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The Assassination of Trotsky (1972)

After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with politics, promoting socialism to the world. Stalin has sent out an ... See full summary »

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Joseph Losey

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Nicholas Mosley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Leon Trotsky
Alain Delon ... Frank Jackson
Romy Schneider ... Gita Samuels
Valentina Cortese ... Natalia Sedowa Trotsky
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Salazar
Luigi Vannucchi Luigi Vannucchi ... Ruiz
Jean Desailly ... Alfred Rosmer
Simone Valère ... Marguerite Rosmer (as Simone Valere)
Duilio Del Prete ... Felipe
Peter Chatel ... Otto
Jack Betts ... Lou (as Hunt Powers)
Michael Forest ... Jim (as Mike Forrest)
Carlos Miranda Carlos Miranda ... Sheldon Harte
Joshua Sinclair ... Sam (as Gianni Loffredo)
Pierangelo Civera Pierangelo Civera ... Pedro
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Storyline

After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with politics, promoting socialism to the world. Stalin has sent out an assassin, Frank Jackson. Jackson befriends a young communist and gets an invitation to Trotsky's house. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A Web of Intrique A Conspiracy of Terror An Act of Madness See more »


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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El asesinato de Trotsky See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »

Goofs

A character passes a wall with a graffiti-image of Woody Woodpecker. The first appearance of Woody Woodpecker was in the cartoon "Knock Knock" which was released 25th of November 1940, two months after Trotski was assassinated. See more »

Quotes

Gita Samuels: You're in a fine state! God, has someone cut your tongue off? Why do you get like this? Is it the altitude you're in- or is it something you've eaten?
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Alternate Versions

In Spain it wasn't released until August 1977, two years after Francisco Franco's death. It was released only in English with Spanish subtitles. It wasn't dubbed in Castilian Spanish until 1983, when the film was released on VHS. See more »

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10 March 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

As I understand it, "The Assassination of Trotsky" has been considered by many a rather crummy movie. I didn't find it such at all (of course, after you've seen pieces of crap like "Everyone Says I Love You" and "Baryshnya-Krestyanka", almost anything seems good). The movie focuses less on Leon Trotsky (Richard Burton) than on his assassin, the enigmatic Frank Jackson (Alain Delon). I thought that a really effective scene was the bullfight: we know that the matador is eventually going to kill the bull, though the emphasis is on everything leading up to it (sort of like what happens in the movie).

Overall, I thought that the movie was worth seeing. It shows how although Trotsky felt betrayed by what the Soviet Union had turned into under Stalin, he hadn't abandoned his mission of promoting international socialism. I wonder what he would have thought of the Soviet leaders after Stalin, had he lived to witness the changes there.

Also starring Romy Schneider and Valentina Cortese.


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