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

Excuse me, ma'am,

can you tell me where...?

Do you speak English?

Which way?

Left. Left.

Stop. Stop.


Where you going?

How long does it take

to get to this place?

Oh, 12 hours, more or less.

- What's there? Camp?

- Yes, a sort of military camp.


- How many people?

- They will tell you when we get there.

Do they have arms?

They will tell you that too

when we get there, everything.

No. No.



All right!

I don't care!


Yes, sir.

Come in.

Monsieur, your drink.

- Thank you. Put it on the table.

- Yes, sir.

- There's no soap.

- No, sir.

"No, sir."



- Hello.

- Yes. I want to inquire about flights.

There are only two flights in the week.

The next flight is in three days.

All right.

Come in.

Sorry to barge in like this.

I saw your lights on,

thought you might like a drink.

Oh, yes, come in.

I saw you on the plane.

I'll get some glasses.

My name's Robertson,

David Robertson.

First time I've been

in this part of Africa.

Do you know it well?


I've never been up here before.

I'm a reporter.

My name's Locke.

- Not David Locke?

- Yes.

I've often read your pieces.

I'm very glad to meet you.

Are you down here for a story?

I'm putting some material together.

Pieces of film

for a documentary on Africa.

I'm finished now, thank God,

or almost finished.

What more do you need?

I'd like to make contact

with the guerrillas.

Everybody knows

they're fighting up here now.

They just arrested some farmers.

I suppose you heard about it.


Anyway, I must've taken

a wrong trail.

There aren't very many

around here.

But you're not a journalist as well,

are you?

No, no. I'm here on business.


In a godforsaken place like this.

Well, I've been in so many places

the last few years...

... it doesn't make any

difference anymore.

Beautiful. Don't you think so?

Beautiful? I don't know.

So still.

A kind of...


You seem unusually poetic

for a businessman.

Do I?

Doesn't the desert

have the same affect on you?

No. I prefer men to landscapes.

There are men

who live in the desert.

Any family?

No, no family, no friends.

Just a few commitments,

including a bad heart.

I really shouldn't be drinking.

How about another one?

Why not?

And now what?

I'll continue on

around the world, I expect.

I'm a globetrotter.

I take life as it comes.

I suppose it's different for you,

isn't it?

Yeah, it's different.

Still, you must've been

around quite a bit yourself.

Yes, I suppose so.

How about Umbugbene?

I bet you've never been

to Umbugbene.


Terrible place.

Airports, taxi, hotel.

They're all the same in the end.

I don't agree.

It's us who remain the same.

We translate every situation, every

experience into the same old codes.

We just condition ourselves.

We are creatures of habit,

that what you mean?

Something like that.

I mean, however hard you try...

... it stays so difficult to get away

from your own habits.

Even the way we talk

to these people...

... the way we treat them,

it's mistaken.

I mean, how do you get

their confidence? Do you know?

Well, it's like this, Mr. Locke...

... you work with words,

images, fragile things.

I come with merchandise,

concrete things.

They understand me straightaway.

Yes. Maybe.

So where are you going to next?

London, I think,

then Munich perhaps.

No real reason, just thought I'd

check up on some of the old places.

Haven't been in London

for three years now.

Yes, sir?

There's a gentleman in number 11.

He's dead.

- Mr. Locke?

- Robertson.

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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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