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Uncle Marin, the Billionaire (1979)

Nea Mãrin 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 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 ...
Puiu Calinescu ...
Lieutenant Colombo
Stela Popescu ...
The Vamp
Stefan Banica ...
Vasilica Tastaman ...
Hotel Boutique Clerk
Hamdi Cerchez ...
Adina Popescu ...
Hotel Room Attendant
Stefan Thuri ...
Gang Member Rich
Brandusa Manu ...
Samantha Juvett (as Brîndusa Manu)
Corneliu Gîrbea ...
Peach (as Cornel Gîrbea)
Samantha's First Kidnapper


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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Release Date:

5 February 1979 (Romania)  »

Also Known As:

Uncle Martin, the Multimillionaire  »

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Box Office


ROL 3,702,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During filming, Director Sergiu Nicolaescu suffered a sciatic nerve attack and he was hospitalized.Nevertheless, he continued to direct the film from a stretcher maintained in a near vertical position. See more »


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Comedy, comedy
12 September 2003 | by (Bucharest Romania) – See all my reviews

The story is based of a character (very) well know in Romania. Nea (uncle) Marin is a very funny peasant from Olt - county, sometimes smart, sometimes simple-minded but always giving rise to laugh. The movie, the story cannot be seen without knowing Nea Marin as a preliminary. Very interesting is that the character Nea Marin was create by the late actor Amza Pellea, he too born in Olt and a lot of the funny stories which made famous Nea Marin, was write by his performer, so the success of Nea Marin is in fact based by fiction or real happenings from his original place. He also became famous because of a small and funny pun. " Leana a lu' trasnitu' din capul satului", Leana, wife of the cracked from top of village, very close to " Leana a lu' trasnitu' din capul statului" Leana, wife of the cracked from top of state ( sat = village, stat = state) (Nicolae Ceausescu' wife was Elena = Leana).

In this movie, Nea Marin is confused with the american millionaire Juvet. Mr. Juvet's daughter is kidnap, the "bad guys" are tracked bay other team of bad guys, which also kidnap the girl from the first team, Mr. Juvet comes on a neutral zone - Romania - with his briefcase with money, Nea Marin comes too at the same hotel, his nephew gives him a briefcase, identical with Mr. Juvet's and the story goes on with finding and loosing Juvet's money, Nea Marin's leek, Juvet's daughter and everything goes clear when Nea Marin's wife Veta, appear and clean the facts. Sergiu Nicolaescu said later that he tried to do a comedy, if he can do such a movie. Is, however, his only comedy in his career, and one of the few (if it's not the only) when he doesn't appear. (even his voice can be hear at radio) The music comes from the album "World's War".

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