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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$1,600,000 (estimated)

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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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