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Uncle Marin, the Billionaire (1979)

Nea Marin miliardar (original title)
A Romanian peasant, visiting a friend who is working at a hotel on the Black Sea Riviera, is mistaken for a look-alike rich American businessman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amza Pellea ...
Uncle Marin Juvete / Mr. Marlon Juvett
Draga Olteanu Matei ...
Veta, Uncle Marin's Wife
Jean Constantin ...
Teach, Gang Leader
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ...
Doe, Crime Boss
Sebastian Papaiani ...
Gogu
Puiu Calinescu ...
Lieutenant Colombo
Stela Popescu ...
The Vamp
Stefan Banica ...
Poe
Vasilica Tastaman ...
Hotel Boutique Clerk
Hamdi Cerchez ...
Moe
Adina Popescu ...
Hotel Room Attendant
Stefan Thuri ...
Gang Member Rich
Brandusa Manu ...
Samantha Juvett (as Brîndusa Manu)
Corneliu Gîrbea ...
Peach (as Cornel Gîrbea)
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Samantha's First Kidnapper
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A Romanian peasant is visiting his friend Gogu who works at a hotel on the Black Sea Riviera.At the same hotel the rich American businessman,Mr.Juvett, with many mob enemies on his tail,is mistaken for the peasant Nea Marin,due to their perfect resemblance.The American mob has a contract on Mr. Juvett's life and hit-men have followed him to Romania.Unfortunatelly for Nea Marin he is thrown into Mr. Juvett's world and vice-versa,with hilarious consequences. Written by nufs68

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5 February 1979 (Romania)  »

Also Known As:

Uncle Martin, the Multimillionaire  »

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ROL 3,702,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The hotel suite used by the American billionaire in the film is the Imperial Suite found on the 19th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest, Romania.The suite has 2 bedrooms and a unique view of the Universitatii Square in Bucharest.The furniture in the suite is made of white walnut and is gilded with gold-leaf.The lighting fixtures are made of Murano glass. See more »

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Miss You
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Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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One briefcase full of money = lots a problems !!!
23 May 2005 | by (CANADA) – See all my reviews

When I saw this movie the very 1st time, I was 15 or 16 years old. I absolutely loved it. A lots of very good romanian actors, for that time, were playing in this movie which by the way was directed by one of the best at the time: Sergiu Nicolaescu.

The story line it is very easy to follow: Bad guys kidnap the daughter of Mr. Juvett in Romania, and they are asking for a briefacse full of US Dollars, in exchange. Everything goes as planned until Uncle Marin shows up at the same hotel where Mr. Juvett is. To complicate matter, he has a similar briefcase except his is filled with bread, beacon and green onions. It doesn't take you long to realize what follows: the two identical looking briefcases are switching owners at a very fast rate and at one point even you will loose track whom has the money or whom has the bacon. The same can be said about the carachters since the Mr. Juvett and Uncle Marin are played by the same actor - Amza Pellea.

The bad guys never seem to get the right combination: they demand the money from Uncle Marin who doesn't have a clue about what is going on and that sometimes he has the money without his knowledge - and other times they finally have the right person with the right briefcase - but with the wrong content.

Yes, this is one of those classic "mix-up" that finally clears up at the end of the movie. Lots a laughs, lots a fun.... it is worth watching it. I just wish I could get this movie on DVD or VHS for North American standards

9 out of 10


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