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Professione: reporter (1975)

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A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of coopting the identity of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Nicholson ... Locke
Maria Schneider ... Girl
Jenny Runacre ... Rachel
Ian Hendry ... Knight
Steven Berkoff ... Stephen
Ambroise Bia Ambroise Bia ... Achebe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Mulvehill Charles Mulvehill ... Robertson (as Chuck Mulvehill)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Italy | Spain | France

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English | Spanish | German | French

Release Date:

9 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beruf: Reporter See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,157, 30 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$620,155

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$833,557
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michelangelo Antonioni originally wanted Donald Sutherland for the part of the reporter. See more »

Quotes

The Girl: People disappear every day.
David Locke: Every time they leave the room.
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's first cut of the film was four hours long. He then reduced it to two hours twenty minutes before further cutting it down to two hours following pressure from MGM. See more »

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One of the best Antonioni films
27 September 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

Michelangelo Antonioni's films are very static, with a few dialogues. They describe boredom of bourgeois class, they're cold. Sometimes they're unbearable: either you like them or you don't.

"Professione: reporter", to me, belongs to the most interesting period of Antonioni's career (between the second half of the Sixties and the first of the Seventies). Because in these years the Italian director made his most accessible works: "Blow Up" (1966), "Zabryskie point" (1969) and "Professione: reporter" ("The Passenger", 1974). These films contain more action and more situations. They are neither more commercial nor more mainstream, but they talk about an adventure or a dream.

A journalist in North Africa switches the identity with a dead man who looks like him. He does this to escape from his life and for living a more interesting one. But he'll pay for his choice...

It's difficult to say, but this Antonioni movie (with his recurrent themes and -in a smaller way- times) has a lot of suspense, if I can say so. Once you begin to watch it, you can't give up. The funny thing is that nothing really big or special happens: sometimes it seems a road movie, sometimes it is a typical Antonioni analysis of the society. Jack Nicholson -how young he was at that time!- fills the film, his performance and his expressions are brilliant. It's also interesting the chemistry with Maria Schneider, the lady of "The last tango in Paris" -an actress who never got the fame and the recognition she deserved.

Cinematography is fantastic. But, above all, the big surprise of the film is the final shot: a 7-8 minutes take without cuts, absolute amazing. It's not describable, it's a must!


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