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Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015)

A hybrid feature about the magic of film and the power it has to change lives.

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Ilinca Calugareanu
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Irina Margareta Nistor ... Herself (as Irina Nistor)
Ana Maria Moldovan ... Irina Margareta Nistor
Dan Chiorean Dan Chiorean ... Teodor Zamfir
Valentin Oncu Valentin Oncu ... Mircea
Cristian Stanca Cristian Stanca ... Orzan
Petre Bacioiu Petre Bacioiu ... Petrulea
Elena Ivanca Elena Ivanca ... Mrs. Cristea
Florin Mircea Florin Mircea ... Mihaies
Ileana Negru Ileana Negru ... Mrs. Urse
Catalin Herlo Catalin Herlo ... Sterie
Miron Maxim Miron Maxim ... Border Officer Petre
Tudor Mesesan Tudor Mesesan ... Bogdan
Paul Socol Paul Socol ... Barbu
Vlad Corb Vlad Corb ... Cristi
Vlad Calugareanu Vlad Calugareanu ... Paul
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Storyline

In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films smashed through the Iron Curtain opening a window into the free world for those who dared to look. A black market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the masses and sowed the seeds of a revolution.

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The VHS revolution that brought down a Communist government!


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UK | Romania | USA

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

12 November 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuck Norris a kommunizmus ellen See more »

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Romania See more »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Hanks recommended on his official Facebook page to watch Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015). He wrote: "See this documentary! The power of film! To change the world." [1st June 2016] See more »

Connections

Features Beverly Hills Cop (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Pasiunea
written & performed by Margareta Pîslaru
from Bucuria de a Canta, 2008
Fundatia Radio Romania, Editura Casa Radio
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Fascinating but how much or how little its impact actually was, I have no idea....
16 April 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I read a review here on IMDb by a Romanian and am am sure this person would be a much better judge of the central theme of this documentary. They felt that "Chuck Norris Vs. Communism" overstated its position that the illegal import of American 1980s videotapes into Romania served to introduce Western ideas into this communist dictatorship and this led to the fall of the government in 1989. While I agree this reviewer that this was overstated a bit, it surely had some impact on changing attitudes. However, the context of the time also must have had a lot to do with it as well...something never even mentioned in the film. In other words, communist bloc nations were throwing out their governments by refusing to work or do anything until their leaders resigned...and Romania was just part of that wave. So, I agree with tributarystu...but it's still well worth seeing.

The film uses interviews and recreations to explain how Romanians smuggled in American films. Additionally, mostly one interpreter dubbed the movies (doing ALL the voices) and there was a cottage industry that was illegal but overlooked by various government officials. After all, they liked watching the films and there was some sort of payoff going on as well. It's all interesting and worth seeing...if a tad overstated.


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