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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

Writer:

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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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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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

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?
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"Whatever happened to Leon Trotsky?..."
29 January 2007 | by stuart-523See all my reviews

Remember that opening line from The Stranglers' great song from the late-70s, 'No More Heroes'? Well this film provides us with a precise answer to that question, rather than the song's own rather flippant retort ("He got an ice-pick that made his ears burn"). 'The Assassination of Trotsky' is a fascinating story and one that deserves telling. At first Richard Burton seems a bit one-dimensional but as the film develops his performance evolves to reveal the revolutionary's personal charisma, his considerable intelligence, and his devotion to Marxism and his beloved wife. Alain Delon is simply riveting as the emotionally retarded Jacson - ultimately revealing him to be a pathetic individual, and Romy Schneider is brilliantly passionate in her role as Jacson's lover and Trotsky's devoted secretary. Although flawed in parts (with a script that was clearly chopped by the studios), this is an intense, realistic examination of Trotsky's last few months, with a quite stunning murder, where Losey puts the viewer in Jacson's shoes to devastating effect. A genuinely chilling moment in very fine, though admittedly patchy, film.


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