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Then I Sentenced Them All to Death (1972)

Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte (original title)
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.

Director:

Sergiu Nicolaescu

Writers:

Titus Popovici (novel), Titus Popovici (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Amza Pellea Amza Pellea ... Ipu, nebunul satului
Cristian Sofron Cristian Sofron ... Elev in vacanta
Ion Besoiu Ion Besoiu ... Parintele Ioan
Gheorghe Dinica ... Notar
Ioana Bulca Ioana Bulca ... Margareta
Octavian Cotescu Octavian Cotescu ... Doctorul Bunu
Iurie Darie Iurie Darie ... Ilegalist, fratele elevului
Klára Sebök Klára Sebök ... Clara (as Maria Clara Sebök)
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ... Plutonierul Gociman (as S. Mihailescu Braila)
Eugenia Bosânceanu Eugenia Bosânceanu ... D-na Bunu
Eliza Petrachescu Eliza Petrachescu ... Fumegoiaia
Sergiu Nicolaescu ... colonlul von Eck
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandru Herescu Alexandru Herescu
Ernest Maftei Ernest Maftei ... Marcu
Lazar Vrabie Lazar Vrabie ... Directorul casei de corectie
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Storyline

During World War II, just before the events of August 23rd 1944, a German soldier is found murdered in a Romanian village. The dead soldier's superior threatens the villagers that unless the perpetrator is handed over by the following morning they will all face reprisals. In order to avoid this, the village intellectuals try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save them.

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murder | reprisal | wehrmacht | gun | tank | See All (7) »

Genres:

War | Drama

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

24 January 1972 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Then I Sentenced Them All to Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

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Production Co:

Filmstudio Bucuresti See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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13 January 2005 | by cold_az_iceSee all my reviews

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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