The Passenger

  • 12
  • Michelangelo Antonioni (1975)
  • Fr / It / Sp
  • 120 min
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

This typically enigmatic movie from director Michelangelo Antonioni portrays what happens to a burnt-out TV reporter (Jack Nicholson) who adopts the identity of a dead man (a gunrunner) and loses himself in Africa's civil wars. Antonioni's favourite theme of the emptiness of existence is examined here, along with a visual debate about the exploitation of the Third World. And like his preceding movies Blowup and Zabriskie Point, it's a meandering if dreamlike experience. However, the film has a wonderful hypnotic atmosphere, thanks to Nicholson's excellent performance and the magnificent location photography of the Sahara and the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona. And the long final sequence, shot without the aid of a Steadicam, is a dazzling tour de force that will leave you both amazed and puzzled.

Plot Summary

Drama from director Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider. While in Africa, journalist David Locke takes on the identity of a dead man with a shady lifestyle. He decides to keep the appointments detailed in the deceased's diary, thereby embarking upon an intriguing journey from the Sahara to the dust-blown south of Spain.

Cast and crew


David Locke
Jack Nicholson
Maria Schneider
Rachel Locke
Jenny Runacre
Martin Knight
Ian Hendry
Steven Berkoff
Ambrose Bia


Michelangelo Antonioni

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
C.I.C. (UK)
Contains swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 16 Jun 2006
Certificate 12