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Cu mâinile curate (1972)

Set in post war Romania, a communist who was tortured by the fascists during the war is now a police detective and sets about clearing his city of gangsters and black marketeers.

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Sergiu Nicolaescu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilarion Ciobanu Ilarion Ciobanu ... Mihai Roman
Alexandru Dobrescu Alexandru Dobrescu ... Stefan Patulea
Sergiu Nicolaescu ... Tudor Miclovan
Gheorghe Dinica ... Lascarica
George Constantin George Constantin ... Semaca
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ... Buciurligä
Sebastian Papaiani Sebastian Papaiani ... Oarcä
Aimee Iacobescu Aimee Iacobescu ... Charlotte
Monica Ghiuta Monica Ghiuta ... Dna Patulea
Corina Chiriac Corina Chiriac ... Cântäreata
Mariam Barry Dialo Mariam Barry Dialo
Emanoil Petrut Emanoil Petrut ... Nicolae
Chiril Economu Chiril Economu
Mihai Mereuta Mihai Mereuta ... Schiopu
Dorin Dron Dorin Dron ... Puiu Scortea
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Set in post war Romania, a communist who was tortured by the fascists during the war is now a police detective and sets about clearing his city of gangsters and black marketeers.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Romania | West Germany

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

30 October 1972 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

With Clean Hands See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Scene of investigating the rail station area the morning after the night gunshots: a Sulzer diesel loco DA 060 model passes in the background. That is the early 60s built, while in 45-46 when the action is set the Romanian railways operated the Sulzer DE 41 model. See more »

Quotes

Tudor Miclovan: Hands up, drop your weapons! Freeze all! You are arrested, Semaca!
Semaca: Hold your fire, commissioner! I promise to you - none will move!
Lascarica: Mr. Semaca! This is me, Lascarica! Please, believe me that I didn't betray you! I was brought here forcefully! Can you hear me, Mr. Semaca...?
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Sinister, but amazing
20 May 2015 | by tony_le_stephanoisSee all my reviews

The meaning of Cu Mainile Curate is pretty obvious. As in many communist films, we have a noble, incorruptible hero (Mr. Roman), who, as a cop, tries to beat the evildoers. In this case: ruthless mobsters. They are tough competition. No wonder these cops sometimes use the same methods (terrorizing, shooting people) in order to get them. 'I want them alive… as much as possible.'

It is obviously a politically motivated gangster flick. Of course there's a bend cop with a 'wrong history'. He just has to go. And of course tough cop Miclovan (played by director Sergiu Nicolaescu himself), who seems to enjoy beating up villains, teams up with our protagonist, as his violent but necessary counterpart.

A lot of surprises in this film. In the first place: it looks AMAZING for a crime film, with its setting in prewar Bucarest. Beautiful cars, beautiful old buildings, beautiful suits. Unexpectedly great music (Richard Oschanitzky, who composed the score for 25 Rumanian films). Great scenes. The one with the empty factory and the table in the center. The heist with the tank. The chase scene in the outskirts. Secondly: the original story telling. There are actually a couple of stories intertwined, loosely build around this one noble cop, like a Rumanian mini The Wire.

And I never expected this much violence. This is a ruthless crime flick. People getting shot is as common as it can get. In this way it sometimes reminds me of poliziotto films. It gives the film a sinister atmosphere. Shootouts are cool but execution kind of stuff is way too much, at least for me… I rate this 8/10.


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