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Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (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:
 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 Jurdi ...
 Kamal al-Issawi 'Ali' 2 episodes, 2010
 Magdalena Kopp 2 episodes, 2010
Rodney El Haddad ...
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 ...
Zeid Hamdan ...
 'Youssef' 2 episodes, 2010
Fadi Yanni Turk ...
 Colonel Haïtham Saïd 2 episodes, 2010
 Brigitte Kuhlmann 2 episodes, 2010
Badih Abou Chakra ...
Basim Kahar ...
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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The man who hijacked the world.


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Release Date:

11 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carlos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,006, 17 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$145,118, 16 January 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before and after shooting, the real Carlos repeatedly warned Olivier Assayas not to make the film. See more »


At the meeting with KGB chief Yuri Andropov in Baghdad in December 1977, Carlos is assisted by an interpreter. However, Carlos spoke Russian. He had studied Russian since he was a teenager, and he later attended university in Moscow. See more »


Amie de Carlos: You skipped the demonstration against Pinochet's coup.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': They bore me shitless and serve no purpose. Demonstrations never change a thing.
Amie de Carlos: Chileans need to know we're behind them.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': The Chilean generals and the CIA don't care. Where did picketing the coup in Uruguay get us? They're still killing the Tupamaros. It's war. It can't be won by picketing.
Amie de Carlos: How then?
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': There are other methods. Words get us nowhere. It's time for action.
Amie de Carlos: What kind of action?
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': We have to commit.
Amie de Carlos: Commit to what?
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': To the revolution...
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The full 3-part series is now on a major USA cable TV network!
10 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

A reviewer (understandably) posted a comment that indicated the US censorship forces would not allow this series to be shown on mass market outlets such as major cable TV networks. I include an excerpt from this person's review below: "USA FCC censorship will never allow this movie to be shown in public TV as it was in Europe (there is nudity and swearing all over). It is really a pity because young people should see this to understand the difference between fight and manipulation." I am happy to report that the major cable TV network, Time Warner cable TV, is showing this series now on its "on-demand" channels, which is very convenient for viewing. I saw evidence that the series was not substantially edited in that frontal male nudity was shown (a US taboo) and also the length of the 3-part series seems consistent with the most nearly complete versions of this series. This is of course not proof that nothing was edited, but it is encouraging. I hope this information is helpful to others!

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