers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilarion Ciobanu ...
Alexandru Dobrescu ...
Stefan Patulea
Sergiu Nicolaescu ...
Gheorghe Dinica ...
Lascarica
George Constantin ...
Semaca
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ...
Buciurligä
Sebastian Papaiani ...
Oarcä
Aimee Iacobescu ...
Charlotte
Monica Ghiuta ...
Dna Patulea
Corina Chiriac ...
Cântäreata
Mariam Barry Dialo
Emanoil Petrut ...
Nicolae
Chiril Economu
Mihai Mereuta ...
Schiopu
Dorin Dron ...
Puiu Scortea
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Set in post war Romania, a communist who was tortured by the fascists during the war is now a police detective and sets about clearing his city of gangsters and black marketeers.

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30 October 1972 (Romania)  »

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Whenever the action takes place in some night club, although the movie is set in 1945, the hair cuts, clothes and attitude of women are characteristic for '70. See more »

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Mihai Roman: Drop your weapons! You are all under arrest!
Semaca: You came in time, commissioner.
Mihai Roman: Hands up!
Semaca: Commissioner, please, allow me to explain...
Mihai Roman: Take him away!
Mihai Roman: Miclovan...! Hey, old chap! What's up with you? Is it serious?
Tudor Miclovan: Piece of cake... They riddled me.
Tudor Miclovan: Why did you come here?
Mihai Roman: Well... I counted on your flair...
Tudor Miclovan: Too bad... that you stood in front of him.
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Sinister, but amazing
20 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

The meaning of Cu Mainile Curate is pretty obvious. As in many communist films, we have a noble, incorruptible hero (Mr. Roman), who, as a cop, tries to beat the evildoers. In this case: ruthless mobsters. They are tough competition. No wonder these cops sometimes use the same methods (terrorizing, shooting people) in order to get them. 'I want them alive… as much as possible.'

It is obviously a politically motivated gangster flick. Of course there's a bend cop with a 'wrong history'. He just has to go. And of course tough cop Miclovan (played by director Sergiu Nicolaescu himself), who seems to enjoy beating up villains, teams up with our protagonist, as his violent but necessary counterpart.

A lot of surprises in this film. In the first place: it looks AMAZING for a crime film, with its setting in prewar Bucarest. Beautiful cars, beautiful old buildings, beautiful suits. Unexpectedly great music (Richard Oschanitzky, who composed the score for 25 Rumanian films). Great scenes. The one with the empty factory and the table in the center. The heist with the tank. The chase scene in the outskirts. Secondly: the original story telling. There are actually a couple of stories intertwined, loosely build around this one noble cop, like a Rumanian mini The Wire.

And I never expected this much violence. This is a ruthless crime flick. People getting shot is as common as it can get. In this way it sometimes reminds me of poliziotto films. It gives the film a sinister atmosphere. Shootouts are cool but execution kind of stuff is way too much, at least for me… I rate this 8/10.


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