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Charlie Countryman (2013) More at IMDbPro »The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (original title)

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Charlie Countryman -- When his late mother appears in a vision and tells him to go to Bucharest, Charlie immediately boards a plane across the Atlantic. But when he meets a fellow passenger, Charlie finds himself with another promise to fulfill. Charlie does so – and falls head over heels in love with Gabi, a beautiful musician. However, a vicious gangster has already laid claim to Gabi, and has no intention of letting her go. Determined to protect her, Charlie enters into the hallucinatory, Romanian underworld filled with violence and, strangely enough, love.
Charlie Countryman -- Clip: Charlie Meets Gabi


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Writer (WGA):
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Release Date:
13 September 2013 (Norway) See more »
The only way to save the one you love, is to die
While traveling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shia LaBeouf ... Charlie Countryman

Evan Rachel Wood ... Gabi Ibanescu

Mads Mikkelsen ... Nigel

Til Schweiger ... Darko

Rupert Grint ... Karl

James Buckley ... Luc
Ion Caramitru ... Victor Ibanescu

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Bill

Melissa Leo ... Kate

Andrei Finti ... Bela

Aubrey Plaza ... Ashley

Lachlan Nieboer ... Ted

Vanessa Kirby ... Felicity

Gabriel Spahiu ... Taxi Driver
Bogdan Farkas ... Hostel Clerk (as Bodgan Farcas)
Florin Piersic Jr. ... Radu
Adrian Nicolae ... Counter Guy

Claudiu Trandafir ... Older Cop
Emilian Marnea ... Petru
Corneliu Ulici ... Paul

Michael J. Reynolds ... Doctor
Cosmin Padureanu ... Bosko
Adrian Pavlovschi ... Pedrag
Musat Dragos ... Cop #1
Serbanescu Florin ... Cop #2
Andreescu George ... Helpful Passenger
Ioan Ionescu ... Airport Official #1
Gelu Nitu ... Airport Official #2
Lia Sinchevici ... Waitress
Dorin Zaharia ... Bouncer
Florica Carstea ... Hospital Visitor
Patricia Poslusnic ... Young Gabi
Calina Epuran ... Teenage Gabi
David Petcu ... Darko's Kid
Lucian Iftime ... Kebab Man
Gigel Frone ... Cell Singer
Emanoil Florentina ... Gypsy Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Hurt ... Narrator (voice)
Ian Fisher ... (uncredited)

Montserrat Lombard ... Madison (uncredited)

Filip Watermann ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Fredrik Bond 
Writing credits
Matt Drake (written by)

