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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
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


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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Did You Know?


In "Carlos", Edgar Ramírez plays the titular character, Carlos the Jackal. In the movie, The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Ramírez plays an assassin trying to kill the titular character, Jason Bourne. In the Jason Bourne book series, of which the movie series is based on, Jason Bourne's nemesis is none other than Carlos the Jackal. See more »


When Carlos and his militants enter the cockpit of the Austrian Airlines DC-9 after the OPEC siege in Vienna, the Captain of the airplane occupies the right hand seat. He also stays there during the flight. The Captain should sit in the left hand seat. See more »


Dr. Valentín Hernández: Excuse me. I'm not Muslim and I'm famished. Don't you think what the revolution needs is money and not corpses?
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': What are you saying?
Dr. Valentín Hernández: Your hostages are more valuable alive than dead.
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos': Know what, Dr. Hernandez? Let me be clear. I'm very well paid. I have nothing to gain by sparing these dogs. Understood? Enjoy your sandwich.
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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 »


References Che: Part Two (2008) See more »

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A tragic tale of misguided ideology!
23 February 2011 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'CARLOS': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

This French-German film was originally released as a 3 part mini-series on premium pay TV in France. It was then screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival as a 5 and a half hour long movie and later released theatrically (in both a 2 and a half hour version and in it's entirety). It was directed by Olivier Assayas and written by Assayas, Dan Franck and Daniel Leconte. It stars Edgar Ramirez as the title character, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (also known as 'Carlos the Jackal'), the infamous Venezuelan revolutionist and convicted terrorist (currently serving a life sentence in prison). The film (as well as Ramirez's performance) have received a great amount of awards and critical recognition including appearing on many critic's 2010 top ten lists.

The film follows Carlos's rise to fame as a feared terrorist as well as beloved revolutionist. He first participated in several poorly executed bombings and assassinations before becoming notorious for a 1975 raid, staged by him, on the OPEC headquarters in Vienna (where three people were executed). He then took part in several other terrorist attacks while becoming one of the most wanted fugitives in the world. It focuses on his abusive relationships with women and his family (in later years) leading up to his arrest in Sudan in 1994.

The film is interesting and entertaining while still remaining very informative and educational. The pacing is mostly well executed although several minor scenes could have been cut and it really starts to drag in the third act. The film would have been much more efficient and effective at a trimmer more normal running time (like at least three hours or less) but as far as TV mini-series goes (especially a biopic) it more than meets the standard. The directing is very cinematic in scope and Ramirez's performance is comparable in quality to many of the year's major films. The story itself is a little too depressing and disturbing as there are no real heroes to root for and it's more of a tragic tale of misguided ideology than anything else. Still the film does work at what it sets out to do.

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Release Date:

11 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Austria See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,006, 17 October 2010

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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