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The Graduates (1986)

Liceenii (original title)
The love story of two tenth-graders in Romania before the revolution.


Nicolae Corjos


George Sovu


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefan Banica Jr. Stefan Banica Jr. ... Mihai
Mihai Constantin Mihai Constantin ... Ionica
Oana Sîrbu Oana Sîrbu ... Dana
Cesonia Postelnicu Cesonia Postelnicu ... Geta
Tudor Petrut ... Serban
Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez ... Isoscel
Ion Caramitru ... Socrate
Silviu Stanculescu Silviu Stanculescu ... Serban's Father
Dorina Lazar Dorina Lazar ... Serban's Mother
Sebastian Papaiani Sebastian Papaiani ... Mihai's Father
Cristina Deleanu Cristina Deleanu ... The High-school Principal
Iarina Demian Iarina Demian ... Dana's Mother
Liviu Craciun Liviu Craciun ... Dana's Father
Mihai Mereuta Mihai Mereuta ... Doorkeeper Pandele
Catalin Paduraru Catalin Paduraru ... Vlad


The love story of two tenth-graders in Romania before the revolution.

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Release Date:

27 October 1986 (Romania) See more »

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The Graduates See more »

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Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Follows Confessions of Love (1985) See more »

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Charming indeed!
21 August 2009 | by Mihnea_aka_PitbullSee all my reviews

As it happens, I was an assistant director to this movie - so my comments will provide some really valuable inside info.

Not surprisingly at all, the script was quite lousy. George Sovu, an education department inspector, was trying his hand at screen-writing, careful not to offend the communist authorities... I remember so well how exasperated Stefan Banica was - during the rehearsals, he was telling me: "I should paste on my brow the Communist Party status!"

...But what really saved the movie, was Nicolae Corjos' talent - his unique feeling of making it true. While shooting the most sensitive scenes, he used to say: "Now, silence, please... we must concentrate... and a sort of magic gets created, helping our actors to play their roles..." So, it's not surprising at all that this movie had such a box office success. Nick Corjos really knew how to talk to his audience.

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