A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.
American journalist John Reed journeys to Russia to document the Bolshevik Revolution and returns a revolutionary. His fervor for left-wing politics leads him to Louise Bryant, then married, who will become a feminist icon and activist. Politics at home become more complicated as the rift grows between reality and Reed's ideals. Bryant takes up with a cynical playwright, and Reed returns to Russia, where his health declines. Written by
Novelist Jerzy Kosinski originally turned down the acting gig in this film, because he feared he would be kidnapped by the K.G.B. while shooting on-location in Finland. See more »
In the scene of the Booster's dinner in Portland is in 1915 and the announcer says that he's ready to make the world safe for democracy. In 1915 the United States was still neutral and the phrase "make the world safe for democracy," was actually part of Woodrow Wilson's war message to Congress which he gave on April 2, 1917, two years after the Portland event. See more »
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?
Do I remember Louise Bryant? Why, of course, I couldn't forget her if I tried.
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As the credits roll, additional interviews with the 'witnesses' play. See more »
A great companion piece to 1965's 'Doctor Zhivago'.
Warren Beatty's 'Reds' is a terrific film that is not only great story telling
in the conventional Hollywood way but also has an original style of narration
told in many ways from the point of view of witnesses to the real story who
during the days the film is centred around.
The film is especially significant to view since the iron curtain in Russia
has come down and 'Reds' is a movie that never looks dated and stresses the
fact that morals at the early part of the 20th century were about the same
as they are now. It's just that no one discussed it back then and it
emphasizes that times change but people don't.
With top notch performances from the entire cast, it is one of the few films
to be nominated for an Oscar in all four acting categories and was
victorious in the Best Supporting Actress category for Maureen Stapleton
although the film's best performance comes from Diane Keaton who should have
won her second Oscar.
To date, Beatty is the only film maker to be Oscar nominated for Best
Director, Actor, Screenwriter and Producer twice for the same film. The
other time was for 1978's 'Heaven Can Wait'.
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