|Mircea Gandila||...||() (as Mircea Gîndila)|
|Beno Meirovici||...||delegate producer|
|Alexandru David||...||(as Sandu David)|
|Dragos Witkowski||...||(as Dragos Witkovska)|
|Nita Dragan||...||assistant editor|
|Livia Ganea||...||assistant editor|
|Georgeta Ivan||...||color timer|
|George Palivet||...||lab technician (as George Palivat)|
|Cornelia Teodoroiu||...||assistant editor|
|Rosalia Bartha||...||makeup artist (as Rozalia Bartha)|
|Mariana Datculescu||...||assistant makeup artist|
|Nicolae Codrescu||...||production manager|
|Ion Dorutiu||...||unit manager|
|Anton Ilie||...||unit manager (as Ilie Anton)|
|Francisc Ilie||...||unit manager|
|Sigismund Klein||...||unit manager|
|Ion Radulescu||...||unit manager|
|Gheorghe Constantinescu||...||assistant director|
|Adriana Dumitrescu||...||assistant director|
|Zoltán Szabó||...||assistant production designer (as Zoltan Szabo)|
|Ion Vasilescu||...||assistant production designer|
|Anusavan Salamanian||...||sound (as A. Salamanian)|
|Valentin Tesa||...||sound assistant|
|Dan Eugen||...||special effects|
|Szabolcs Cseh||...||stunt coordinator|
|Doru Dumitrescu||...||stunt performer|
|Viorel Ivanica||...||stunt performer|
|Alexandru Bilu||...||still photographer|
|Robert Fleischer||...||assistant camera|
|Ilie Rusen||...||assistant camera|
|Petre Sorescu||...||assistant camera|
|Stela Patras||...||assistant costume designer|
|Doina Atanasiu||...||script editor|
The Iron Guard, also known as Legion of Archangel Michael, was a Romanian nationalist and patriotic movement of extreme right; as such, after it rose to power, it supported Nazi Germany and started a fierce campaign of retaliation against its political enemies. As such, in the night of November 26-27, 1940, the Death Teams executed forty political prisoners in the Jilava prison (in the movie, named "Viraga"), and next day, other two Teams arrested and shot the former minister Virgil Madgearu and the world famous historian Nicolae Iorga (in the movie: Costin Märgeanu and Nicolae Jugu). To squash down the political outcry, the Police Prefect Stefan Zävoianu (Visan Nävodeanu) conveniently assigns the cases to a commissioner from the "Morals Division" (prostitution, thieves), Tudor Moldovan, hoping that he will fail to get to the bottom of the case. However, Moldovan has communist sympathies, so he quickly comes under the influence of the Bolshevik Pîrvu, who had escaped during the Viraga massacre, only to be later apprehended again by the police. Pîrvu being an old friend and work mate of Moldovan's father, he feeds to the commissioner all the well-known soviet propaganda, during the interrogatories. Thus gained on the left side, Moldovan turns against the Iron Guards, in a short time gathering enough evidence to close the case. Hearing about this, the Iron Guard Senator Naumescu (Nae Ionescu) tries to bribe Moldovan - but the commissioner only accepts the money (one briefcase containing half a million lei, worth his salary for ten years) to use it for financing the communist party. He then delivers the file to the "Universul" newspaper, but the Legionnaire commissioner Paraipan, his arch enemy, retrieves it before going into print. Learning this, Naumescu orders Moldovan's dispatching. After a long and noisy series of shootouts and street action, Moldovan gradually shoots eight out of the new members of Paraipan's team, sparing only Tänäsescu, who had been assigned as his assistant during the investigation. Loyal to the cause, Tänäsescu informs Naumescu about Moldovan's whereabouts - so the Senator lays a trap for the commissioner, using Tänäsescu as bait. At the height of an unequal confrontation, in the heart of the Plumbuita slum, Moldovan is ridden with bullets by a few dozens of Legionnaires. Written by Mihnea Columbeanu
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|Goofs||When Ilarie Bucur (Vasile Nitulescu) calls Moldovan from Constanta, he greets him with: "Hello, Petre? This is me, Ilarie..." Later, Paraipan (Gh. Dinicä) inquires at a hotel's desk: "This is police, did you see commissioner Tudor Moldovan?" See more »|
|Movie Connections||Followed by Revansa (1978). See more »|
Dincä what shall we do? Vicsoreanu turns me crazy, and Panaitescu ruthlessly warned me: if anything leaks out, he'll hang us...
Alexandru Dincä: I have the solution in my pocket. We assign a smart inspector, liked by the people and not being an Iron Guard. This way, we put everybody's worries to sleep, and we follow with our plan.
Zavoianu: We don't need a too smart one. We risk that he turns all our plans upside down.
Alexandru Dincä: I'll handle the details. The investigation will conclude that the massacre at Viraga was the work of the communists who were trying to escape from the prison, while the other assassinations where operated by certain types who managed to vanish.
Zavoianu: Who do you propose?
Alexandru Dincä: You will see.
Tudor Moldovan: Commisioner Moldovan
Zavoianu: Mr. Moldovan, General Director Dinca has recommended you for a very difficult assignament. I am sure you will carry it to a good ending.
Tudor Moldovan: Vigara?
Zavoianu: So, you can read people's mind, commissioner...
Tudor Moldovan: Not at all, Mr. Prefect, Sir. I just heard the rumors.
Zavoianu: Quick-tongued, quick-minded! I'm convinced you will do well!
Alexandru Dincä: After all, the first step is already done. We arrested two of the communists who broke out last night of Viraga.
Zavoianu: I wish you luck!... What is it, commisioner?
Tudor Moldovan: Mr. Prefect, Sir... It's a political problem and this is none of my business. I deal with others: thieves, hookers...
Alexandru Dincä: Mister Moldovan, this is not for the first time that a criminal case is entrusted to you. It is precisely your political objectivity that made us choose you.
Tudor Moldovan: Thank you for trusting me...
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