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The Assassination of Trotsky (1972)

After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with politics, promoting socialism to the world. Stalin has sent out an ... See full summary »

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Joseph Losey

Writer:

Nicholas Mosley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Leon Trotsky
Alain Delon ... Frank Jackson
Romy Schneider ... Gita Samuels
Valentina Cortese ... Natalia Sedowa Trotsky
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Salazar
Luigi Vannucchi Luigi Vannucchi ... Ruiz
Jean Desailly ... Alfred Rosmer
Simone Valère ... Marguerite Rosmer (as Simone Valere)
Duilio Del Prete ... Felipe
Peter Chatel ... Otto
Jack Betts ... Lou (as Hunt Powers)
Michael Forest ... Jim (as Mike Forrest)
Carlos Miranda Carlos Miranda ... Sheldon Harte
Joshua Sinclair ... Sam (as Gianni Loffredo)
Pierangelo Civera Pierangelo Civera ... Pedro
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After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with politics, promoting socialism to the world. Stalin has sent out an assassin, Frank Jackson. Jackson befriends a young communist and gets an invitation to Trotsky's house. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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UK | France | Italy

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El asesinato de Trotsky See more »

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Italy See more »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »

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A character passes a wall with a graffiti-image of Woody Woodpecker. The first appearance of Woody Woodpecker was in the cartoon "Knock Knock" which was released 25th of November 1940, two months after Trotski was assassinated. See more »

Quotes

Leon Trotsky: It's hard living with an old revolutionary. You should have been with us when we stormed the Winter Palace! With Lenin in Moscow in the early days! What happiness to be alive - to be fighting then!
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Alternate Versions

In Spain it wasn't released until August 1977, two years after Francisco Franco's death. It was released only in English with Spanish subtitles. It wasn't dubbed in Castilian Spanish until 1983, when the film was released on VHS. See more »

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10 June 2002 | by ddelamaideSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it came out, in 1972, and it made such an impression on me that I have a clear recollection of it now. I just visited the Trotsky Museum in Mexico City, the house where he was assassinated. He was in fact killed with an ax--there are photos in the museum of the actual murder weapon that is exactly like the one depicted in the film. So the commentator who makes such a big point about it being an ice pick is uninformed. This commentator may also be unaware that Joseph Losey was one of the great British filmmakers of his generation, so it's perfectly natural that he make films in English.

What is good about the film? Richard Burton's ability to convey the charisma of Trotsky, the combination of visionary and pragmatic politician who had the misfortune to be outmaneuvered by two equally powerful men with far fewer scruples, Lenin and Stalin. Alain Delon's portrayal of the ice-cold assassin, motivated not by ideology nor even by money, nor in fact any discernible force other than his own profound emptiness. One of Delon's best roles ever.

The cinematography is extremely powerful. As I say, 30 years later, the images are clear in my mind.

Time to rehabilitate this film, folks. There's a lot of trash out there with higher ratings than this 4.6, so if you've seen it, add your vote. If you haven't, try to see it, and vote what you think it's merit is.


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