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Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015)

In the oppressive 1980s communist Romania, the smuggled VHS tapes of banned Hollywood films become an inspirational ray of hope. 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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 Contra o Comunismo See more »

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Romania See more »

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$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 »

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Features Brazil (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Fara Sa Vrei
written & performed by Margareta Pîslaru
recorded live at Mamaia Festival, 1975
with Orchestra Radioteleviziunii
conducted by Sile Dinicu
from Margareta Pîslaru's personal archive
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Another brick in the wall
9 August 2017 | by ersbelSee all my reviews

This is another mystification about the communist regime. Some of the information is true. Most is just a mess. The talking heads are not experts like in a Western Documentary. They are more like friends of the production team telling what they remember with a lot of romance. Also, most of the action in the reenactment, if not all, is in Bucharest. But the production team comes probably from some rural area and it completely oblivious of the Bucharest reality or particularities of speech. Also, beware, the backgrounds of the reenactment is consistent with the reality of 20 years later. Which is not true for the talking heads who mention movies from the 1990s and place them around 1985.

It might have been nice, but the provincial ignorance glosses over the more important aspects.

Contact me with Questions, Comments or Suggestions ryitfork @ bitmail.ch


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