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487 Ratings


Directed by Warren Beatty
United States, 1981
Drama, Biography


Political drama about the stormy romantic partnership of journalist-revolutionary Jack Reed, author of “Ten Days That Shook the World,” and writer-artist Louise Bryant, set against the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution.

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Reds Directed by Warren Beatty

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1982 | 3 wins including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1982 | 9 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1981 | 4 wins including: Best Film

BAFTA Awards

1983 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

1983 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor

What are people saying?

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Reds

    An amazing political drama about communism and the Russian Revolution made by Warren Beatty. My respect for the man has gone considerably up after watching this film! What balls it must have taken to pull this off, let alone think about doing it in the first place! I think John Reed, if he were alive to see the film, would find it to be, say, quite proletarian. A great Hollywood epic and an honorable and heroic film

  • T. J. Harman's rating of the film Reds

    Beatty's best outing as a director though not his best performance (Keaton and Nicholson steal the film). I can't believe this was made in the Reagan 80s. The use of the interviews with the "witnesses" was very well done (nice to see Henry Miller in there too).

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Reds

    Some great scenes and some good performances but it mostly felt like a bad history lesson. Way too long for its own good.

  • ihor's rating of the film Reds

    Perhaps I'm just too much of a history buff, but I think this is one of the greatest epics in cinema. The rise and fall of the American Left, the Bolshevik revolution and a romance are all woven together. Interviews from those actually alive in the era are interlaced with fictional scenes that complement the narrative. The power, and also limitations, of grand ideas are eloquently explored.

  • Edward Copeland's rating of the film Reds

    Possibly the biggest reversal in my moviegoing life, but that's what happens when you see a 3 hour film on the Russian Revolution when you are 12 and get bored silly. When you revisit it 25 years later, you realize what a masterpiece it truly is.

  • jewelsofglory's rating of the film Reds

    Marvellous, marvellous, marvellous!!! A biographical masterpiece that is a love letter to Bolshevism. Diane and Warren have a perfect chemistry on screen and the political deliveries were superb. I cannot recommend this film enough. Even still, it's 'Americaness' made it very entertaining.

  • Mtume Gant's rating of the film Reds

    First hour of this film is kinda not mostly needed. It feels like Beatty felt like needed a way to soften up this story of socialism palatable for the American liberal public. So he leans on the love story. Nicholson is odd as Oniel but Stapleton is spot on as the unsung legend Emma Goldman (though the lack of her anarchist framing was troubling), frankly I wish the film was about her, SHE understood.

  • Vinod Narayan's rating of the film Reds

    Reds is a 1981 Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton classic that is based on the life and Career of the Journalist Jack Reed who covered the Russian Revolution first hand in his book “Ten Days that shook the world” basing in Russia... The movie also stars jack Nicholson as the nobel laureate playwright Eugene O’ Neill.... If you love movies based on real life this is one that you don’t want to miss....

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