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Reds

PG In Theaters 12/3/1981 , 195min.
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Plot & Details

Few filmmakers other than Warren Beatty would have had the courage and vision to fashion an epic film from the life of famed American Communist John Reed (who is the only US citizen buried in the Kremlin). The film is an effort to humanize a political movement that has previously been depicted on screen in a series of unsubtle and prejudicial broad strokes. The film begins in 1915, when Reed (Beatty) makes the acquaintance of married Portland journalist Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton). So persuasive is Reed's point of view--and so charismatic is Reed himself-- that Bryant kicks over the traces and joins Reed and his fellow radicals. Among the famous personages depicted herein are Emma Goldman (Maureen Stapleton), Eugene O'Neill (Jack Nicholson) and Max Eastman (Richard Herrmann). The second half of this nearly-200-minute film skims through the years when Reed, now a Russian resident, becomes disillusioned by the harsh realities of Bolshevism. Despite the celebrity line-up of real-life "witnesses" to the events depicted in the film (ranging from novelist Henry Miller to comedian George Jessel!), historians took Reds to task for its oversimplification of events and its laundering of the notoriously promiscuous Louise Bryant.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Warren Beatty Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Dede Allen Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Simon Kaye Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Vittorio Storaro Won
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Craig McKay Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Warren Beatty Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Jack Nicholson Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Trevor Griffiths Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Shirley Russell Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Warren Beatty Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Warren Beatty Won
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Diane Keaton Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Maureen Stapleton Won
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Michael Seirton Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound The Reds Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Richard Sylbert Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Jack Nicholson Won
1982 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Maureen Stapleton Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Warren Beatty Nominated
1981 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Maureen Stapleton Nominated
1981 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Diane Keaton Nominated
1981 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Warren Beatty Nominated
1981 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Jack Nicholson Nominated
1981 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1981 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Warren Beatty Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Jack Nicholson Won
1982 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Maureen Stapleton Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 Directors Guild of America Best Director Warren Beatty Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Maureen Stapleton Won
1981 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Vittorio Storaro Won
1981 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director Warren Beatty Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
1981 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Jack Nicholson Won
1981 National Board of Review Best Director Warren Beatty Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won

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