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30 April 1980 (Colombia) See more »
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Cast

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Andrés García ... Carlos
Alicia Encinas ... Wife of carlos
René Cardona III ... Blue shirt terrorist (as Al Coster)
Pablo Ferrel ... Jean Paul
Ángel Dupeyrón
Gloria Chávez
Fernando Palavicini
Martha de Castro
César Sobrevals ... Airport Policeman
José Nájera ... CIA agent
Eduardo Lara
Sadi Dupeyrón
José Manuel Fregoso (as Manuel Fregoso)
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René Cardona Jr. 
 

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"Carlos the Terrorist" - USA (DVD title)
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Aside from the bridging narration and some voice-overs while characters are reading things, the movie has no dialog.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Bring me the head of Andres Garcia, 24 July 2007
Author: Michael A. Martinez (aylmer666@juno.com) from Los Angeles, CA

Decent spy thriller / chase movie from Rene Cardona Jr. Lots of foot chases, car chases, a minor shootout or two, and a couple bomb blasts and there you have it. Garcia does a good job playing the beefy hero who happens to be a former assassin for the PLO. Wanting to quit the life of violence after a massacre in Cairo, he flees with his wife and child to Mexico. However, his former employers want to kill him, so he has to get some info to the CIA (and kill a few enemies) in order to bring him and his family to safety.

As far as Cardona Jr. movies go, this one seems to have an even lower budget than usual. Primitively shot on poor-grade film stock, routinely edited, and at a rather casual pace, there's not much for those besides hard-core fans of Mexican / Euro schlock from the 70's and 80's. However, there is some novelty in how little dialog the film has - as in None. The usual wooden Garcia has to bring Carlos to life purely with movement and facial expressions, which works surprisingly well in a few scenes (such as when he's wounded and hiding in some random guy's apartment - and has to dig a bullet out of his leg without anyone realizing he's there).

The ending is rather strange, but at the same time reflects a lack of creativity on the part of the filmmakers. Cardona Jr.'s son has a small role as an assassin and there's a woman who looks like Faye Dunnaway and a guy who looks like Ernest Borgnine as CIA agents following Garcia, but not much star-power beyond that. Not even a cameo by Hugo Stiglitz. This must have been a quickly-made cheapy Cardona Jr. turned out "just for fun" between two bigger films.

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