The Passenger

Synopsis: A journalist researching a documentary in the Sahara Desert meets a gunrunner who dies suddenly. When the journalist notices that they have a similar appearance, he assumes the recently deceased's identity and accepts the consequences that it brings.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  5 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

Oh, yes, of course. The man

in number 11...

...I believe is Mr...?

Locke. David Locke.

Yes, exactly.

He was a newspaperman, I think.

This is most unfortunate.

There is no doctor now,

and no flight for another three day.

What can we do with him,

Mr. Robertson?

I'll be outside.

Mr. Robertson.

- Mr. Robertson.

- Yes.

He's dead, Mr. Robertson.

What are you going to do?

We send body in the city.

The heat, you know.

We think have to get

done very quickly here.

- There are regulations. Is very sad.

- Yes.

Do you know if Mr. Locke

was a religious man?

We have a Catholic mission near here.

Do you think?

I'm sure that will do very well.


Library. David Locke?

Yep. Okay.

Martin, I think you probably knew

David better than any of us here.

In fact, I think he was in Africa

making a television film for you.

That's right, yes.

But I feel I must begin

by saying...

... how terribly upset I was

by the news of his death.

It was so unexpected.

He was still very young.

If you were asked to sum up...

... what it was that made David

such a good journalist...

... what would you say?

First, I suppose it was

his background.

Being British but educated

in America gave him...

...a different perspective.

A kind of detachment.

And then he had

this great talent for observation.

- Going on a holiday?

- Sort of.

- Where do you want to leave the car?

- I don't know.

- Where are you going?

- I haven't made up my mind.

Here's a list of our offices.

Have a look in it.

Yugoslavia. I'll go to Yugoslavia.

- Dubrovnik?

- Yes. Dubrovnik. That's nice.

- How long for?

- For the rest of my life.

Why don't you buy a new car?

Thank you.

Here you are.

- Thank you.

- Thank you.

Mr. Locke.



What the hell

do you think you're doing?

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Mark Peploe

Mark Peploe (born 1943 in Kenya) is a screenwriter and film director. He is the brother of Clare Peploe. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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