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Professione: reporter (1975)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 9 April 1975 (USA)
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A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

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Mark Peploe (original story), Mark Peploe (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Jack Nicholson ... Locke
Maria Schneider ... Girl
Jenny Runacre ... Rachel
Ian Hendry ... Knight
Steven Berkoff ... Stephen
Ambroise Bia Ambroise Bia ... Achebe
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Charles Mulvehill Charles Mulvehill ... Robertson (as Chuck Mulvehill)
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A journalist researching a documentary in the Sahara Desert meets a gunrunner who dies suddenly. When the journalist notices that they have a similar appearance, he assumes the recently deceased's identity and accepts the consequences that it brings. Written by MuzikJunky

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I used to be somebody else...but I traded him in.

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Italy | Spain | France

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English | Spanish | German | French

Release Date:

9 April 1975 (USA) See more »

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Beruf: Reporter See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,157, 30 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$619,744, 12 March 2006
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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Re-release of a classic
3 October 2005 | by Chris KnippSee all my reviews

Michelangelo Antonioni: The Passenger (Italy/France 1975). 128 minutes. Release by Sony Classics Pictures release. Release date: October 28, 2005. Shown at the New York Film Festival: October 8, 2005.

Thirty years later, Michelangelo Antonioni's re-released "The Passenger" is looking very good, and so are Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider, as the journalist who takes a dead man's identity in the Sahara and the girl he meets in Barcelona who decides to tag along. David Locke (Nicholson) takes the passport of a man named Robertson who he's had a few drinks with in a hotel. Before that we see Locke experience frustration, giving away cigarettes to men in turbans who say nothing, abandoned by a boy guide, dumping a Land Rover stuck in the sand. Later we see films that show as a journalist he was subservient to bad men. Locke has Robertson's appointment book which leads him to Munich, then various points in Spain. He learns Robertson was a committed man taking risks: he sold arms to revolutionaries whose causes he thought were just. He gets a huge down-payment.

Then Locke's wife gets a tape of him talking to Robertson and his passport with Robertson's photo pasted into it -- and she gets the picture.

Changing your identity and using someone else's isn't just an existential act, it's also a criminal one. Locke's gambit is hopeless: he winds up fleeing from himself. The film skillfully gives its action story an existential underpinning. The chase keeps up a rapid pace, like the Bourne franchise, but it has time to contemplate Locke's old and new lives in a metaphorical story he tells Schneider about a blind man that explains how he ends up.

Antonioni is great at little incidentals -- a girl chewing bubblegum, a man reciting in a Gaudi building. And at the end, people coming and going in a desolate plaza outside a bullfighting amphitheater. The locations provide exotic glamor. The camera-work of course is wonderful. In retrospect now one can see this was definitely a culmination for Antonioni. He thought it technically his best film. This is the director's preferred European version, originally released as "Professione: Reporter."


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