The Passenger

The Passenger

Michelangelo Antonioni (1975)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


A reporter assigned to North Africa finds a dead body in his hotel. Weary of his own life, he decides to take the dead man's passport and assume his identity. He learns that the deceased was a gunrunner being targeted for assassination, and strikes up a relationship with an enigmatic woman. Drama, starring Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Ian Hendry and Steven Berkoff.

Cast & Crew

David Locke Jack Nicholson
Girl Maria Schneider
Rachel Locke Jenny Runacre
Martin Knight Ian Hendry
Stephen Steven Berkoff
Achebe Ambrose Bia
Director Michelangelo Antonioni
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 16 Jun 2006