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Aventurile lui Babusca (1973)

In 1975 two Romanian kids go about their daily routine in their native fishing village on the Danube Delta when a mysterious stranger asks them for a ride in their fishing boat to an island located deep inside the river delta.


Gheorghe Naghi, Geta Doina Tarnavschi (co-director)


Petre Luscalov (novel), Petre Luscalov (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Horia Zugravescu Horia Zugravescu ... Scatiul
Gabriel Nacu Gabriel Nacu ... Babuscä
Annelise Dan Annelise Dan
Amza Pellea Amza Pellea ... One-eye (as Amza Pelea)
Lazar Vrabie Lazar Vrabie ... Police Major Vlad
Ion Marinescu Ion Marinescu ... The Bearded One
Mircea Anghelescu Mircea Anghelescu ... The Hunter
Paul Ioachim Paul Ioachim ... Freddy
Nucu Paunescu Nucu Paunescu ... Onufrei
Mihai Mereuta Mihai Mereuta ... Pocked Face
Constantin Rautchi Constantin Rautchi ... Murfatlar
Emanoil Petrut Emanoil Petrut ... Panait
Gheorghe Naghi Gheorghe Naghi ... Father of Babuscä
Ioana Ciomârtan Ioana Ciomârtan ... Celestina (as Iona Ciomîrtan)
Emil Hossu Emil Hossu ... Police Lieutenant Marinica


During the summer of 1975 two Romanian kids Scatiul and Babusca go about their daily routine in their native fishing village on the Danube Delta when a mysterious stranger asks them for a ride in their fishing boat to a nearby island located deep inside the river delta. The stranger pretends he is a conservationist and biology researcher. However, the kids notice his uneasy demeanor and his pistol stuck in his belt. The two young friends also know that the previous night the local police found a few dead bodies aboard a foreign freighter docked in the area. While the police is investigating the murders that took place aboard the foreign ship Babusca and Scatiul continue to serve as guides to the mysterious stranger on his way to the uninhabited island of Ostrovul Lupilor located deep inside the Danube Delta. The kids start to be afraid for their lives and wonder about their lack of wisdom in agreeing to give the stranger a ride in their fishing boat. Written by nufs68

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Release Date:

1 June 1973 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventures in the Danube Delta See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


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ROL 3,467,000 (estimated)
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Color | Color (Orwocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This motion picture was filmed in the Danube Delta and the Tulcea county, Romania. See more »


At around 55 minutes and 14 seconds into the film a fishing trawler is set on fire but it's an obvious miniature model set against real size reeds and grass on a real river. See more »

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about childhood
10 December 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

not exactly about an age. but about the manner to present it under Communism. adventures, heroism, form of education of the future citizens of socialist Romania. but, against the mix of adventure, thriller and the courage of two boys, the film remains seductive for the landscapes, naivety, the flavor of a period of life for each of us who remains, time by time, the perfect refuge. and the beauty of Delta Dunării is a good gift for transform the film in small but nice delight. a film about patriotism. not very convincing. but useful for discover the manner to define reality for a dictatorship. and for the manner to use a novel as a film in which propaganda has a precise place.

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