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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 »

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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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2 men, 2 women, but one with a 1000 sorrows and 1001 faces
21 November 2001 | by wobelixSee all my reviews

This is probably not the best picture ever made, even though we have the joy of seeing Richard Burton and hearing him almost twice, thanks to the recordings he makes during this cynical interlude in 20th century history.

For the voice of Burton alone, any film should be worth watching. But there is more, much more. Speaking in strange tongues there are also Alain Delon, much more convincing here than in his standard-macho appearances in French Film, and ... Romy Schneider.

This wonderful woman and superb actress shows here once more what a gem she really is. Was, unfortunately. What a fantastic performance once again.

Why is this not a superb film than ? It is not the difficulty of tongue; all the people on screen are exiles, they have to manage somehow with the words they find and the accents they have.

Nor is it the fact that three, no four actors play lovely. Over all the film is just not knitted tight enough, which is a pity, because now it is already worth all of our attention.


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