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Arthouse favorite Olivier Assayas followed up his critical darling Olivier Assayas (2008) with this wildly different chronicle -- a biopic of the ultra-left-wing Venezuelan terrorist-cum-mercenary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, popularly known as "Carlos the Jackal." As co-written by Assayas and scenarist Dan Franck, the account spans the years 1973-1994 -- or the period that witnessed Sanchez at his most violent and relentless. Narrative touchstones include the 1974 bomb attack at the Publicis Drugstore on Paris' Left Bank and the 1975 abduction of 11 OPEC officials from Vienna, as well as a torrent of assassinations that Carlos and his cronies planned but didn't carry out. As produced by Daniel Leconte, this telling of Sanchez's life stars Edgar Ramirez as the terrorist, as well as Alexander Scheer, Aljoscha Stadelmann, and Julia Hummer; it was predominantly shot in Germany, France, and Lebanon. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:October 15, 2010


Awarded by
National Society of Film Critics Olivier Assayas Best Director (Runner-up) 2010 Winner
L.A. Film Critics Association Olivier Assayas Best Director 2010 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Edgar Ramirez Best Actor - Runner-up 2010 Winner
L.A. Film Critics Association Edgar Ramirez Best Actor - Runner-up 2010 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Edgar Ramirez Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries 2010 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Edgar Ramirez Best Actor 2010 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Edgar Ramirez Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 2010 Nominee
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Edgar Ramirez Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2011 Nominee


Edgar Ramirez
as Ilich Ramírez Sanchez/"Carlos"
Alexander Scheer
as Johannes Weinrich
Christoph Bach
as Hans-Joachim Klein/"Angie"
Rodney El Haddad
as Anis Naccache/"Khalid"
Julia Hummer
as Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann/"Nada"
Jule Bowe
as German Militant
Juana Acosta
as Carlos's Girlfriend
Martha Higareda
as Amparo
Jean-Baptiste Malartre
as Ambassador in The Hague
Olivier Cruveiller
as Captain Jean Herranz
André Marcon
as General Philippe Rondot
Nicolas Briancon
as Maitre Jacques Verges
Jean-Baptiste Montagut
as "Erik"
Alejandro Arroyo
as Valentin Hernandez Acosta
Mohamed Ourdache
as Dr. Belaïd Abdessalam
Abbes Zahmani
as Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Udo Samel
as Chancellor Bruno Kreisky
Georges Kern
as Otto Röesch
Pierre-Francois Dumeniaud
as Inspector Dous
Farid Elouardi
as Orly Fedayeen 2
Ryosuke Sato
as head of Commando Unit
Kida Ramadan
as Iraqi Attaché
Les Clack
as Joseph Edward Sieff
Peter Benedict
as Policeman 1
Ronnie Paul
as Policeman 2
Antoine Balaban
as General Al-Khouly
Anton Kouznetsov
as Iuri Andropov
Karl Fischer
as Colonel Harry Dahl
Robert Gallinowski
as Major Helmut Voigt
Carlos Chahine
as Assem Al-Joundi
Guillaume Saurrel
as Bruno Bréguet
Olivia Ross
as Bruno Bréguet's Friend
Samuel Achache
as Guy Cavallo
Laetitia Spigarelli
as Marie-Caroline Cavallo
Alexander Beyer
as Lieutenant Borostowski
Jef Bayonne
as French Policeman
Eriq Ebouaney
as Hassan Al-Tourabi
Keith Thomson
as CIA Agent
Patrick Rameau
as CIA Agent
Gigi Ledron
as Carlos's Sudanese Mistress


Olivier Assayas
Daniel Leconte
Olivier Assayas
Dan Franck
Yorick Le Saux
Denis Lenoir
Luc Barnier
Marion Monnier
Françoise-Renaud Labarthe
Production Designer
Jens Meurer
Judy Tossell
Raphael Cohen
Executive Producer
Françoise-Renaud Labarthe
Set Designer
Jorgen Doering
Costume Designer
Nicolas Cantin
Sound/Sound Designer
Nicolas Moreau
Sound/Sound Designer
Anja Dihrberg
Sylvie Barthet
Production Manager
Daniel Sobrino
Sound Mixer
Olivier Goinard
Sound Mixer
Antoinette Boulat
Olivier Goinard
Sound Editor
Nicolas Cantin
Sound Editor
Daniel Leconte
From Idea By
Nicolas Moreau
Sound Editor
Clementine Schaeffer
Script Supervisor