Synopsis: American journalist John Reed journeys to Russia to document the Bolshevik Revolution and returns a revolutionary. His fervor for left-wing politics leads him to Louise Bryant, 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, and Reed returns to Russia, where his health declines.
Director(s): Warren Beatty
Production: Paramount Home Video
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 34 nominations.
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195 min

a stuffy provincial coffin for the mind.

It may be stuffy and provincial,

but it also happens

to be a coffin where I earn a living.

You can take your living

and fill up teeth with it,

because I can earn my own living.

I have my work.

You consider a few articles in

The Oregonian and The Gazette work?

No, I'll tell you

what your work is, Louise.

It's making yourself

the center of attention.

It's shocking Louise Trullinger,

emancipated woman of Portland.

Now, we're gonna say good night

to these people and go home.

- I'm going to the Liberal Club.

- You're not going to the Liberal Club.

- I'm going to the Liberal Club, Paul.

- No, you're not...

It's very nice, Mrs. Trullinger. All of it.

It's very gratifying to hear,

isn't it, Louise?

Isn't it, Louise?

Of course, you know

who is going to be at the Liberal Club.

Patriotic Americans believe in freedom.

And unless we are willing to take arms

to defend our heritage,

we cannot call ourselves

patriotic Americans!

I'm proud to be free.

I'm proud to be an American.

And if the man

we elected President decides

that our freedoms are being threatened

and that the world must

be made safe for democracy,

then I know I won't be alone

in heeding the call of patriotism!

What is this war about?

Each man will have his own answer.

I have mine. I'm ready to be called!

Now, tonight we have with us

the son of Margaret

and the late C.J. Reed of Portland,

who has witnessed this war first-hand.

And I, for one, see no reason

why we here at the Liberal Club

shouldn't listen to what

Jack Reed has to say.

What would you say

this war is about, Jack Reed?


What did he say?

Excuse me, Mr. Reed.

Hello, my name is Louise Bryant

and I am a journalist.

And I was wondering if you might

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Warren Beatty

Henry Warren Beatty (né Beaty; born March 30, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for fourteen Academy Awards – four for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best Director, three for Original Screenplay, and one for Adapted Screenplay – winning Best Director for Reds (1981). Aside from Orson Welles for Citizen Kane, Beatty is the only person to have been nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film, and he did so twice: first for Heaven Can Wait (with Buck Henry as co-director), and again with Reds. Eight of the films he has produced have earned 53 Academy nominations, and in 1999, he was awarded the Academy's highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award. Beatty has been nominated for eighteen Golden Globe Awards, winning six, including the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, which he was honored with in 2007. Among his Golden Globe-nominated films are Splendor in the Grass (1961), his screen debut, and Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Shampoo (1975), Heaven Can Wait (1978), Reds (1981), Dick Tracy (1990), Bugsy (1991), Bulworth (1998) and Rules Don't Apply (2016), all of which he also produced. Director and collaborator Arthur Penn described Beatty as "the perfect producer", adding, "He makes everyone demand the best of themselves. Warren stays with a picture through editing, mixing and scoring. He plain works harder than anyone else I have ever seen." more…

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