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California Dreamin' (2007)

California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (original title)
A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

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Cast

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Captain Doug Jones - the American military officer in command
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Sergeant David McLaren - the second in command, attracted to Monica
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Doiaru - the station master
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Monica - the station master's daughter, who dreams of a better life
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Andrei - a villager in love with Monica (as Alex Margineanu)
Ion Sapdaru ...
The Mayor
Alexandru Dragoi ...
Rodriguez
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Soldier Marian (as Andrei Vasluianu)
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Despina
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The trade union chief , Andrei's father
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Stelica
Constantin Dita ...
Paul - the mayor's son, a womanizer
Eduard Dumitru ...
Mitroi
Alexandru Georgescu ...
Corporal Tanase
Cristi Olesher ...
Young Doiaru
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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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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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French visa # 119156. See more »

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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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Performed & Written by Ilie Iorga feat. Taraful Sile Zaharia
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It takes you out of the American movie style
20 June 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Hm... lets see:

This movie is kinda different , it takes you out of the American movie style(lots of shots ,as much action as possible but..for what?). Simple low budget movie that shows that you could make a good movie if you have good ideas! Somebody once produced a brilliant movie shot in one room, .. just one room! ..yes i'm talking about "12 Angry Men" , so "California Dreamin'" based on (i consider) a good plot with low amount of money it deserve to be watched.

Fugitive brief: *Action is placed in Romania, in a small village,year 1999. *Americans were passing through Romania to deliver NATO equipment *In a small village they were stopped by the Railway chief because they were not having any travel papers.(Alltough the railway chief was having orders to let them pass) *They remain in that village for a couple of days until the papers problem was solved (Railway chief explaining the Americans that they ain't better than the rest and need to follow Romanian law)

PS: excuse my English!


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