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Eugen Barbu (writer)
Vintilä Corbul (writer)
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5 February 1979 (Romania) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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)

Mircea Albulescu ... Samantha's First Kidnapper
Colea Rautu ... Hotel Manager
Gil Dobrica ... Hotel Lounge Singer
Alexandru Dobrescu ... Samantha's Second Kidnapper
Mihai Mãlaimare ... Sache, Hotel Receptionist
Mariana Cerconi
Ion Polizache
Dan Tufaru
Vladimir Gaitan ... Airplane Pilot

Camelia Zorlescu ... French Journalist
George Paul Avram ... Italian Journalist
Rodica Mandache ... Belgian Journalist
Victor Strengaru ... Greek Journalist
Petre Lupu ... Mitch

Rudy Rosenfeld ... American Journalist (as Rudi Rozenfeld)
Ion Colan
Laurentiu Lazar (as Lazar Laurentiu)
Mircea Cretu
Tamara Popescu

Directed by
Sergiu Nicolaescu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eugen Barbu  writer
Eugen Burada 
Vintilä Corbul  writer
Amza Pellea  writer

Produced by
Silvia Kerim .... delegate producer
Corneliu Leu .... producer
Original Music by
Ileana Popovici 
Cinematography by
Nicolae Girardi 
Film Editing by
Gabriela Nasta 
Production Design by
Mara Cuculas 
Mihai Ionescu 
Costume Design by
Doina Levinta 
Makeup Department
Rosalia Bartha .... makeup artist (as Rozalia Bartha)
Production Management
Vasile Carpan .... unit manager
Lucian Dante Gologan .... production manager
Ion Dorutiu .... unit manager
Constantin Florea .... unit manager
Marian Moldoveanu .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Paduraru .... assistant director
Mariana Petculescu .... assistant director
Art Department
Alexandru Spiridon .... props
Sound Department
Andrei Papp .... sound
Gabriel Pavelescu .... sound assistant
Anusavan Salamanian .... sound (as A. Salamanian)
Special Effects by
Pascu Davidson .... special photographic effects
Nicolae Novac .... special effects technician (as Nae Novac)
Alexandru Popescu .... special effects (as Alecu Popescu)
Lucia Suru .... special photographic effects
Szabolcs Cseh .... stunt coordinator
Doru Dumitrescu .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pompiliu Avram .... camera technician (as Avram Pompiliu)
George Cricler .... camera operator
Natale Dumitrescu .... still photographer
Ion Olteanu .... gaffer
Petre Sorescu .... assistant camera
Catalin Vago .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sergiu Comarniceanu .... assistant costume designer
Viorica Moldoveanu .... costumer
Editorial Department
Stela Mihalcea .... assistant editor
George Palivet .... lab technician
Tia Petrancu .... color timer
Georgeta Radulescu .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ileana Popovici .... music editor
Other crew
Domnica Radulescu .... script supervisor
Ioan Stefanuc .... title designer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nea Mãrin miliardar" - Romania (original title)
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88 min
Color (Fujicolor) | Color
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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The movie was filmed at the Black Sea Riviera, a popular holiday destination for Romanians since the 1970s when the Riviera was extensively developed to match western standards.See more »
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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A great actor and character carries this film, 16 October 2005
Author: Ana_Banana from Romania

I have seen this movie several times and each time with delight, though I recognized its flaws in the script and technicalities. But this movie is a must see for every Romanian, due to its great cast and first of all to the lead actor Amza Pellea, one of the best Romanian actors ever. He was equally great in dramas and in comedies, playing heroes from the history, tough dramatic characters, or droll peasants like in this one. The main problem with this film is that it would be hardly understandable for non-Romanian viewers. You have to be familiar with some Romanian realities, especially from the country and the Communist era, and with the formidable TV stand up comedy character ("nea Marin", uncle Marin) around whom the parody plot is built up and who was created by the same Amza Pellea. If one translated the dialogs and dubbed the voice of "nea Marin", all the charm and fun would be gone. And here's a somewhat sentimental component: part of my family originated from the same southern region of Romania, and I laugh each time at the humor and peasant's common sense of that character, very similar to my father's and my uncle's. "Nea Marin" lives!

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