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Reds (1981)

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A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

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Warren Beatty
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Beatty ... John Reed
Diane Keaton ... Louise Bryant
Edward Herrmann ... Max Eastman
Jerzy Kosinski ... Grigory Zinoviev
Jack Nicholson ... Eugene O'Neill
Paul Sorvino ... Louis Fraina
Maureen Stapleton ... Emma Goldman
Nicolas Coster ... Paul Trullinger
M. Emmet Walsh ... Speaker - Liberal Club
Ian Wolfe ... Mr. Partlow
Bessie Love ... Mrs. Partlow
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Carl Walters
Pat Starr ... Helen Walters
Eleanor D. Wilson Eleanor D. Wilson ... Mrs. Reed
Max Wright ... Floyd Dell
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Storyline

American journalist John Reed journeys to Russia to document the Bolshevik Revolution and returns a revolutionary. His fervor for left-wing politics leads him to Louise Bryant, then married, who will become a feminist icon and activist. Politics at home become more complicated as the rift grows between reality and Reed's ideals. Bryant takes up with a cynical playwright, and Reed returns to Russia, where his health declines. Written by Jwelch5742

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | German | French | Finnish | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reds: The John Reed Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,325,029, 6 December 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,382,659
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally titled "Comrades". See more »

Goofs

John Reed is shown dying of progressive kidney failure. In real life he died from typhus. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Witness 1: [voiceover] Was that in 1913 or 17? I can't remember now. Uh, I'm, uh, beginning to forget all the people that I used to know, see?
Witness 2: [voiceover] Do I remember Louise Bryant? Why, of course, I couldn't forget her if I tried.
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As the credits roll, additional interviews with the 'witnesses' play. See more »

Alternate Versions

3 seconds of horse falls were cut from the British version. The DVD supplements showing these shots are also cut in England. See more »


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You're a Grand Old Flag
Written by George M. Cohan
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One of the 10 best American films
6 May 2000 | by ese1942See all my reviews

A fascinating, expertly made look at why "The Red Menace" never was that, here in the United States, and why the Russian Revolution never turned out to be what it could have been.

Technically, the movie is beautiful to look at, well written and well acted. It has a lot of great professional actors in it, and lots of the people who were actually there at the time this part of our history was being made. The "witnesses" device works well for Warren Beatty who as a director and writer always seems to include the easily overlooked details of the stories in most of his films. He is also at his fumbling best as John Reed, whose 10 Days That Shook The World fell into well-deserved obscurity probably almost as soon as it was written. That this great historical perspective could rise out of that is truly a testimony to Beatty's talent.

There are many great acting performances in this film, including one of Jack Nicholson's very best as Eugene O'Neil, as well as those of Paul Sorvino, Gene Hackman and George Plimpton who demonstrate the range of persons who touched Jack Reed's life. Jerzy Kozinsky is riveting as Zinoviev.

If one likes historically based dramas, this one should leave you breathless, and will probably leave you wanting to watch it more than once, just to make sure you don't miss any of the details.

10 Stars, Absolutely.


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