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Operation 'The Bus' (1978)

Actiunea Autobuzul (original title)
In 1950 a Western spy is clandestinely parachuted into Communist Romania to retrieve secret WW2 codes and agent lists and also to assist a group of anti-Communist guerrillas escape but the Communist police is setting a trap.


Virgil Calotescu


Mircea Gandila, Ioan Grigorescu (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Mircea Albulescu ... Securitate colonel Popa
Aura Andritoiu Aura Andritoiu ... Olimpia
Ion Anghel Ion Anghel ... Securitate officer Foma
Aurelian Banica Aurelian Banica
Constantin Bîrliba Constantin Bîrliba
Mariana Calotescu Mariana Calotescu ... Amalia the Securitate agent
Costel Constantin Costel Constantin ... Ludovic Franga
Jean Constantin Jean Constantin ... Gipsy in the bus
Cezara Dafinescu Cezara Dafinescu ... Boss' Daughter Ani
Mircea Diaconu
Ion Dichiseanu ... Undercover Securitate agent Marius Mardopol
Dumitru Dimitriu Dumitru Dimitriu
Gheorghe Dinica ... Armand the Baron
Ion Dinu Ion Dinu
Jean Lorin Florescu Jean Lorin Florescu ... Willy Cristodul


An agent is sent to recover part of a code that would lead to secret information gathered during the war by Nazi Secret Service leader Canaris. He would have to parachute himself and then initiate contact with his liaison person in the Carpathian Mountains. He would have to join a resistance group who were fighting against the communist regime and help them get out of the country. The Romanian secret service intervenes and sends an agent to counterspy. The plan was to evacuate the rebels using a bus. And the action begins. Written by Andrei

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The spy. The bus. The action.







Release Date:

16 January 1978 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Bus Action See more »

Filming Locations:

Campulung Muscel, Romania See more »


Box Office


ROL2,938,000 (estimated)
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Color (Fujicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filming lasted for 42 days between 27 of June,1977 and 18 of August,1977 See more »

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A worthy action movie
25 July 2007 | by andrei1981-1See all my reviews

This is an excellent action-thriller movie about the resistance against the communist regime in the 1950s Romania. The script had to pass the special Romanian communist propaganda committee, so that the resistance members in the mountains were officially called bandits and outlaws fighting against "democracy". In reality the resistance against communism was fierce and the regime had to struggle more than ten years to wipe it. They are all now considered local heroes and freedom fighters in Romania. Nevertheless, due to the fact that the movie was released during the communist regime, it had to sustain the official propaganda, so the writers and directors had no personal choice, beside giving up the project. Still, the movie has the "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" effect, where the public is emotionally attached to the villains in the film, an effect that the communist propaganda could not control. It is really an interesting movie to see: great action, great actors and a climactic ending.

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