• Carlos (2010)


Release Date: October 15th, 2010

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

Young Venezuelan Marxist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (Edgar Ramirez) is recruited by the leader of a Palestinian terrorist organization (Ahmad Kaabour) to perform several jobs in Europe in the early 1970s, culminating in the audacious kidnapping of several OPEC oil ministers. From that small-scale beginning, he becomes an infamous international terrorist for hire, known in the media as Carlos the Jackal, who performs violent acts across the globe for a wide variety of nations and organizations.

Cast: Edgar Ramirez, Alexander Scheer, Nora von Waldstätten, Christoph Bach, Ahmad Kaabour, Fadi Abi Samra, Rodney El-Haddad, Julia Hummer

Director: Olivier Assayas

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Films en Stock, Canal+, Egoli Tossell Film, Arte France

Keywords: 1990s, 1970s, Quest, Police officer, Pursuit, Brash, Suspenseful, Creative, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    It is a tremendous achievement that shines a light on the way many countries use criminals to further their domestic and international goals. Politically informative, it also offers great drama with excitement and suspense, and no little tragedy. show more

  • 85
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    Most of the dialogue is invented, but the sweep of events is genuine. show more

  • 90
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    It's a tricky feat, channeling the glamour of a famous international terrorist without glamorizing him. But damned if French filmmaker Olivier Assayas doesn't pull it off with Carlos. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)