Drumul oaselor

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This adventure film is set in 19th century Romania but is considered somewhat of an Eastern block Spaghetti Western due to its directorial style and story.

Drumul oaselor (Romania, 1980 / Director: Doru Nastase)

  • Release Date: May 19, 1980
  • Runtime: 116 min

Also known as

Road of Bones (translated title) | A csontok útja (Hungary) | Droga szkieletów (Poland) | Der weite Ritt der Gelben Rose (East Germany) | Auf der Jagd nach dem Schatz von Tudor (West Germany/VHS) | Gnadenlos - Die Hand am Colt (West Germany/DVD)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Florin Piersic (Margelatu), Marga Barbu (Agatha Slatineanu), Ion Marinescu (Officer Baroncea), Iurie Darie (Boier Pana Gradisteanu), Remus Margineanu (Sturzu), Ernest Maftei (Moroiu), Toma Dimitriu (Boier Stroe Gradisteanu), Petre Gheorghiu Dolj (Aga Villara), Adrian Stefanescu (Sfranciog), Ion Besoiu (Lord Gheorghe Bibescu)
  • Screenplay: Eugen Barbu + Nicolae Paul Mihail
  • Cinematography: Vivi Drăgan Vasile [color]
  • Music: George Grigoriu
  • Producer: Lidia Popita-Mohon for Româniafilm


In 1848, idealists and adventurers seek a revolution in the Romanian principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia. The necessary weapons are to be acquired by transporting money abroad. While the daredevil criminal Margelatu supports the revolutionaries, police chief Villara gets wind of the venture. By all means he tries to stop the transport.


This is the first in a series of three Romanian films about the adventures of hero Margelatu, called the "Yellow Rose", played by popular actor Florin Piersic. The other two films are Trandafirul galben (1981) and Misterele Bucurestilor (1983). These films were quite obviously tailored after the Spaghetti Western, with Florin Piersic coming across like a Romanian version of Sartana, lots of hats, horses, action and gunfights. The music includes electric guitar and the camera is occasionally zoom-happy.


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