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American Roulette (1988)

Carlos Quintas, the democratically-elected president of an unnamed South American country, has been deposed by a military coup. He is in London, the head of a government in exile, rallying ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Quintas
Kitty Aldridge ...
Kate Webber
Guy Bertrand ...
Ricardo Sibelo ...
Lino Omoboni ...
Ben Onwukwe ...
Hi-jacked Van Driver
Sheila Burrell ...
Raul's Neghbour
Alfredo Michelsen ...
Carola Palacios ...
Adolpho Cozzi ...
Gloria Romo ...
Raul's Widow
Yves Aubert ...
Reporter at ICA
Juanita Waterman ...


Carlos Quintas, the democratically-elected president of an unnamed South American country, has been deposed by a military coup. He is in London, the head of a government in exile, rallying international support. He is also a poet of talent and reputation, in love with Kate, his assistant, who has a secret of her own and keeps Carlos at a distance. The generals have a team of professionals in London bent on kidnap and assassination. Hovering around Carlos are two Russians, who may be KGB, an American book publisher, who may be CIA, an elusive Brit, probably from her majesty's secret service, and his own few supporters. Is Carlos doomed? Whom can he trust? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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19 May 1988 (West Germany)  »

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Amerikai rulett  »

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strange plot but strangely attractive
14 January 2013 | by (Bucharest, Romania) – See all my reviews

I would have thought I was too sleepy when I watched this on TV, if it wasn't for another review mentioning the absurd of the plot. It's really hard to follow with so many special services and interests involved, you have to ask yourself who was everyone. Yet why did we watch it until the end? I feel there's some kind of magic dreaming around it, or was I dreaming? Maybe because this exiled president was reciting poetry. Imagine Andy Garcia running madly, I had no idea why, like in North by Northwest, and then the Casablanca scene although this time it was a helicopter. And the actress, did you notice she insisted in showing her back to the camera? In the end she gets recognition, somebody says something about that. Just kidding. Now, there didn't seem to be much chemistry between them, or was it my impression? Well, definitely watch this if you like Andy Garcia. If not, you may wonder what this all is about. Oh, one thing they show clearly is how western powers are always willing to put their hands on the poor countries' resources. They say: dictators are the best managers. Politics, special services, romance, business and art, too bad they didn't put these all together in a better way.

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