Warren Beatty (1981)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
It took Warren Beatty's ferocious energy to even attempt this chronicle of the Russian Revolution, focused through a radical love affair, and come up with a final product that is so close to the project's original intentions. In telling the story of American journalist John Reed (author of Ten Days That Shook the World, which is regarded by many as the definitive account of the events) and his on-off romance with left-wing activist Diane Keaton, Beatty surrounded himself with massive talent: British writer Trevor Griffiths, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, composer Stephen Sondheim, the great editor Dede Allen and a scene-stealing Jack Nicholson as playwright Eugene O'Neill. Beatty won a well-deserved Oscar for best director but this intelligent epic should have garnered so many more.


Oscar-winning fact-based drama, based on the life of American journalist and activist John Reed, famous for his first-hand account of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The film focuses on his relationship with writer Louise Bryant, whom he first encounters at a meeting for radical thinkers. Leaving her husband, she joins Reed on his journey to Russia as the Bolshevik uprising gets under way. Directed by and starring Warren Beatty. With Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Edward Herrmann.

Cast & Crew

John Reed Warren Beatty
Eugene O'Neill Jack Nicholson
Louise Bryant Diane Keaton
Max Eastman Edward Herrmann
Louis Fraina Paul Sorvino
Grigory Zinoviev Jerzy Kosinski
Emma Goldman Maureen Stapleton
Speaker M Emmet Walsh
Mr Partlow Ian Wolfe
Director Warren Beatty
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD