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

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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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Not since Gone With The Wind has there been a great romantic epic like it!


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Country:

USA

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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:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,325,029, 6 December 1981

Gross USA:

$40,382,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,382,659
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, and Maureen Stapleton. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Two Idiots in Hollywood (1988) See more »

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You're a Grand Old Flag
Written by George M. Cohan
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This is a film treat it as such....
7 February 2004 | by jmb3222See all my reviews

This is an interesting film, all the more so because it is meant to tell a true story (insofar as any film of real events is true!)

I suppose you'll either like it or loathe it. If you like it, good; it isn't a bad film, but a bit of an idea of European history will help you.

If you you fall into the latter category loathe it because you think it's a bad film not because of the stupid bigotry shown in some of the other reviews here which seem to be so hung up on the USA and Mom and apple pie that they see "Commies" in even thinking about the event of the early 20th century!

After seeing it it made me interested enough to find out about John Reed. You might not like what he thought, you might not like Warren Beatty and what he thinks but for heaven's sake don't rubbish this film simply because it's about a political system you may not like, or have been indoctrinated not to like!

It's not brilliant but neither is it a "love poem to communism".


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