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Reds ★★★ 1981 (PG)

The re-creation of the life of author John Reed (“Ten Days that Shook the World”), his romance with Louise Bryant, his efforts to start an American Communist party, and his reporting of the Russian Revolution. A sweeping, melancholy epic using dozens of “witnesses” who reminisce about what they saw. See director Sergei Eisenstein's silent masterpiece “Ten Days that Shook the World,” based on Reed's book, for the Russian view of some of the events depicted in Beatty's film. 195m/C VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD . Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Edward Herrmann, Maureen Stapleton, Gene Hackman, Jerzy Kosinski, George Plimpton, Paul Sorvino, William Daniels, M. Emmet Walsh, Dolph Sweet, Josef Sommer; D: Warren Beatty; W: Warren Beatty; C: Vittorio Storaro; M: Dave Grusin, Stephen Sondheim. Oscars '81: Cinemaog., Director (Beatty), Support. Actress (Stapleton); British Acad. '82: Support. Actor (Nicholson), Support. Actress (Stapleton); Directors Guild '81: Director (Beatty); Golden Globes '82: Director (Beatty); L.A. Film Critics '81: Cinematog., Director (Beatty), Support. Actress (Stapleton); Natl. Bd. of Review '81: Director (Beatty), Support. Actor (Nicholson); N.Y. Film Critics '81: Film; Natl. Soc. Film Critics '81: Support. Actress (Stapleton); Writers Guild '81: Orig. Screenplay.