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Reds (1981)

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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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Whilst filming a crowd scene in Spain, Warren Beatty explained to the Spanish extras John Reed's philosophy of the rights of workers to assist them with their character motivations. Ironically, then during the lunch break, having educated them, a spokesperson representing the background artists, protested to Beatty saying that they felt they were being exploited! Re-negotiations had to be conducted for the rest of the lunch hour in order for filming to be able to re-commence with the worker extras achieving a $20 per day pay settlement. See more »

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The pet dog is a Golden Retriever but the first Golden (Champion Speedwell Pluto) wasn't imported into the US from England until 1930 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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The Crazy Otto Rag
Written by Edward R. White & Mack Wolfson (as Maxwell A. Wolfson) & Luigi Creatore & Hugo Peretti (as Hugo E. Peretti)
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Great piece of political discussion and drama
27 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Warren Beatty makes himself the only director to get Oscar nominations in Best Producer (picture), director, actor and writer twice (Heaven Can Wait is the other one), and he won his only Oscar (besides his honorary Thalberg award in 2000) for direction here. And it is well deserved. Mainly because this is the best film about communism and other political issues ever made.

Here, Beatty portrays journalist and idealist John Reed to maximum potential. He also comes of great with Diane Keaton as his love. Long, yet immensly entertaining and interesting, which was one of the few political films (besides maybe South Park) that got me thinking about communism. By the way, this film also won best conematography (Vittoro Storatto) and Best Supporting Actress (Maureen Stapleton as Emma Goldman), though I think it should've also won Oscars for Nicholson and Beatty. One of the better films (top 20) of the decade. A+


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