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A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are... See more »

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Alice
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Max Rosenthal
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Virgil
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Holban
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Lidia
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Razvan
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Dumi
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Flaviu
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Iorgu
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Sonia
John Henshaw ...
Judge
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Prosecutor
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Gogo
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Agent
Frances Cuka ...
Sarah
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Studio Manager
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Minister
David de Keyser ...
Moritz
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Prison Commander
Stuart McQuarrie ...
Damaceanu
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Production Manager (as Alin Olteanu)
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Securitate Agent
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Prostitute 1
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TV Host
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Policeman
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Security Officer
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Viorel
Ed Gaughan ...
Defense Attorney
Ionut Grama ...
Boris
George Burcea ...
Security Officer
Cristian Bota ...
Officer
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Mirel
Isaiah Michalski ...
Young Max
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The Comandant
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Matei
Orlando Petriceanu ...
Gaffer 1
Mihai Cojocaru ...
Soldier 1
Ioana Chitu ...
Continuity Girl

Directed by

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Nae Caranfil

Written by

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Nae Caranfil ... (written by)

Produced by

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Michael Fitzgerald ... producer
Denis Friedman ... producer
Penelope Glass ... executive producer
Alessandro Leone ... producer
Bobby Paunescu ... producer
Renata Ranieri ... producer
Richard Romero ... associate producer
Ugo Tucci ... executive producer

Music by

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Laurent Couson

Cinematography by

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Marius Panduru

Film Editing by

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Catalin Cristutiu
Larry Madaras
Roberto Silvi

Editorial Department

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Edo Brizio ... associate editor (as Edward Brizio)
Mihai Codleanu ... assistant editor
Alexandru Enache ... credits designer
Catalin Miloiu ... colorist

Casting By

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Leo Davis
Laura Grosu
Lissy Holm
Liliana Toma

Production Design by

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Christian Niculescu

Set Decoration by

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Andreea Popa

Costume Design by

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Doina Levintza ... (as Doina Levinta)

Makeup Department

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Lucas Coulon ... key hair stylist
Andreescu Maria ... co-key makeup artist
Laura Ozier ... key makeup artist
Elena Tudor ... co-key hair stylist
Manuela Tudor ... assistant hair stylist: crowd

Production Management

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Bogdan Dumitru ... post-production supervisor
Lukasz Poninski ... Studio executive: Alvernia Studios

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anca Butoi ... second assistant director
Brian W. Cook ... first assistant director
Matei Lupu ... 3rd AD Trainee / Cast Assistant #2
Mariuca Petre ... first assistant director: Romania

Art Department

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Onica Cosmin ... painter assistant
Ghinea Diana ... assistant art director
Cristian Mihaila ... prop buyer
Cosmin Miroiu ... art department
Georgiana Miroiu ... art department
Alina Petrini ... art department coordinator
Maria Pop ... assistant art director
Andrei-Florian Popa ... draftsman
Mihai Stanciu ... head painter
Adrian Ungureanu ... painter
Laurentiu Zarnoianu ... property master

Sound Department

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David Bach ... dialogue/adr supervisor
Philippe Bouchez ... boom operator
Inu Chivu ... cable man
Alexandru Dumitru ... sound editor (foley recordist, foley editor)
Marius Leftarache ... sound designer
Tim McKeown ... dialogue editor (as Timothy D. McKeown)
Florin Tabacaru ... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Dominique Vieillard ... sound mixer

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Stegaru Adrian ... special effects / weapons coordinator

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Calin Bogdacenco ... compositor
Edward Fleissig ... cg modeler
Dragos Tanase ... compositor

Stunts

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Madalin Dragan ... stunt double: Joe Armstrong
Mihai Iliescu ... stunt double: Mark Strong
Petre Marin ... stunt performer (as Marin Petrica)
Andrei Vintileanu ... stunts
Cosmin Padureanu ... stunt performer (uncredited)

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Ciobanu Alin ... electrician
George Budescu ... video assist operator
Daniel Ciobanu ... electrician
Radu Cioplea ... second assistant camera
Nica Constantin ... focus puller
Liviu Darascu ... grip
George Dascalescu ... "a" camera operator
George Ivascu ... grip
Erwin Landau ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Cristi Lupu ... second assistant camera
Sorin Nainer ... still photographer
Dan Nanoveanu ... camera operator
Dana Nicolaescu ... film loader
Richard Romero ... additional camera
Adrian Sandor ... first assistant camera

Casting Department

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Marta Leone ... casting: Poland (as Marta Dudkiewicz)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Adina Bucur ... costume supervisor
Mariana Bujoi ... costume assistant
Cristina Ghergheli ... costume assistant
Florina-Anca Oprea ... breakdown artist
Diana Sav ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Marius Dobrean ... location manager
Mihai Mitrea ... location manager

Music Department

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Laurent Couson ... musical director
Alexis Marzin ... assistant music mixer
Piotr Witkowski ... music score recordist

Transportation Department

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Radu Vaida Muntean ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Sandra Butterworth ... dialect coach
Cristian Coman ... production assistant
Ruxandra Ghitescu ... script supervisor
Stéphane Larquemin ... administrator
Marta Leone ... production secretary (as Marta Dudkiewicz)
Isabela Opran ... production coordinator
Luana Popa ... assistant line producer
Virginie Simon ... legal advisor
Lucia Toderiuc ... production accountant
Nell Voss ... assistant to executive producer
Huma Khan ... director legal post production (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Bucharest 1959. A spectacular Bank heist has the country in an uproar. In post-war Communist Romania it is an unimaginable slap in the face to the iron fisted authorities. Four men and a woman are arrested, tried, convicted and while waiting for their execution... are forced to star in a propaganda film about the crime. All five protagonists were heroes of the resistance during the Second World War and highly placed members of Romanian society. They clearly knew they would be caught and executed. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • Mai aproape de luna (Romania)
  • Gang Rosenthala (Poland)
  • Näher am Mond (Germany)
  • Mais Perto da Lua (Brazil)
  • Ближе к Луне (Russia)
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  • 112 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Nae Caranfil on the historical background and his research: "...usually I don't do very much research. I rely on my imagination but this time, I tried to get every bit of information I could. The best thing I did, in a way, was to get hold of some Israeli Romanian language magazines published in Tel Aviv where they made a whole file over three or four editions of the events with people that were remembering things in very different ways. So, I got very different angles on this story and then, aside from the documentary film [Great Communist Bank Robbery (2004)] made by Alexandru Solomon, I saw another documentary film [Reconstruction (2002)] of which nobody knew in Romania, made by the woman's granddaughter [Irene Lusztig]. She's living in New York and she came to Bucharest in 1999 and made a documentary about her grandmother." [2014] See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Reconstruction (1960). See more »
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Quotes Title Card: During World War II, the anti-Nazi resistance in Romania was mainly organized by the Communist Party.
Title Card: A number of young Jews joined the cause, believing their freedom would come from the Soviet Union.
Title Card: The Red Army didn't free, but enslaved the country, along with the whole Eastern and Central Europe. An iron-fist regime was installed.
Title Card: Former Jewish partisans became part of the governing elite.
Title Card: Their positions started to erode until, by the last years of the 50's, they were being systematically removed from positions of power and influence.
Title Card: Based on a true story.
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