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FULL SYNOPSIS

Few filmmakers other than Warren Beatty would have had the courage and vision to fashion an epic film from the life of famed American Communist John Reed (who is the only US citizen buried in the Kremlin). The film is an effort to humanize a political movement that has previously been depicted on screen in a series of unsubtle and prejudicial broad strokes. The film begins in 1915, when Reed (Beatty) makes the acquaintance of married Portland journalist Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton). So persuasive is Reed's point of view--and so charismatic is Reed himself-- that Bryant kicks over the traces and joins Reed and his fellow radicals. Among the famous personages depicted herein are Emma Goldman (Maureen Stapleton), Eugene O'Neill (Jack Nicholson) and Max Eastman (Richard Herrmann). The second half of this nearly-200-minute film skims through the years when Reed, now a Russian resident, becomes disillusioned by the harsh realities of Bolshevism. Despite the celebrity line-up of real-life "witnesses" to the events depicted in the film (ranging from novelist Henry Miller to comedian George Jessel!), historians took Reds to task for its oversimplification of events and its laundering of the notoriously promiscuous Louise Bryant. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 3, 1981

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Nicholson Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor 1981 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Seirton Best Art Direction 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Shirley Russell Best Costume Design 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Simon Kaye Best Sound 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Trevor Griffiths Best Original Screenplay 1981 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Warren Beatty Best Director 1981 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Warren Beatty Best Director 1981 Winner
National Board of Review Warren Beatty Best Director 1981 Winner
Directors Guild of America Warren Beatty Best Director 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Director 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Warren Beatty Best Screenplay 1981 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Warren Beatty Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Original Screenplay 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Actor 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Picture 1981 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Maureen Stapleton Best Supporting Actress 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maureen Stapleton Best Supporting Actress 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maureen Stapleton Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1981 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Maureen Stapleton Best Supporting Actress 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Sylbert Best Art Direction 1981 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Vittorio Storaro Best Cinematography 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vittorio Storaro Best Cinematography 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Diane Keaton Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Diane Keaton Best Actress 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dede Allen Best Editing 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Craig McKay Best Editing 1981 Nominee

Cast

Warren Beatty
as John Reed
Diane Keaton
as Louise Bryant
Edward Herrmann
as Max Eastman
Jerzy Kosinski
as Grigory Zinoviev
Jack Nicholson
as Eugene O'Neill
Paul Sorvino
as Louis Fraina
Maureen Stapleton
as Emma Goldman
Nicolas Coster
as Paul Trullinger
M. Emmet Walsh
as Speaker at the Liberal Club
Ian Wolfe
as Mr. Partlow
Bessie Love
as Mrs. Partlow
MacIntyre Dixon
as Carl Walters
Will Durant
as Witness
Marion Dougherty
Rebecca West
as Witness
George Plimpton
as Horace Whigham
Nancy Foy
Pat Starr
as Helen Walters
Patsy Pollock
Max Wright
as Floyd Dell
Shane Rimmer
as MacAlpine
Jerry Hardin
as Harry
Kathryn Grody
as Crystal Eastman
Gene Hackman
as Pete Van Wherry
Norman Chancer
as Barney
Dolph Sweet
as Big Bill Haywood
Jack O'Leary
as Pinkerton Guard
William Daniels
as Julius Gerber
Harry Ditson
as Maurice Becker
George Jessel
as Witness
Ramon Bieri
as Police Chief
Gretchen Rennell
Roger Sloman
as Vladimir Lenin
Brenda Currin
as Marjorie Jones
Stuart Richman
as Leon Trotsky
Jan Triska
as Karl Radek
Tony Sibbald
as CLP Member
Ake Lindman
as Escort
Stefan Gryff
as Alex Gomberg
Jane Jenkins
Josef Sommer
as Official
Gerald Hiken
as Dr. Lorber
Dave King
as Allan Benson
Leigh Curran
as Ida Rauh
Jack Kehoe
as Eddie
Noel Davis
Arthur Mayer
as Witness
Christopher Malcolm
as C.I.P. Party Member
R.G. Armstrong
as Agent

Crew

Warren Beatty
Director
Warren Beatty
Producer
Simon Relph
Producer
Dede Allen
Producer
Trevor Griffiths
Screenwriter
Warren Beatty
Screenwriter
Vittorio Storaro
Cinematographer
Stephen Sondheim
Composer (Music Score)
Dede Allen
Editor
Craig McKay
Editor
Simon Relph
Editor
Michael Seirton
Production Designer
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
A. Kitman Ho
Production Designer
Simon Holland
Art Director
David L. MacLeod
Associate Producer
Simon Relph
Executive Producer
Dede Allen
Executive Producer
Redmond Morris
Set Designer
Simon Bosanquet
Set Designer
Shirley Russell
Costume Designer
Zelda Barron
Script Supervisor
Peter Odabashian
Sound Editor
Dave Grusin
Additional Music
William Scharf
Additional Editing
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