Reds (1981)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  25 December 1981 (USA)
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A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.


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Won 3 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerzy Kosinski ...
Grigory Zinoviev
Louis Fraina
Paul Trullinger
Speaker - Liberal Club
Mr. Partlow
Mrs. Partlow
MacIntyre Dixon ...
Carl Walters
Pat Starr ...
Helen Walters
Eleanor D. Wilson ...
Mrs. Reed
Floyd Dell


This movie tells the true story of John Reed, a radical American journalist around the time of World War I. He soon meets Louise Bryant, a respectable married woman, who dumps her husband for Reed and becomes an important feminist and radical in her own right. After involvement with labor and political disputes in the US, they go to Russia in time for the October Revolution in 1917, when the Communists siezed power. Inspired, they return to the US, hoping to lead a similar revolution. A particularly fascinating aspect of the movie is the inclusion of interviews with "witnesses", the real-life surviving participants in the events of the movie. Written by Reid Gagle

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Not since Gone With The Wind has there been a great romantic epic like it!


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Release Date:

25 December 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Comrades  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 3,179,562 (Sweden)

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With this film, Warren Beatty became the third person to be nominated for Academy Awards in the three categories of Best Actor, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in a film which was also nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Earlier personnel to do this had been Woody Allen for Annie Hall (1977) and Orson Welles for Citizen Kane (1941). See more »


The dog is put outside shortly before Reed and Bryant go upstairs. Pooch is not let back in. A moment later, when the two characters are upstairs, the dog is waiting at their bedroom window. See more »


[first lines]
Witness 1: [voiceover] Was that in 1913 or 17? I can't remember now. Uh, I'm, uh, beginning to forget all the people that I used to know, see?
Witness 2: [voiceover] Do I remember Louise Bryant? Why, of course, I couldn't forget her if I tried.
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A Monumental Achievement in Epic Film-Making
29 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Reds" is a 200-minute epic masterpiece which deals with left-wing American journalist John Reed (Warren Beatty in an Oscar-nominated performance) and his coverage of the Russian Revolution of the 1910s. Beatty's passion is what carries this ambitious film, which could have easily been a multi-million dollar disaster. His Oscar-winning direction, screenplay, and overall performance carry the film as far as it can possibly go. The top-flight performances by Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson (both Oscar-nominated), and Maureen Stapleton (Oscar-winning) all add great depth to the performance. Paul Sorvino, Edward Herrmann, and Gene Hackman also make lasting impressions in supporting roles. Overall a great achievement all the way around. 5 stars out of 5.

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