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30 October 1972 (Romania) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Sergiu Nicolaescu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Titus Popovici 
Petre Salcudeanu 

Original Music by
Richard Oschanitzky 
Cinematography by
Alexandru David 
Film Editing by
Yolanda Mîntulescu  (as Iolanda Mintulescu)
Production Design by
Radu Boruzescu 
Set Decoration by
Tudor Frîncu 
Costume Design by
Miruna Boruzescu 
Makeup Department
Rosalia Bartha .... makeup artist (as Rozalia Barta)
Production Management
Gheorghe Pîrîu .... production manager
Ion Schihar .... production leader
Vinicius Stinghe .... production leader
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jana Dochita Badea .... assistant director (as Jeana Dochita)
Adriana Dumitrescu .... assistant director (as Adriana Dimitrescu)
Alexandru Maldea .... assistant director
Art Department
Alexandru Cioba .... props
Grigore Emanoil .... props
Lilica Gruicu .... props
Zoltán Szabó .... assistant production designer (as Zoltan Szabo)
Sound Department
Anusavan Salamanian .... sound (as A. Salamanian)
Valentin Tesa .... sound assistant
Special Effects by
Ion Tiberiu .... special effects
Szabolcs Cseh .... stunt coordinator
Doru Dumitrescu .... stunts
Vasile Popa .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexandru Bilu .... still photographer
Robert Fleischer .... gaffer
Ion Patruta .... key grip (as Ion Patrut)
Petre Sorescu .... assistant camera
Aurel Stoenescu .... assistant camera (as Aureliu Stoenescu)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Silvia Axesiuc .... costumer (as Silvia Axeniuc)
Gabriel Conlin .... assistant costume designer
Florica Predoiu .... costumer (as Florica Predoi)
Editorial Department
Cristina Ionescu .... assistant editor
Georgeta Ivan .... color timer
Florica Matase .... assistant editor
George Palivet .... lab technician (as George Palivet)
Other crew
Viktor Jerca .... consultant
Ioan Popescu .... consultant

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95 min
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Anachronisms: 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 »
Tudor Miclovan:Hands up, drop your weapons! Freeze all! You are arrested, Semaca!
Semaca:Hold your fire, commissioner! I promise to you - none will move!
Lascarica:Mr. Semaca! This is me, Lascarica! Please, believe me that I didn't betray you! I was brought here forcefully! Can you hear me, Mr. Semaca...?
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Followed by Un comisar acuza (1973)See more »


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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A political pamphlet, 14 June 2007
Author: andrei1981-1 from New York

'Cu mainile curate' (With Clean Hands)is more a political pamphlet than anything else. Although any political/ historical movie had to be checked by a special division of the Communist Party, Nicolaescu managed to elude their vigilence on one hand and exploit their ignorance, on the other, to make a film which apparently presents the communists in a positive way. In reality there is a lot of subtle political irony, definitely noticed by the public, hence the great success of the film. The story of an apolitical commissar using old methods against the gangsters, very different from the communist view is very interesting especially because the communist view (although ideologically very dear to the Party) was very naive and utopical and of course the public understood the message very well. This commissar has a partner who was put there by the Communist Party, who was a former rugby player. This tells a lot about the irony in the film. The movie is very well made, very careful to details with a great atmosphere of Bucharest in the aftermath of WWII and in the turmoil of the communists ascension to power.

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