Produced by
Mark Bakunas .... associate producer
Albert Berger .... producer
Nicolas Chartier .... executive producer
Craig J. Flores .... producer
William Horberg .... producer
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Jenn Lee .... associate producer
Carlo Martinelli .... co-producer
Patrick Newall .... executive producer
Dean Parisot .... executive producer
Patricia Poienaru .... line producer
Corrie Rothbart .... executive producer
Dominic Rustam .... associate producer
Christina Varotsis .... production supervisor: Chicago
Ron Yerxa .... producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
Roman Vasyanov 
Film Editing by
Hughes Winborne 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Production Design by
Joel Collins 
Art Direction by
Adrian Curelea 
Set Decoration by
Robyn Paiba (additional set decorator)
Adrian Popa 
Costume Design by
Jennifer Johnson 
Makeup Department
Letitia Ghenea .... hair stylist
Gabriela Gociu .... assistant makeup artist
Marga Stefan .... key hair stylist
Andrea Dardea Tesdall .... key makeup artist (as Andreea Dardea)
Andrea Dardea Tesdall .... makeup designer (as Andreea Dardea)
Nicoleta Toader .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Teo Bostanica .... unit manager
Mihai Busuioc .... production supervisor
Larry Ferguson Jr. .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anca Butoi .... second second assistant director
Oana Ene .... second assistant director
Ciprian Nistorescu .... third assistant director
Hugo Stenson .... second unit director
Mark Taylor .... first assistant director
Jason Tesdall .... third assistant director
Art Department
Dana Anusca .... painter
Adrian Axinte .... on set painter
Andreea Badea .... painter
Ghinea Diana .... assistant art director
Alberto-Cristian Duse .... painter
Butiseaca Florin .... painter
Florin Gavrila .... set dressing painter
Bianca Micu .... painter
Alina Petrini .... art department coordinator
Andrei-Florian Popa .... painter
Serban Rotariu .... on-set art director
Ovidiu Stanciu .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Ruth Adelman .... adr supervisor
Andrei Chirosca .... adr recordist: Romania
Ross Davis .... sound re-recording mixer
Alexandra Fehrman .... sound editor
Alexandra Fehrman .... sound supervisor
Marin Constantin Gabriel .... cable person
Shane Hayes .... adr recordist
Chad J. Hughes .... sound designer
Chad J. Hughes .... supervising sound effects editor
Leobardo Ledon .... foley mixer
Aaron Levy .... sound designer
Aaron Levy .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Levy .... sound supervisor
Cozma Marius-serban .... boom operator
Steve Papagiannis .... sound effects editor
Dennis Petersen .... sound re-recordist: layback
G.W. Pope III .... foley artist
Andy Stallabrass .... adr mixer
Dragos Stanomir .... sound mixer (as Stanomir Dragos)
Tami Treadwell .... adr mixer
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Adrian Popescu .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Mats Holmgren .... digital colourist
Jonas Jangvad .... digital conform
Axel Klostermann .... visual effects
Oskar Larsson .... visual effects supervisor
Petter Lindholm .... visual effects
Fredrik Nord .... visual effects supervisor
Ruslan Ogorodnik .... visual effects
Olle Petersson .... visual effects artist
Eric Ström .... digital effects artist
Ivan Tiunov .... visual effects
Martin Öhgren .... visual effects
Florin Barcun .... stunt rigger
Florian Ciprian .... stunt double: Shia LaBeouf
Ciprian Dumitrascu .... stunt coordinator
Doru Dumitrescu .... stunt rigger
Marius Florian .... stunt rigging coordinator
Constantin Nicolae .... stunts
Cosmin Padureanu .... stunt performer
Adrian Pavlovschi .... stunt performer
Doru Raceala .... stunt driver: camera car
Florin Stancu .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ciobanu Alin .... electrician
Lupsa Armand .... rigging gaffer
Dragos Badea .... video assistant
Radu Bondoc .... camera operator: "b" camera
Radu Bondoc .... second assistant camera
Catalin Ciobanu .... electrician
Sandu Constantin .... best boy
Razvan Cretan .... grip
Cristian Dragos .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Dalila Dulgheriu .... epk camera operator
Alexandru Enache .... digital imaging technician
Titi Gavrila .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Florin Ion .... best boy grip
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera: Chicago unit
Ron Leahy .... gaffer: Chicago Unit
Petr Machacek .... underwater assistant camera
Radu Marinescu .... key grip
Bradley T. Matthys .... key grip: Chicago Unit
Florin Niculae .... gaffer (as Florin Nicolae)
Ivan Giany Roberto .... first assistant camera
Bogdan Alexandru Sicorschi .... rigging grip
Octavian Sotir .... second assistant
Hugo Stenson .... still photographer
Scott Stevens .... second assistant camera: Chicago Unit
Nicolae Vasile .... electrician
Belu Veronica .... video assistant
Casting Department
Domnica Circiumaru .... casting director: Romania
Laura Grosu .... extras casting
Liliana Toma .... extras casting
Martin Ware .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erika Benedek .... breakdown artist
Carmen Cristea .... wardrobe assistant
Daniela Nicolae .... wardrobe assistant
Doina Raducut .... wardrobe assistant
Claudia Sarbu .... costume supervisor: assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
John Breinholt .... co-editor
Anneli Oscarsson .... digital intermediate producer
Chris Pownall .... editor: behind the scenes
Chris Villa .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Leo Birenberg .... score coordinator
Matt Fausak .... music editor
Brian Jackson Harris .... epk: music supervisor
Brian Jackson Harris .... soundtrack producer
Ayana Haviv .... singer: soloist
Gabe Hilfer .... music supervisor
Jacob Nathan .... music coordinator
Joe Paganelli .... additional music clearances
Jasper Randall .... vocal contractor
Zach Robinson .... score coordinator
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Michael Wickstrom .... music clearance executive
Michael Wickstrom .... soundtrack producer
Chris Newlin .... temp music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Razvan Ciuraru .... transportation captain
Vali Georgescu .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Oana Babes .... production coordinator
Andra Barbuica .... script supervisor
Christian de Gallegos .... international distribution
Iacob Diana Illona .... stand-in
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Sorina Dumitru .... location manager
Ruxandra Ghitescu .... additional script supervisor
Edmond Guidry .... assistant: Mr. Flores
Brian Jackson Harris .... epk: music supervisor
Kevin Hoiseth .... marketing
Razvan Lazarescu .... production accountant
Nathan Lucas .... post production accountant
Andrei Daniel Lupu .... stand-in
Delia Mihai .... accountant assistant
Kori Murray .... location coordinator: Chicago Unit
Miruna Nicolaescu .... travel coordinator
Katie Weiss Porter .... assistant to producer (as Katie Weiss)
Daniela Soare .... extras coordinator
Hugo Stenson .... assistant: Fredrik Bond
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator
Iulian Timofte .... key set production assistant
David E. Van Houten .... behind the scenes producer
Lucas Tanner .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" - Romania (original title)
"Kill Charlie Countryman" - Canada (English title) (DVD title)
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Rated R for some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity, and drug use.
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Freida Pinto was considered for the role of Gabi Ibanescu.See more »
Continuity: During Charlie's in flight conversation with the air stewardess following Victor's death, the passengers in the rows behind Charlie are awake in one shot, asleep in the next, and continue to alternate between the two until the scene ends.See more »
Gabi Ibanescu:Maybe you have some kind of fantasy about helping a woman in a faraway land.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Casino Royale (2006)See more »
IntroSee more »


