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California Dreamin' (2007)
"California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  23 January 2009 (USA)
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A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Doug Jones - the American military officer in command
Sergeant David McLaren - the second in command, attracted to Monica
Doiaru - the station master
Monica - the station master's daughter, who dreams of a better life
Alexandru Margineanu ...
Andrei - a villager in love with Monica (as Alex Margineanu)
Ion Sapdaru ...
The Mayor
Alexandru Dragoi ...
Soldier Marian (as Andrei Vasluianu)
The trade union chief , Andrei's father
Constantin Dita ...
Paul - the mayor's son, a womanizer
Eduard Dumitru ...
Alexandru Georgescu ...
Corporal Tanase
Cristi Olesher ...
Young Doiaru


In 1999, during the Kosovo War,a train carrying NATO equipment, escorted by American Marines with Captain Doug Jones in command, is held back in Capalnita, a Romanian godforsaken village, by Doiaru, the station master, who blocks the train over a paperwork technicality. For five days the villagers try to take advantage of the Americans' unexpected presence. The mayor, for instance, organizes a celebration in their honor. On the other hand, sergeant David McLaren, Jones's second in command, falls in love with Monica, the crafty's station master's daughter, who dreams of a better world... And what about the Marines' initial mission? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA)  »

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California Dreamin'  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)

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Through the entire movie, Captain Jones wears the insignia of a Staff Sergeant on his collar and Sergeant McLaren wears the insignia of a Private First Class on his collar. See more »


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Music by Costi Ionita
Lyrics by Dorin Topala
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Kusturica reborn !
19 July 2007 | by (Hollywood, FL 33021 USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is definitely in my Top-5 of 2007, along with "The life of Others".

It's just amazing to see how creative artists from Romania and the Balkans can be. The humor and general spirit of this movie reminds me a lot of Emir Kusturica's talent.

Too sad the director died a year ago in a car crash, 28 year old only.

Obviously, the best flicks don't come from Hollywood lately. Wanna know why ? It's because foreign movies are not ruled by profit-only oriented producers.

It's about "Art" first. Remember ?... Cinema is an art form, not just your regular supermarket product! That's why capitalism is (most often) incompatible with good movies.

With this movie, you'll get another proof confirming this theory.

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