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Brawny in both intellect and scope, Reds is an intimate epic that captures the tumult of revolutionary change and the passion of those navigating through it.



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This epic film focuses on the life of famed American communist John Reed. The film begins in 1915, when Reed makes the acquaintance of married Portland journalist Louise Bryant. So persuasive is Reed's point of view that Louise kicks over the traces and joins Reed and his fellow radicals.

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Warren Beatty
as John Reed
Diane Keaton
as Louise Bryant
Maureen Stapleton
as Emma Goldman
Jack Nicholson
as Eugene O'Neill
Edward Herrmann
as Max Eastman
Jerzy Kosinski
as Grigory Zinoviev
Paul Sorvino
as Louis Fraina
Nicolas Coster
as Paul Trullinger
Ian Wolfe
as Mr. Partlow
M. Emmet Walsh
as Speaker at the Liberal Club
Bessie Love
as Mrs. Partlow
Macintyre Dixon
as Carl Walters
Pat Starr
as Helen Walters
Max Wright
as Floyd Dell
George Plimpton
as Horace Whigham
Harry Ditson
as Maurice Becker
Leigh Curran
as Ida Rauh
Kathryn Grody
as Crystal Eastman
Brenda Currin
as Marjorie Jones
Nancy Duiguid
as Jane Heap
Dolph Sweet
as Big Bill Haywood
Ramon Bieri
as Police Chief
Jack O'Leary
as Pinkerton Guard
Gene Hackman
as Pete Van Wherry
Gerald Hiken
as Dr. Lorber
William Daniels
as Julius Gerber
Dave King
as Allan Benson
Joseph Buloff
as Joe Volski
Stefan Gryff
as Gomberg
Denis Pekarev
as Interpreter
Roger Sloman
as Vladimir Lenin
Stuart Richman
as Leon Trotsky
Oleg Kerensky
as A. Kerensky/Himself/Witness
Nikko Seppala
as Young Bolshevik
John J. Hooker
as Sen. Overman
Shane Rimmer
as MacAlpine
Tony Sibbald
as CLP Member
Josef Sommer
as Official
Pertti Weckstrom
as Finnish Doctor
Nina Macarova
as Russian Nurse
Jose DeFillippo
as Russian Doctor
Henry Miller
as Witness
Dora Russell
as Witness
Art Shields
as Witness
Tess Davis
as Witness
Heaton Vorse
as Witness
Rebecca West
as Witness
Will Durant
as Witness
Arne Swabeck
as Witness
Adele Nathan
as Witness
Hugo Gellert
as Witness
Jacob Bailin
as Witness
John Ballato
as Witness
Arthur Mayer
as Witness
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  • Nov 30, 2014
    A gripping political epic of ambitious discussions (and with a splendid production design) about an idealistic journalist/activist who became an ardent revolutionary to fight for what he believed in, and it is very well edited and well paced for a film that runs for over three hours.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2014
    Beatty's masterpiece is long but one never seems to resent it. This is a film out of step with the anti-communist rhetoric of the time and is loving in its treatment of an American with a truly alternative point of view at the height of revolution.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2013
    This was quite a long movie but the story being told got better and better.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2012
    Even though it has a very epic 3 hour plus running time, "Reds" is quite personal and doesn't feel as 'big' as other epics do, which is a pretty rare quality for a film to have. The only problem is that where other epics (i.e. "Patton" and "Gandhi") go by reasonably fast, "Reds" doesn't. It feels longer than it actually is, and that's definitely not a good trait when it's almost two hundred minutes long. That being said, it's directed with as much cohesion and detail as a director with this source material can possibly do and the actors all doing their very best, with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson having terrific performances. I doubt that many will be extremely interested by what "Reds" has to offer, but I found it insightful and well-made, and I applaud Warren Beatty's courage to tackle such a large-scale project.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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