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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 coopting the identity of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

Writers:

Mark Peploe (original story), Mark Peploe (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

According to director Bernardo Bertolucci: "Michelangelo Antonioni, a great director, had to wait six years after 'The Passenger' to find the money to do a movie. Someone like Antonioni shouldn't be unemployed for six years." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
David Locke: Do you speak English?
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Alternate Versions

The VHS release of the film includes a scene that is not on the DVD, where Locke is in Barcelona asking passersby for directions to the Umbraculo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Luxor (2020) See more »

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Famous concluding shot worth the wait.
7 August 2003 | by mercuryadonisSee all my reviews

Slow but well worth the time it takes to arrive at the shattering conclusion. Watch it more than once as there are many small visual cues and tips that add both to the plot and theme. Jack Nicholson is superb - and surprisingly low-key - as the jaded and detached reporter who switches identity with a dead man out of boredom more than anything else. Maria Schneider is fine in a somewhat underwritten role. The real stars however are Antonioni's restlessly roving camera and the sublime locations which include the Sahara desert, a cable-car, and that bewitching Gaudi rooftop in Barcelona.


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Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish | German | French

Release Date:

9 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,157, 30 October 2005

Gross USA:

$620,155

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$768,744
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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