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Titus Popovici (novel)
Titus Popovici (screenplay)
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24 January 1972 (Romania) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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

Directed by
Sergiu Nicolaescu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Titus Popovici  novel "Moartea lui Ipu"
Titus Popovici  screenplay

Original Music by
Tiberiu Olah 
Cinematography by
Alexandru David 
Film Editing by
Yolanda Mîntulescu  (as Iolanda Mintulescu)
Production Design by
Marcel Bogos 
Set Decoration by
Marcel Bogos 
Costume Design by
Hortensia Georgescu 
Production Management
Sanda Manescu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adriana Dumitrescu .... assistant director (as Adriana Dimitrescu)
Sound Department
Anusavan Salamanian .... sound (as A. Salamanian)
Radu Rusch .... stunts

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Also Known As:
"Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte" - Romania (original title)
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103 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Most German soldiers appear wearing a black uniform with silver skull and crossbones signs hinting that they are part of the SS, as displayed on the original movie poster. However, that was actually the standard uniform of German army tank crews.See more »
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Remade as A Farewell to Fools (2013)See more »


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27 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
great, 13 January 2005
Author: cold_az_ice from Romania

Great movie with great actors. You don't have to be from Romania or eastern Europe to really understand this movie. Try it,you won't regret it. It's one of those movies that you won't forget as long as you live. The best movies ever made in Romania are those who have been made between 1970-1990. Sergiu Nicolaescu is the greatest director from Romania. You must see at least one of his many movies.You'll be amazed by his simplicity and his characters.Amza Pelea is one of the best actors from Eastern Europe.He's an icon in Romania and he is still alive after all of this time,in people's minds.If he was American,he would have become famous around the world.

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