Toate pînzele sus

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Toate pînzele sus
Written by Radu Tudoran
Screenplay byMircea Mureșan, Alexandru Struteanu
Directed by Mircea Mureșan
Composer Radu Șerban  [ ro ]
Country of origin Romania
Original languageRomanian
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Production locationRomania
CinematographyNicu Stan
EditorMaria Neagu
Production company Romanian Television
Original releaseMarch 13, 1977 (1977-03-13)

Toate pînzele sus is a TV series of the Romanian Television (TVR), a film adaptation of the novel of the same name, Toate pînzele sus!  [ ro ] ("All Sails Up!"), written by Radu Tudoran. [1]


Plot summary

Produced between 1976 and 1978, the series presents the adventures, which became legendary, of two friends, the Romanian Anton Lupan and the French Pierre Vaillant. Anton Lupan leaves in search of the schooner L'Esperance, his and his friends' ship, without knowing that it has been attacked by pirates. But, above all, he is searching for Pierre, so they can leave together for an unknown land; those who have tried to penetrate this land have died or have returned, after terrible trials, without success in exploring it. He finds the ship, but no one knows anything about his friend. Anton Lupan is forced to leave alone to journey over the Atlantic, with Tierra del Fuego as his destination. The crew has many adventures, facing Moorish pirates and trying to save the cook when he gets in trouble by making reckless bets in Latin American ports. The men are courageous and upright, and so they manage to overcome all their trials and follow their captain with confidence in searching for his missing friend.


Main cast

Secondary roles


  1. Speranța
  2. Secretul epavei ("The Secret of the Shipwreck")
  3. Bazarul deșertăciunilor și Omul negru ("The Vanity Bazaar and the Boogeyman")
  4. Cine ești dumneata, domnule Vaillant? ("Who Are You, Mr. Vaillant?")
  5. Cântecul sirenei ("The Siren Song")
  6. Ancora împotmolită ("The Stranded Anchor")
  7. Uraganul și paharul de apă ("The Hurricane and the Glass of Water")
  8. O întâlnire ... sau chiar două ("A Meeting... or Even Two")
  9. Martin Strickland intră in scenă ("Martin Strickland Enters the Stage")
  10. Praf de aur ("Gold Dust")
  11. La capătul lumii ("At the End of the World")
  12. Aventura nu s-a sfârșit ("The Adventure Is Not Over")


The scenario for the series, based on Radu Tudoran's novel Toate pînzele sus! (1954), was written by Alexandru Struțeanu and Mircea Mureșan. The series was filmed in the Film Production Center studios in Bucharest; the producers benefited the support of the party and state organs from Constanța and Tulcea counties, and of the Ministries of Transport and Tourism. Shooting took place in the years 1975–1976. [2]

The series was directed by Mircea Mureșan, helped by assistants directors Mariana Petculescu and Nicolae Corjos.

Production crew


  1. Toate pânzele sus! (1977) – Serial TV,, accessed 2011-11-06
  2. Călin Căliman – "Cinci artiști ai imaginii cinematografice" (Editura Reu Studio, București, 2009), p. 62.

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