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

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 17 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Edgar Ramírez ...  Ilich Ramírez Sánchez 'Carlos' 3 episodes, 2010
Alexander Scheer ...  Johannes Weinrich 3 episodes, 2010
Fadi Abi Samra Fadi Abi Samra ...  Michel Moukharbel 3 episodes, 2010
Lamia Ahmed Lamia Ahmed ...  Épouse religieux syrien 3 episodes, 2010
Karam Ghossein Karam Ghossein ...  Feday chez Wadie Haddad 3 episodes, 2010
Liane Sellerer Liane Sellerer ...  Épouse Steff 3 episodes, 2010
Philippe Tran Philippe Tran ...  Feday Orly 3 episodes, 2010
Ahmad Kaabour Ahmad Kaabour ...  Wadie Haddad 2 episodes, 2010
Talal Jurdi Talal Jurdi ...  Kamal al-Issawi 'Ali' 2 episodes, 2010
Juana Acosta ...  Amie de Carlos 2 episodes, 2010
Nora von Waldstätten ...  Magdalena Kopp 2 episodes, 2010
Christoph Bach ...  Hans-Joachim Klein 'Angie' 2 episodes, 2010
Rodney El Haddad Rodney El Haddad ...  Anis Naccache 'Khalid' 2 episodes, 2010
Julia Hummer Julia Hummer ...  Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann 'Nada' 2 episodes, 2010
Antoine Balabane Antoine Balabane ...  Général al-Khouly 2 episodes, 2010
Rami Farah Rami Farah ...  'Joseph' 2 episodes, 2010
Aljoscha Stadelmann ...  Wilfred Böse 'Boni' / ... 2 episodes, 2010
Zeid Hamdan Zeid Hamdan ...  'Youssef' 2 episodes, 2010
Fadi Yanni Turk Fadi Yanni Turk ...  Colonel Haïtham Saïd 2 episodes, 2010
Katharina Schüttler ...  Brigitte Kuhlmann 2 episodes, 2010
Badi Abu-Shaqra Badi Abu-Shaqra ...  Cheikh Yamani 2 episodes, 2010
Basim Kahar Basim Kahar ...  Riyadh el-Azzawi 2 episodes, 2010
Cem Sultan Ungan Cem Sultan Ungan ...  Agent irakien 2 episodes, 2010
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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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In the 1970s and 1980s, only one man could hijack the world. See more »


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Ineligible for the Academy Awards as it was originally made for French television. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': Andre disappeared.
Amie de Carlos: Is he in Lebanon?
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': He panicked.
Amie de Carlos: Maybe he's hiding.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': Exactly. What crap. He's getting worse and worse.
Amie de Carlos: Don't overdo it.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': I'm not. He puts us at risk. Look what happened at Orly! He's irresponsible!
Amie de Carlos: You never complained before.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': I was dumb! But I warned them about him. This asshole's dangerous. I've said it for a while.
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Alternate Versions

At the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival, "Carlos" was screened theatrically, all three parts back-to-back with a single set of credits at the very end. The total running time was 326 minutes, not including the intermission. See more »

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References Che: Part Two (2008) See more »

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A Story of A Notorious Terrorist Brilliantly Told
19 April 2011 | by jcanettisSee all my reviews

When you want to make a movie of a notorious terrorist responsible for many innocent lives, it is a very difficult task: If you portray him in a romantic way you will be accused of glorifying an evil man, while if you portray him in a dark light you will be accused of blind fanaticism.

Director Olivier Assayas has managed to strike a fine balance between these two extremes, and thus he recounts the story of Carlos in an objective and cool-headed way which fascinates the viewer from the beginning to the very end. The story begins with Carlos entering the world of terrorism as a young idealist, and ends with his capture at a time when he has become a corrupt and hedonist man. Throughout this time frame, Assayas shows us the story of a man, who despite his horrendous crimes, his life is really intriguing to watch.

Edgar Ramirez is excellent in the central role, but the important thing in this film is that actually EVERYONE in the film is excellent in his/her role: The acting is superb all around, and at some point it begins to feel as if you are watching a documentary with real terrorists on the screen instead of actors. The direction is also superb, with the the pace being constantly fast and coherent.

A great film to watch. 10/10.


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Country:

France | Germany

Release Date:

11 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carlos See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,006, 17 October 2010

Gross USA:

$145,526

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,059,369
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2.35 : 1
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