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With Clean Hands (Cu mainile curate)

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With Clean Hands (Cu mâinile curate)
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Cinema Poster
Country ROU-com.jpg Romania
Directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu
Release Date 1972
Language Romanian
Studio Casa de Filme 5
Distributor Romaniafilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mihai Roman Ilarion Ciobanu
Tudor Miclovan Sergiu Nicolaescu
Ștefan Patulea Alexandru Dobrescu
Constantin Semaca George Constantin
Buciurligă Stefan Mihailescu-Braila
Fane Oarca Sebastian Papaiani
Puiu Scorțea Dorin Dron

With Clean Hands (Cu mâinile curate) is a 1972 Romanian crime movie directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu and starring himself as Police Commissioner Tudor Miclovan. The story takes place in Romania immediatly after the World War II. Experienced Tudor Miclovan and newcomer in police Mihai Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu) work together against criminals, sharing the goal but using different methods: Roman is a proponent of "acting with clean hands" while Miclovan prefers a street justice.

Sergiu Nicolaescu's character, Tudor Miclovan, appears first time in this movie. Later the basically same character, but named Tudor Moldavan, appears in several movies (The Duel, A Police Commissioner Accuses, Revenge) that takes place in 1939-1941.

The following weapons were used in the film With Clean Hands (Cu mainile curate):


Smith & Wesson Victory Model

The personal weapon of Commissioner Tudor Miclovan (Sergiu Nicolaescu) is a Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolver. In the final scene Chief Commissioner Mihai Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu) holds Miclovan's revolver. Same revolvers are also seen in hands of Romanian police.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model - .38 S&W
Tudor Miclovan fires his revolver at the police shooting range.
Another view at this scene.
A police officer fires his revolver at criminals.
Miclovan holds his revolver in the final scene. Note the lanyard ring and plain wood grips that allow to distinguish Victory model from Military & Police model.
Miclovan reloads his revolver with the last bullet.

Nagant M1895 Revolver

Russian Nagant M1895 revolvers are used both by criminals and police.

Nagant M1895 Pistol - 7.62x38N cartridge (aka 7.62 Nagant ammo)
A gangster with Nagant revolver is seen during the kidnapping of Commissioner Mihai Roman.
A gangster holds Nagant revolver in the final scene.
Police officer with Nagant revolver arrests the crime boss Semaca (George Constantin).

Velo-Dog revolver

A Velo-Dog revolver is a backup weapon of a gangster Buciurligă (Stefan Mihailescu-Braila).

Belgian Velo-Dog Revolver - 5.75mm Velo-Dog
Buciurliga carries a backup revolver on his leg.
Buciurliga's girlfirend Charlotte (Aimee Iacobescu) plays a dangerous game with a revolver.


Beretta M1934

A Beretta M1934 pistol is a personal weapon of Chief Commissioner Mihai Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu). It is also one of the handguns carried by Buciurligă (Stefan Mihailescu-Braila) and by Commissioner Ștefan Patulea (Alexandru Dobrescu).

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
A close view at Mihai Roman's Beretta.
Miclovan takes Buciurliga's pistol.
Miclovan and Roman both holds Beretta M1934 pistols. The typical plain wood grip of Miclovan's Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolver is also seen.
Roman holds his Beretta.
Patulea with his pistol at the police shooting range.
Another view at Patulea's pistol.
A closer view at the pistol.

CZ 27

A CZ 27 pistol is another one of personal weapons of Commissioner Ștefan Patulea (Alexandru Dobrescu).

CZ 27 - .32 ACP
Patulea with his CZ 27 pistol in the scene of the bank robbery.
Another view at Patulea's pistol in the same scene.

Luger P08 Pistol

Luger P08 pistols are used both by police and criminals.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is a 1917 dated handgun, thus it is a World War One firearm.
An unnamed police commissioner holds his Luger in the opening scene.
A Luger is seen on Ștefan Patulea's (Alexandru Dobrescu) table.
Patulea handles his Luger to Mihai Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu).
Scorțea (Dorin Dron) aims his Luger at Roman. During this scene Scorțea's pistol switches from Steyr M1912 to P08 and back again.

Steyr M1912

Scorțea's (Dorin Dron) Luger P08 switches from Steyr M1912 and back again.

Steyr Model 1912 - 9x23mm Steyr
Scorțea aims his pistol at Mihai Roman. Next moment Steyr will switch to Luger.
The pistol can be seen next to Scorțea's dead hand.

FN Model 1905

An FN Model 1905 (or one of its numerous Spanish copies) is seen in the scene when Tudor Miclovan arrests a criminal Pascu (Mircea Pascu), Buciurligă's henchman.

FN Model 1905 - .25 ACP
Miclovan holds the pocket pistol while Pascu is very upset with this fact.

Submachine Guns


PPSh-41 submachine guns with stick magazines are seen in hands of various criminals, including Buciurligă (Stefan Mihailescu-Braila).

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun with 35 round stick magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A gangster holds a PPSh-41.
Buciurligă fires his PPSh in the scene of the robbery of the cash transporting car. Next to him is his henchman Pascu (Mircea Pascu) with MP38 or MP40.
A gangster with PPSh is seen during the kidnapping of Commissioner Mihai Roman. Note a blank adapter in the muzzle.
A close view at a PPSh in hands of a gangster.
A strange submachine gun is seen in the scene on the police shooting range. It looks mostly like PPSh-41 but has a very short magazine and a different barrel.


MP40 submachine guns are used by various criminals. Some of them can actually be MP38s but none of them is seen clear enough do be identified for sure.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Pascu (Mircea Pascu) holds his MP40 in the scene of the robbery of the cash transporting car. Next to him is his boss Buciurligă (Stefan Mihailescu-Braila) with PPSh-41.
Another view at the same scene.
A gangster holds an MP40.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DT

A Degtyaryov DT machine gun is mounted in a armored vehicle that appeares in the scene of bank robbery. The vehicle is called "a German tank" in the movie but actually this is Czechoslovakian armoured recovery vehicle VT-34, based on T-34 chassis.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
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A Czechoslovakian armoured recovery vehicle VT-34, based on T-34 chassis, appears as "a German tank" that is used by gangsters.

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