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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.


Sergiu Nicolaescu


Titus Popovici (novel), Titus Popovici (screenplay)




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 ... 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


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) »


War | Drama


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A Well-Made War Drama With Clever Social Commentary
25 July 2020 | by max4movieSee all my reviews

Full review on my blog max4movies: Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte (international title: Then I Sentenced Them All to Death) is a drama set in the last days of World War II in a small Romanian village. The mysterious death of a German soldier kicks off events that lead to the village leaders trying to convince the local idiot to take the blame for the murder. Apart from the strong and obvious social commentary about the exploitative behavior of people in higher social classes, the movie simply looks stunning with a great sense of framing that makes several moments feel chillingly claustrophobic. In addition, most actors portray their characters authentically, which makes the dramatic elements, as well as the more light-hearted moments believable.

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24 January 1972 (Romania) See more »

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Filmstudio Bucuresti See more »
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