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Then I Sentenced Them All to Death (1972)
"Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte" (original title)

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In order to avoid reprisals from the Wehrmacht for the murder of a soldier, intellectuals from a Romanian village try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save everybody.

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Credited cast:
Amza Pellea ...
Ipu, nebunul satului
Cristian Sofron ...
Elev in vacanta
Ion Besoiu ...
Parintele Ioan
Gheorghe Dinica ...
Notar
Ioana Bulca ...
Margareta
Octavian Cotescu ...
Doctorul Bunu
Iurie Darie ...
Ilegalist, fratele elevului
Klára Sebök ...
Clara (as Maria Clara Sebök)
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ...
Plutonierul Gociman (as S. Mihailescu Braila)
Eugenia Bosânceanu ...
D-na Bunu
Eliza Petrachescu ...
Fumegoiaia
Sergiu Nicolaescu ...
colonlul von Eck
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandru Herescu
Ernest Maftei ...
Marcu
Lazar Vrabie ...
Directorul casei de corectie
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During World War II, just before the events of August 23rd 1944, a German soldier is found murdered in a Romanian village. The dead soldier's superior threatens the villagers that unless the perpetrator is handed over by the following morning they will all face reprisals. In order to avoid this, the village intellectuals try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save them.

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One Romanian masterpiece
15 October 2005 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This is a great Romanian movie...i am very subjective because i am Romanian...but anyone,with proper subtitles can enjoy this little masterpiece.It is not like other Nicolaescu's movies,it's more deep,it has a certain touch, a vibrant image that goes beyond the screen.Well directed,well played,tremendous script...what can i say more about it?It has nice FX for that age.Needles to say it benefits by the great great Amza Pellea an actor capable of turning rubble into stardust.He is the main character(Ipu) and his performance is ...how should i say...Oscar!!!Anyway i love the movie because it's alive,it's human and leaves you with a bittersweet taste..


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