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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2.35 : 1
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When Captain Jones is talking to Doiaru in his office, the clock behind Doiaru goes from 4:15 to 4:12 and back to 4:15 in the matter of a few seconds. See more »


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Just a beautiful peace of cinema
2 January 2008 | by (Galati, Romania) – See all my reviews

I never wrote any review so far, but after reading the other comments I felt compelled to do it. First of all, you must understand this was a work in progress, the movie remained unfinished. To all the users that made negative comments I say to try not to feel directly involved and to give the movie a objective note. Yes, there are some stereotypes involved and people from the Western countries must realize this is not who we are, neither we, as Romanians, nor other Balkan nations. There were a lot of movies that had similar plots, like "La vita e bella" by Roberto Benigni. This is a movie about war and it must be judged this way. Try to get past the black screens, like some user complained about, not giving the movie a fair interpretation. Things like that MIGHT happen in the future, maybe this movie should be watched by our politicians, as I consider it as a satire. What stroked me the most was the the evolution of Assante's character, beautifully portrayed. Above all, I recommend this movie for those who are fed up with Hollywood's blockbusters and the "they lived happily ever after" movies. The world needs from time to time a pure dose of reality.

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