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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gheorghe Cozorici ...
Baron Colonel von Görtz
Sergiu Nicolaescu ...
Major Tudor Andrei
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Captain Luca
Ion Besoiu ...
Captain Resz Lemeni
Amza Pellea ...
Mercenary Frank
Jean Constantin ...
Corcodel
Colea Rautu ...
Sargeant Ion Ailenei
Corneliu Gîrbea ...
Genoan Mercenary Niko
Klaus Gehrke ...
Mercenary
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
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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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26 January 1981 (Romania)  »

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Trap for Hired Guns  »

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Loosely based on historical events that took place in 1918, in Transylvania. See more »

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Nicolaescu's last acceptable movie
21 May 2008 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

The most significant aspect of "The Mercenaries' Trap" consists in the fact that it's definitely the last movie where we can recognize something of the long gone adventure spirit of Sergiu Nicolaescu, once so nicely worked up in his cop movies from the years 1972-1974. After 1976, the popular movie-maker started to gradually lose his energy, resourcefulness and skills, and "Capcana mercenarilor" represents his last partially successful effort of becoming again what he had been in his youth years. The narrative is convincingly fast paced, the paranoid atmosphere in the castle is indeed claustrophobic and terrorizing, and the cruelty scenes, although extremely tame and delicate by any objective standards, seemed really shocking in those years when the communist censorship was forbidding any so-called "excesses" in Romanian cinema. Also, the movie can rightfully boast with some good performances by Gheorghe Cozorici, Amza Pellea, Cornel Gârbea, Mircea Albulescu, Constantin Rautchi and Klaus Gehrke. Acceptable for anyone longing for some old-fashioned style war cinema.


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