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The Last Cartridge (Ultimul cartus)

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The Last Cartridge (Ultimul cartuș)
Ultimul Cartus Poster.jpg
Country ROU-com.jpg Romania
Directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu
Release Date 1973
Language Romanian
Studio Casa de Filme 5
Distributor Romaniafilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mihai Roman Ilarion Ciobanu
Constantin Semaca George Constantin
Jean Semaca Amza Pellea
Ilie Oarca Sebastian Papaiani
Banica Colea Rautu

The Last Cartridge (Ultimul cartuș) is a 1973 Romanian crime movie directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu. It is a direct sequel of With Clean Hands (Cu mainile curate) (1972) and depicts the work of Chief Commissioner Mihai Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu) to avenge the death of his friend Commissioner Tudor Miclovan (Sergiu Nicolaescu) that happened in the final scene of the previous movie.

The following weapons are seen in the movie The Last Cartridge (Ultimul cartuș):


Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Afted the death of Tudor Miclovan (Sergiu Nicolaescu) Mihai Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu) takes Miklovan's Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolver with one last bullet. The revolver is used by Roman in the final scene to avenge Miclovan's death. Same revolvers are also seen in hands of various criminals.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model - .38 S&W
Tudor Miclovan holds his revolver in the flashback scene.
Floacă (Jean Constantin), a hitman, aims his revolver at Roman.
One of Semaca's men, disguised a an ortodoxal monk, holds a S&W Victory revolver.
Roman loads Miclovan's revolver in the final scene. Note the plain wood grips that allow to distinguish Victory model from Military & Police model.
Roman fires.

Arminius HW-3

What appears to be a Arminius HW-3 is briefly seen in one scene.

Arminius HW-3 - .22 LR
A criminal fires HW-3 revolver from the car.


Beretta M1934

As in previous movie, a Beretta M1934 pistol is a personal weapon of Chief Commissioner Mihai Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu).

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Mihai Roman holds his Beretta.
Roman cleans his pistol.
Another view at Roman's Beretta.

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.
A policeman at the left holds a P08.
A criminal with P08 holds two childs as hostages.

FN Model 1905 (Spanish Eibar version)

A pocket pistol, most likely a Spanish, Belgian or Czech version of FN Model 1905, is used by Mihai Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu) in the scene when a trio of criminals hold childs in kindergarten as hostages. Another FN 1905 style pocket pistol, this one nickel plated with pearl grips, is used by the crime boss Constantin Semaca (George Constantin) in the final scene.

FN Model 1905 - .25 ACP
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Roman hides a pistol in his hat. Note that the grip differs from original FN pistol but matches several Spanish models.
Roman fires at a criminal.
Semaca's henchman holds the pistol.
Semaka aims the pistol at Commissioner Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu).

Submachine Guns


PPSh-41 submachine guns with stick magazines used by police and occasionally by criminals.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun with 35 round stick magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Commissioner Roman (Ilarion Ciobanu) holds a PPSh during the shootout at the railway station.
The same scene. Note a blank adapter in the muzzle.
Semaka's men, disguised as police, hold their PPSh SMGs.
One of the trio of criminals who hold childs in kindergarten as hostages.


One of the trio of criminals who hold childs in kindergarten as hostages carries a PPS-43 submachine gun. It has a stick magazine of straight shape, not the curved one. This magazine is supposed to be taken from MP40 and fitted to PPS-43 (what actually happened with some of the guns captured during WWII by the German army and converted to 9mm; anyway, this SMG doesn't fire in the movie). Some sources claim that a version of PPS-43 with a straight magazine was manufactured in China but it's not a veraciously.

Soviet PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPS-43 with straight magazine of supposed Chinese origin
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MP40 submachine guns are used by various criminals.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
A criminal fires his MP40 during the shootout at the railway station.
Another criminal fires an MP40 in the same scene.
One more criminal with MP40. Note that the stock is unfolded which is rare to see in movies.


Double Barreled Shotun

Several double barreled shotguns are seen in hands of Jean Semaca (Amza Pellea) and his huntsmen in the scene of the winter hunting. Jean Semaca claims that his shotguns are of Purdey and Holland & Holland manufacture.

Holland & Holland 'Royal' Double Barrel Shotgun - various calibres. This is a modern model and is placed here for reference.
A huntsman holds a shotgun.
Jean Semaca fires.
Jean Semaca handles his shotgun to a huntsman and takes a Karabiner 98k Sporter from him.


Karabiner 98k Sporter Rifle

A Karabiner 98k Sporter rifle with sniper scope is used by Jean Semaca (Amza Pellea) in the scene of the winter hunting.

Gewehr 98 Sporter - .30-06
Jean Semaca handles his double barreled shotgun to a huntsman and takes a Karabiner 98k Sporter from him.
A bent bolt handle can be seen.
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Unidentified Rifles

In one scene Romanian soldiers carry rifles that are not seen clear enough to be identified for sure. They are supposed to be Romanian contract Vz. 24 but only as a guess.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A straight bolt handle is seen at the left.


According to the story, the cartridge in Mihai Roman's hand is the last one from Miclovan's revolver. But it looks more like a 7.62x25 Tokarev than a .38 Special.
Note the difference between these cartridges.

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