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The Passenger (1975)
"Professione: reporter" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  9 April 1975 (USA)
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A journalist researching a documentary in the Sahara Desert meets a gunrunner who dies suddenly. When the journalist notices that they have a similar appearance, he assumes the recently deceased's identity and accepts the consequences that it brings. Written by MuzikJunky

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I used to be somebody else...but I traded him in.


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Rated PG-13 for some violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$24,157 (USA) (28 October 2005)

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$619,744 (USA) (10 March 2006)
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After initially refusing the role, Maria Schneider did not sign until the film was several weeks into production. See more »

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The Girl: Isn't it funny how things happen? All the shapes we make. Wouldn't it be terrible to be blind?
David Locke: I know a man who was blind. When he was nearly 40 years old, he had an operation and regained his sight.
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David Locke: At first he was elated... really high. Faces... colors... landscapes. But then everything began to change. The world was much poorer than he imagined. No one had ever told him how much dirt there was. How much ugliness. He noticed ugliness everywhere. When he was blind... he used ...
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Famous concluding shot worth the wait.
7 August 2003 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Slow but well worth the time it takes to arrive at the shattering conclusion. Watch it more than once as there are many small visual cues and tips that add both to the plot and theme. Jack Nicholson is superb - and surprisingly low-key - as the jaded and detached reporter who switches identity with a dead man out of boredom more than anything else. Maria Schneider is fine in a somewhat underwritten role. The real stars however are Antonioni's restlessly roving camera and the sublime locations which include the Sahara desert, a cable-car, and that bewitching Gaudi rooftop in Barcelona.


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