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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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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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4 December 1981 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 3,179,562 (Sweden)
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Warren Beatty spent ten days in the USSR during development only to find out that he would be declined filming in Leningrad. Finland ended up doubling for Russia in the movie with Beatty benefiting from spending this time in the Soviet heartland when coming to later on shoot the picture. See more »

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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 »

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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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As the credits roll, additional interviews with the 'witnesses' play. See more »

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I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard
Words by Philip Wingate
Music by Henry W. Petrie (as H.W. Petrie)
Performed by Diane Keaton
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A great companion piece to 1965's 'Doctor Zhivago'.
4 March 1999 | by (Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA) – See all my reviews

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 lived 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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