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Mercenaries' Trap (1981)

Capcana mercenarilor (original title)
In 1918 a defeated Austro-Hungarian Baron Colonel Von Görtz returns home to Transylvania which has just been lost to Romania. A vengeful Von Görtz punishes the nearby villagers but Romanian Major Tudor Andrei aids them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gheorghe Cozorici ...
Baron Colonel von Görtz
Sergiu Nicolaescu ...
Major Tudor Andrei
Captain Luca
Ion Besoiu ...
Captain Resz Lemeni
Amza Pellea ...
Mercenary Frank
Jean Constantin ...
Colea Rautu ...
Sargeant Ion Ailenei
Corneliu Gîrbea ...
Genoan Mercenary Niko
Klaus Gehrke ...
Serban Ionescu ...
Mitru, Luca's Brother
Traian Costea ...
Lieutenant Dumitru Ionescu
Constantin Rautchi ...
Toothless Mercenary
Constantin Codrescu ...
Mayer, Poker Club Manager
Mircea Gogan ...
The Shoemaker
George Mihaita ...
Onut, Luca's Brother


The movie is based on a true story from the end of WWI, in Transylvania. A nobleman who owned some land in Transylvania returns home to find a part of his fortune burned to ashes during late 1918 when power was trasfered from AustroHungary to Romania. Looking for revenge, he ordered the killing of innocent Romanian peasants from a neighbouring village, which he suspected to be guilty for the losses he suffered. A Romanian officer from Romanian Transylvanian Volunteers Corp, decides to help the villagers to face the menace of the nobleman. Written by Motul

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Adventure | Drama | War






Release Date:

26 January 1981 (Romania)  »

Also Known As:

Trap for Hired Guns  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Sergiu Nicolaescu co-wrote the screenplay, directed and starred in this motion picture. See more »


Referenced in Carol I (2009) See more »

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Not so bad as what to follow
19 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Here, the story is still told almost well, and the direction is decent enough. One of the best scenes is the drinking roulette in the end, where the mercenaries are paired two by two, to drink themselves stupid, so that the oe keeping longer of each couple shoots the other. Of course, Amza Pella and Cornel Girbea offer the most interesting confrontation and outcome.

But, all in all, the movie doesn't bring anything new. It's just an adventure film on historical background.

I also remember that when I saw it people were commenting that the censorship had insisted to delete certain scenes, because they were too cruel, and Nicolaescu was able to keep them. For that period, it was interesting enough, but they can't compare with what one can see now as cruelty.

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