• Reds (1981)

Reds

Release Date: December 4th, 1981

DVD Release Date: October 10th, 2006

PG |3 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

American journalist John Reed (Warren Beatty) journeys to Russia to document the Boleshevik Revolution and returns a revolutionary. His fervor for left-wing politics leads him to Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton), then married, who will become a feminist icon and activist. Politics at home become more complicated as the rift grows between reality and Reed's ideals. Bryant takes up with a cynical playwright (Jack Nicholson), and Reed returns to Russia, where his health declines.

Cast: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Maureen Stapleton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Paul Sorvino, Nicolas Coster

Director: Warren Beatty

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Fall, Moving, Love, Fascinating

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    Reds is finally just an appealingly conventional epic movie-star romance with radical trimmings, but it contains several sharper elements that suggest the colorful period it seeks to recreate. show more

  • 100
    Rolling Stone

    Not since Lawrence of Arabia has there been a serious historical movie of this sweep, complexity and intelligence. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    As for Beatty, Reds is his bravura turn. He got the idea, nurtured it for a decade, found the financing, wrote most of the script, produced, and directed and starred and still found enough artistic detachment to make his Reed into a flawed, fascinating enigma instead of a boring archetypal hero. I liked this movie. I felt a real fondness for it. show more

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Costume Design
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Cinematography
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Directing
Nominated Sound
Winner Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama