Carlos (2010)

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The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting.

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Series cast summary:
 Ilich Ramírez Sánchez 'Carlos' (3 episodes, 2010)
 Johannes Weinrich (3 episodes, 2010)
Fadi Abi Samra ...
 Michel Moukharbel (3 episodes, 2010)
Lamia Ahmed ...
 Épouse religieux syrien (3 episodes, 2010)
Karam Ghossein ...
 Feday chez Wadie Haddad (3 episodes, 2010)
Liane Sellerer ...
 Épouse Steff (3 episodes, 2010)
Philippe Tran ...
 Feday Orly (3 episodes, 2010)
Ahmad Kaabour ...
 Wadie Haddad (2 episodes, 2010)
Talal El-Jordi ...
 Kamal al-Issawi 'Ali' (2 episodes, 2010)
 Amie de Carlos (2 episodes, 2010)
Nora von Waldstätten ...
 Magdalena Kopp (2 episodes, 2010)
 Hans-Joachim Klein 'Angie' (2 episodes, 2010)
Rodney El Haddad ...
 Anis Naccache 'Khalid' (2 episodes, 2010)
Julia Hummer ...
 Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann 'Nada' (2 episodes, 2010)
Antoine Balabane ...
 Général al-Khouly (2 episodes, 2010)
Rami Farah ...
 'Joseph' (2 episodes, 2010)
Aljoscha Stadelmann ...
 Wilfred Böse 'Boni' / ... (2 episodes, 2010)
Zeid Hamdan ...
 'Youssef' (2 episodes, 2010)
Fadi Yanni Turk ...
 Colonel Haïtham Saïd (2 episodes, 2010)
 Brigitte Kuhlmann (2 episodes, 2010)
Badih Abou Chakra ...
 Cheikh Yamani (2 episodes, 2010)
Basim Kahar ...
 Riyadh el-Azzawi (2 episodes, 2010)
Cem Sultan Ungan ...
 Agent irakien (2 episodes, 2010)


Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka 'Carlos,' is a Venezuelan-born Marxist revolutionary who aligns himself with the Palestinian cause and becomes the world's most notorious terrorist. He leads assaults on the meeting of OPEC ministers, taking them hostage and flying them from country to country seeking asylum, one of the most daring acts of terrorism in history. From his earliest days as an apprentice in the revolutionary movement to his subsequent downfall, Carlos becomes a figure of legend. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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The man who hijacked the world.


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$145,118 (USA) (14 January 2011)

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The final two hours were shot in sequence. See more »


When the terrorists take the tram in Vienna to get to the OPEC conference, the tram can be seen in three scenes, and every time it is a different tram line: The first tram's final destination is "Nussdorf", the second tram is line "D" and the third is a tram on "Extra Tour". See more »


Hans-Joachim Klein 'Angie': Carlos scares me. Life means nothing to him.
Wilfred Böse 'Boni': He's a soldier. A leader. You're under his command.
Hans-Joachim Klein 'Angie': I'm a political militant. I hate armies and soldiers. I fight for a cause.
Wilfred Böse 'Boni': So does he.
Hans-Joachim Klein 'Angie': I wish I were so sure.
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Carlos eludes capture for 20 years by allying with governments
29 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very well cast, produced, scripted, acted, and filmed story of the violent activities of Marxist Carlos Ramirez. Each of the three segments has its own center and interest. Part 1 shows his early exploits. Part 2 focuses on the OPEC raid and abductions. Part 3 handles his alliances and difficulties with the Russians, East Germans, Syrians and Sudanese.

It's really an amazing saga. Carlos had to be extremely clever to have carried on totally outside the law and skirting governments for 20 years.

The film has many points of interest. The female parts show many very tough women, for example. It shows the reasoning behind the targets chosen for assassinations and bombings. It shows the character of Carlos, warts and all. There is no glorification of him. The German terrorist that accompanied him fully carried his weight in the film. We also get glimpses of so many different locations, and we get different points of view of different governments.

Throughout all this, Carlos leads a relatively rich life and goes with many women. He lacks nothing in chuztpah in difficult situations. But of course he compromises and strays from his hallowed revolutionary idealism. He's shown as hypocritical, egotistical, cold-blooded, not particularly courageous and mercenary.

My only complaint about the film is that in the portions in which English is spoken, Carlos and one or two others, but especially Carlos, cannot be fully understood. He speaks rapidly and with a heavy accent. His French and German are enunciated far better and more easily understood! It's difficult to sustain a work like this for such a length, but this series succeeds in doing it. I watched the first two on one night and the third episode on a second night without loss of any continuity.

Political dramas are of special interest to me. This kept the violence down, did not go for cheap thrills, and maintained political sophistication.

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