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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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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... John Reed
... Louise Bryant
... Max Eastman
... Grigory Zinoviev
... Eugene O'Neill
... Louis Fraina
... Emma Goldman
... Paul Trullinger
... Speaker - Liberal Club
... Mr. Partlow
... Mrs. Partlow
MacIntyre Dixon ... Carl Walters
Pat Starr ... Helen Walters
Eleanor D. Wilson ... Mrs. Reed
... Floyd Dell
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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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Not since Gone With The Wind has there been a great romantic epic like it!


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25 December 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Comrades  »

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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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The film takes place from November 1915 to October 17, 1920. See more »

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During the tram ride in Petrograd there is a modern traffic sign visible (a yellow line on red background: forbidden driving direction). See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in Wings: Crate Expectations (1991) See more »

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Onward Christian Soldiers
Written by Sabine Baring-Gould (as S. Baring-Gould) & Arthur Sullivan (as A. Sullivan)
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Great piece of political discussion and drama
27 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Warren Beatty makes himself the only director to get Oscar nominations in Best Producer (picture), director, actor and writer twice (Heaven Can Wait is the other one), and he won his only Oscar (besides his honorary Thalberg award in 2000) for direction here. And it is well deserved. Mainly because this is the best film about communism and other political issues ever made.

Here, Beatty portrays journalist and idealist John Reed to maximum potential. He also comes of great with Diane Keaton as his love. Long, yet immensly entertaining and interesting, which was one of the few political films (besides maybe South Park) that got me thinking about communism. By the way, this film also won best conematography (Vittoro Storatto) and Best Supporting Actress (Maureen Stapleton as Emma Goldman), though I think it should've also won Oscars for Nicholson and Beatty. One of the better films (top 20) of the decade. A+


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