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18 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
'Maybe you have some kind of fantasy about helping a woman n a faraway land.', 5 January 2014
Author: gradyharp from United States

Director Fredrik Bond and writer Matt Drake are new to the game of cinema and it shows – in ways both good and not so good. The original title of this little adventure in Bucharest was THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN: they should have stuck with that.

Charlie (Shi LaBeouf) is a scruffy sad e-eyed lad who at his mother's (Melissa Leo) deathbed with her current paramour Bill (Vincent D'Onofrio – in only a few minutes of inconsequential screen time): mother dies, but appears in a vision extracting a promise for Charlie to go to Bucharest to mend his grief. Charlie hops on a plane, sits next to an old Romanian Victor (Ion Caramitru) with whom he bonds before Victor dies in flight: another vision – Victor asks Charlie to deliver a silly hat to his daughter Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood) in Bucharest. Once Charlie is in Bucharest, having survived airport investigation, he gets conflicting data from a taxi driver (Gabriel Spahiu) and is delivered to a youth hostel where he shares a room with tow losers – Karl (Rupert Grint) and Luc (James Buckley) – who introduce him to Ecstasy. Charlie is already on the bad side of the crime world for wanting to deliver Victor's gift to Gabi and is at the mercy of Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen) and Darko (Til Schweiger) who are covering up some criminal problem. Charlie meets Gabi, a cellist with the Bucharest Opera who happens to be married to Nigel, and of course he falls in love beginning an endless chase sequence by the mob that involves Gabi, Nigel, Darko and assorted thugs. The ending is in the original title….maybe….

A great movie this is not, but its twisted plot, incorporation of visions from the dead, and brisk action captured in a very strange but exciting light by cinematographer Roman Vasyanov and a strange atmospheric musical score by Christophe Beck keep the movie intriguing. And it is tough to cast Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Melissa Leo, and yes, Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood and not expect to see some moments of excellent acting. As an evening's diversion, given the fact that it is the initial outing by both director and writer, it is worth watching.

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