6.0/10
1,392
26 user 12 critic

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 »

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writer:

Nicholas Mosley
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Once a Thief (1965)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Alain Delon, Ann-Margret, Van Heflin
Le gang (1977)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In 1945, as World War Two comes to a close, five small time crooks unite to form a gang. After several bold robberies they become notorious as "the front-wheel drive gang". The police ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Deray
Stars: Alain Delon, Laura Betti, Xavier Depraz
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The body of a young woman is discovered near a farm. The judge Larcher is in charge and thinks that the farmers (Rose and Pierre) have a link with the murder.

Director: Jean Chapot
Stars: Simone Signoret, Alain Delon, Paul Crauchet
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Julien and Agatha appear to be a great couple, loving, caring and seem to feel complete with each other. Though Julien often gives the impression of being interested in other girls, his ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Kahane
Stars: Alain Delon, Mireille Darc, Jane Davenport
Boomerang (1976)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Under the influence of drugs, a teenager, Eddy, kills a policeman. His father, Jacques, pleads extenuating circumstances and nearly succeeds in gaining the confidence of the policeman's widow. But the press reveals that Jacques is an ex-gangster who has spent time in prison.

Director: José Giovanni
Stars: Alain Delon, Carla Gravina, Dora Doll
Mr. Klein (1976)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France. He has a well-furnished flat, a mistress, and business is booming. Jews facing ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Francine Bergé
Crime | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Marseille. Heaps of flowers and funeral wreaths... "A man who no longer defends his colors is no longer a man."

Director: Jacques Deray
Stars: Alain Delon, Riccardo Cucciolla, Daniel Ivernel
No Way Out (1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A mob hitman wants to retire, but his bosses don't think that's a good idea. Complications--and many bloody shootouts-ensue.

Director: Duccio Tessari
Stars: Alain Delon, Richard Conte, Carla Gravina
Armaguedon (1977)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After years of poverty, Carrier, a repairman, inherits a large sum of money upon his brother's death in an accident. Now rich, he decides it is time to make his mark and be known at any cost. Becoming more and more mentally unstable, he begins to threaten police and the government signing his tracts, "Armaguedon". A detective from Interpol heads the investigation and prepares a trap at an ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Jessua
Stars: Alain Delon, Jean Yanne, Renato Salvatori
Scorpio (1973)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During the Cold War, the CIA orders free-lance operative Scorpio to assassinate his former CIA mentor Cross and a deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

What is real and what is fiction? Faced with writer's block with his novel, Lewis Fielding turns to a film script about a woman finding herself after his wife Elizabeth returns from Baden ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Glenda Jackson, Michael Caine, Helmut Berger
Lost Command (1966)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

French Army Colonel Raspeguy leads his paratroopers in battle against the Communist Viet Minh in Indochina and against Algerian guerrilla during the Algerian War.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, George Segal
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

For one moment, they hold history in their hands. With one terrible blow, they make it See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | France | UK

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Charlton Heston had turned down this in 1960, when he was looking for his first lead role after winning the Oscar for Ben-Hur (1959). 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?
See more »

Alternate Versions

In Spain it wasn't released until August 1977, two years after '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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The assassination of history?
5 April 2006 | by JasparLamarCrabbSee all my reviews

If you get it into your head that the great Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was in fact a boozy Welsh actor, then you might be able to sit through this mess. Otherwise, be prepared for a puzzler --- it's not terrible, it's just incoherent. Director Joseph Losey tosses history to the wind in favor of an underdeveloped story that introduces a lot of characters but doesn't say who they are or why they're in Mexico. Characters just keep meeting in the half ruins of Mexico City. It's beautifully photographed but has a heavily edited feel to it. Many scenes end very abruptly.

As the assassin, Alain Delon pouts a lot and wears sunglasses. Romy Schneider plays a character that was, at least historically, a disillusioned Trotskyite from Brooklyn! Schneider is stunning but not very well utilized here. And for some reason, she shouts every other line. It's never explained why or how she got hooked up with Delon, but it's just as well...the script offers no motivation for any character. As Trotsky, Richard Burton dons a very fake looking van dyke mustache and round glasses and spouts revolutionary thought into a Dictaphone. Classy Valentina Cortese has virtually no lines as Mrs. Trotsky so why she was cast is anyone's guess.

There's probably a truly compelling story to be told about the last days of Trotsky, but this isn't it.


9 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed