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Carlos 

Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (2010)
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The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Edgar Ramírez ...  Ilich Ramírez Sánchez 'Carlos' 3 episodes, 2010
Alexander Scheer ...  Johannes Weinrich 3 episodes, 2010
Fadi Abi Samra Fadi Abi Samra ...  Michel Moukharbel 3 episodes, 2010
Lamia Ahmed Lamia Ahmed ...  Épouse religieux syrien 3 episodes, 2010
Karam Ghossein Karam Ghossein ...  Feday chez Wadie Haddad 3 episodes, 2010
Liane Sellerer Liane Sellerer ...  Épouse Steff 3 episodes, 2010
Philippe Tran Philippe Tran ...  Feday Orly 3 episodes, 2010
Ahmad Kaabour Ahmad Kaabour ...  Wadie Haddad 2 episodes, 2010
Talal Jurdi Talal Jurdi ...  Kamal al-Issawi 'Ali' 2 episodes, 2010
Juana Acosta ...  Amie de Carlos 2 episodes, 2010
Nora von Waldstätten ...  Magdalena Kopp 2 episodes, 2010
Christoph Bach ...  Hans-Joachim Klein 'Angie' 2 episodes, 2010
Rodney El Haddad Rodney El Haddad ...  Anis Naccache 'Khalid' 2 episodes, 2010
Julia Hummer Julia Hummer ...  Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann 'Nada' 2 episodes, 2010
Antoine Balabane Antoine Balabane ...  Général al-Khouly 2 episodes, 2010
Rami Farah Rami Farah ...  'Joseph' 2 episodes, 2010
Aljoscha Stadelmann Aljoscha Stadelmann ...  Wilfred Böse 'Boni' / ... 2 episodes, 2010
Zeid Hamdan Zeid Hamdan ...  'Youssef' 2 episodes, 2010
Fadi Yanni Turk Fadi Yanni Turk ...  Colonel Haïtham Saïd 2 episodes, 2010
Katharina Schüttler ...  Brigitte Kuhlmann 2 episodes, 2010
Badih Abou Chakra Badih Abou Chakra ...  Cheikh Yamani 2 episodes, 2010
Basim Kahar Basim Kahar ...  Riyadh el-Azzawi 2 episodes, 2010
Cem Sultan Ungan Cem Sultan Ungan ...  Agent irakien 2 episodes, 2010
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Storyline

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka 'Carlos,' is a Venezuelan-born Marxist revolutionary who aligns himself with the Palestinian cause and becomes the world's most notorious terrorist. He leads assaults on the meeting of OPEC ministers, taking them hostage and flying them from country to country seeking asylum, one of the most daring acts of terrorism in history. From his earliest days as an apprentice in the revolutionary movement to his subsequent downfall, Carlos becomes a figure of legend. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The man who hijacked the world.


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Canal Plus [France] | MK2 [France]

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France | Germany

Release Date:

11 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,006, 17 October 2010

Gross USA:

$145,118
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Carlos is never once referred to as 'The Jackal' in the entire five-and-a-half hour running time. See more »

Goofs

When Carlos and his militants enter the cockpit of the Austrian Airlines DC-9 after the OPEC siege in Vienna, the Captain of the airplane occupies the right hand seat. He also stays there during the flight. The Captain should sit in the left hand seat. See more »

Quotes

Abdelaziz Bouteflika: I didn't expect to see you again so soon.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': I'm sorry to get you out of bed so late.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika: So things didn't go as planned in Tripoli.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': The Libyans betrayed our cause.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika: I don't think your cause is ours.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': Our pilot is exhausted. And the plane cannot reach our destination. Give us a long-haul plane and we're out of your lives.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika: The Saudis are our allies. The Iranians too. We cannot put their ministers' lives in danger.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': You put them in danger by refusing our conditions.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika: If things go wrong, your life and those ...
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Alternate Versions

At the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival, "Carlos" was screened theatrically, all three parts back-to-back with a single set of credits at the very end. The total running time was 326 minutes, not including the intermission. See more »

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Rich, heady, exciting, brilliantly acted political character study
21 June 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Fascinating 5 hour plus, 3 part film about Carlos the Jackal (although he never actually called himself that) the headline grabbing terrorist of the 70s and 80s.

With little exposition, we're dropped into a whirlwind of violence, self-aggrandizement, sexual seduction, and power games, moving at an almost dizzying speed. The film allows us to slowly figure out Carlos, instead of explain him in a simple facile way.

While never sympathetic, somehow the amazing Edgar Rameriez allows us to feel for this id and ego driven creature, powered far more by the need for attention and adulation (whether from women or the press) than by true belief. Indeed, one of the most interesting things about the film is how (intentionally) shallow and hollow Carlos's political monologues ring.

The last 1/3 is the slowest and hardest to sit through. Carlos's slow decline into ineffectiveness and unimportance is sometimes patience trying. But Rob Nelson, in his excellent Village Voice review makes a strong argument that this is a) unavoidable after the high paced rush of the first two parts and 2) part of the point of the film; without his fixes of women and power there wasn't much to Carlos, and without them both he and we want it to be over.

This is a film I'd like to see again. While I don't quite agree (yet) with the many critics who have hailed this as of the best films of last 10 years, I do think it's a challenging, brilliantly acted, wonderfully made film, that gives context both to modern terrorism and recent world history. Add to that, an exploration of the blurring fine line between power and uncontrolled narcissism that seems to dog leaders (especially male) of all political stripes from Hitler to Bill Clinton to George Bush to Carlos.

That's a lot to cover, even in 5 hours.


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