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Of the wide-release, narrative, political films made in the second half of the 20th century, surely "Reds" ranks as one of the best. "The Manchurian Candidate," "All the President's Men," "The Candidate," and "Sweet Bird of Youth" are all interesting mixtures of fact and fiction that actually pale next to Beatty's gutsy work. Even Oliver Stone's work on historical situations and figures, "Platoon," "Salvador," "JFK," and "Nixon," seems--as fine as it is--too slick and slightly impersonal compared to the political vigor and sexual dynamics explored in this bio-pic of Jack Reed, Eugene O'Neill and Louise Bryant. The depths of feeling and intelligence in this film, despite your feelings about Communism, can make you glad to be alive. Thank you, Warren Beatty, for giving this story to the world in such a powerful and even-handed way. I can't wait until this movie is available on DVD. Hopefully, Warren will add a commentary track or two w/Jack and Diane, of course.
This film is a classic. It's about the days preceding the Russian Revolution and the excitement that the idea of communism created. Depicted from the point of view of an American journalist (Warren Beatty) over a period of years, the film shows how that communist ideal was corrupted by politics and power. Diane Keaton plays his love interest, and it's wonderful to see her at the beginning of her career. Great acting, great direction, great script.
I remember enjoying it when it first came out, wanted to see it again, and wanted my kids to see it for its historical importance.
I bought it because it is very long, about 4 hours and 2 discs long. I don't usually buy movies, but I knew I wanted to see it at my leisure. In fact, I watched the first disc a couple of weeks ago and have yet to see the second. I'm also interested in seeing the extras portion of the DVD.
This is one of the greatest movies ever made. In a search for idealism gone astray Beatty argues for a journey into the experiment of those on the continent who have sought a communal way to exist caring for more than their own sense of material well being. Diane Keaton is a lovely sweetheart and is unforgettable as Louise Bryant his love interest in the movie, and who becomes his wife. Jack Nicholson has a rather interesting role with some pent up frustrations in his desire for Keaton. A movie made on a grand scale this is a great achievement and accomplishment for the hollywood film industry and certainly for Mr. Warren Beatty personally. Own it!
I like Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, and Jack Nicholson. I also like Jack Reed, Louise Bryant, and Eugene O'Neill. I think Louise Bryant was one hot mama, even hotter that Virginia Woolf. I get very inspired every thing a see this movie and I want to go to Russia to restart the revolution. One of my top ten favorites.
This movie has an incredible cast of charachters - it still seems to me that there may never be a movie with such an incredible, best all-around actors together in any movie. Warren Beatty has created a fantastic movie.
If you don't know about John Reed or Lousie Bryant, or if you could care less about the Russian Revolution and the Communist takeover of Russia, you should see this movie anyway because of the actors. It is long, but it tells a story soon forgotten.