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3.7
501 Ratings

Reds

Directed by Warren Beatty
United States, 1981
Drama, Biography

Synopsis

Political drama about the stormy romantic partnership of journalist-revolutionary Jack Reed, author of “Ten Days That Shook the World,” and writer-artist Louise Bryant, set against the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution.

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Reds Directed by Warren Beatty

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1982 | 3 wins including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1982 | 9 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1981 | 4 wins including: Best Film

BAFTA Awards

1983 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

1983 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor

Beatty not only delivered a surprisingly literate and politically engaged film, he also crafted a romance for the ages.
October 11, 2018
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If the current rise of Donald Trump—whose inflammatory, xenophobic anti-immigration rhetoric seems to strike a chord in a large number of Americans—suggests anything, it’s that a film like Reds may be as unfashionable and necessary now as it was in 1981.
March 30, 2016
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Reds is an impressive film in many respects, long and spacious and intelligent. There was certainly nothing wrong with Beatty’s eye for talent and collaborators. Vittorio Storaro’s photography… is superb, clear and sharp, yet expressive, capturing a sense of period without excessive artifice. Yet, Reds is built around a curious series of contradictions and limitations that hamper its impact, the most overt of which is a gap between method and subject.
July 28, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Reds

    An amazing political drama about communism and the Russian Revolution made by Warren Beatty. My respect for the man has gone considerably up after watching this film! What balls it must have taken to pull this off, let alone think about doing it in the first place! I think John Reed, if he were alive to see the film, would find it to be, say, quite proletarian. A great Hollywood epic and an honorable and heroic film

  • T. J. Harman's rating of the film Reds

    Beatty's best outing as a director though not his best performance (Keaton and Nicholson steal the film). I can't believe this was made in the Reagan 80s. The use of the interviews with the "witnesses" was very well done (nice to see Henry Miller in there too).

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Reds

    Some great scenes and some good performances but it mostly felt like a bad history lesson. Way too long for its own good.

  • ihor's rating of the film Reds

    Perhaps I'm just too much of a history buff, but I think this is one of the greatest epics in cinema. The rise and fall of the American Left, the Bolshevik revolution and a romance are all woven together. Interviews from those actually alive in the era are interlaced with fictional scenes that complement the narrative. The power, and also limitations, of grand ideas are eloquently explored.

  • Edward Copeland's rating of the film Reds

    Possibly the biggest reversal in my moviegoing life, but that's what happens when you see a 3 hour film on the Russian Revolution when you are 12 and get bored silly. When you revisit it 25 years later, you realize what a masterpiece it truly is. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2007/01/re-fighting-cold-war.html

  • paul_quixote's rating of the film Reds

    Does a great job recognizing/celebrating/critiquing how inextricably intertwined beauty/joy/progress is w fuckedness/tragedy/shit. Drawing explicit parallel between doomed romance & doomed contours of history is a risky proposition. But it pays off! Fav is back2back scenes of Keaton trashing Beatty's feckless movement, then trashing Nicholson for being too big a coward to commit to something bigger than himself.

  • jewelsofglory's rating of the film Reds

    Marvellous, marvellous, marvellous!!! A biographical masterpiece that is a love letter to Bolshevism. Diane and Warren have a perfect chemistry on screen and the political deliveries were superb. I cannot recommend this film enough. Even still, it's 'Americaness' made it very entertaining.

  • Mtume Gant's rating of the film Reds

    First hour of this film is kinda not mostly needed. It feels like Beatty felt like needed a way to soften up this story of socialism palatable for the American liberal public. So he leans on the love story. Nicholson is odd as Oniel but Stapleton is spot on as the unsung legend Emma Goldman (though the lack of her anarchist framing was troubling), frankly I wish the film was about her, SHE understood.

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