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3 Ratings: 4.7
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Nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won 3 (Best Director Warren Beatty, Best Supporting Actress Maureen Stapleton & Best Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro).      Filmed in the UK, Sweden, Finland and the United States.   … see full wiki

Director: Warren Beatty
Genre: Drama, Romance, Documentary
Release Date: December 4, 1981
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about Reds

Warren Beatty's epic: The life and times of John Reed and Louise Bryant.

  • Oct 17, 2009
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Reds was Warren Beatty's dramatic masterpiece.  Filmed in a grand epic scale and shot in several countries, Beatty's movie is about revolutionary journalist John Reed and the love of his life Louise Bryant. This melodramatic tale is about their relationship and the changing politics around the globe.  Beatty does double duty as the director and star.  Diane Keaton co-stars as Louise Bryant, a restless housewife who falls in love with John and leaves her dentist husband and moves to New York where she's introduced to such notable figures as Max Eastman (Edward Hermann), Eugene O'Neill (Jack Nicholson) and Emma Goldman (Maureen Stapleton).  

Their relationship is a complex one and John's long trips around the country causes Louise to have an affair with O'Neill.  Too much drama between the two causes them to separate and goes their different ways when John chooses his political activism or Louise's pleas of settling down. But the growing tension and political strife in Russia brings them together as they chronicle the revolution and the two put aside their past differences and infidelities and become a couple once again.  But John's ever growing interest in becoming a political figure and Louise finding her niche as a writer causes another strain on their rocky relationship.  Will the two stay together for good?  Why is the government so concerned with John Reed and his political work?  Is there trouble on the horizon for these two lovers? You'll find out these answers and more when you watch Reds.

A great movie that has to be seen in a movie theater to capture it's grand spectacle.  I saw it on DVD recently and I was impressed by it.  I really enjoyed the acting from all of the main cast.  The photography is real beautiful and the direction is fluid and well paced (especially for a three hour plus film).  It's a shame that all four actors (Nicholson, Beatty, Keaton & Stapleton) didn't sweep all of the Academy Awards.  Maureen Stapleton did win the Award for Best Supporting Actor.  I really enjoyed her portrayal of Emma Goldman.  She did her justice by displaying her fiery persona onscreen and deserved her Oscar.  Diane Keaton's performance of Louise Bryant was just brilliant.  She poured a lot of emotion into the role and was highly impressive.  Warren Beatty was his usual handsome and charismatic self.  He brought a lot of charm and personality into the part of John Reed by capturing his
energy and spirit.

This movie's political leanings may turn off some of the more conservative viewers.  Don't let it's politics stop you watching this well acted and directed film.  An epic film that is a must see.

Highly recommended.

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