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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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Warren Beatty lost thirty pounds and suffered laryngitis after completion of the movie. This partially explains why he did not make any press interviews for the film. At that time, he was recovering at his friend Jerzy Kosinski's house, which he was sharing. See more »

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According to the intertitle, Reed and his group are expelled from the National Socialist Convention in Chicago. In the very next scene, Reed and Bryant are back in Croton-on-Hudson, wearing the same clothes, as if on the same day. 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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Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

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Just a Little Love Song
Written by Joe Young (as Joseph Young), Sam Lewis (as Sammuel M. Lewis) and Joe Cooper
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A Monumental Achievement in Epic Film-Making
29 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Reds" is a 200-minute epic masterpiece which deals with left-wing American journalist John Reed (Warren Beatty in an Oscar-nominated performance) and his coverage of the Russian Revolution of the 1910s. Beatty's passion is what carries this ambitious film, which could have easily been a multi-million dollar disaster. His Oscar-winning direction, screenplay, and overall performance carry the film as far as it can possibly go. The top-flight performances by Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson (both Oscar-nominated), and Maureen Stapleton (Oscar-winning) all add great depth to the performance. Paul Sorvino, Edward Herrmann, and Gene Hackman also make lasting impressions in supporting roles. Overall a great achievement all the way around. 5 stars out of 5.


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