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The Passenger (1975)

Professione: reporter (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 9 April 1975 (USA)
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A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of coopting the identity of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

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Mark Peploe (original story), Mark Peploe (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Jack Nicholson ... Locke
Maria Schneider ... Girl
Jenny Runacre ... Rachel
Ian Hendry ... Knight
Steven Berkoff ... Stephen
Ambroise Bia Ambroise Bia ... Achebe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Mulvehill Charles Mulvehill ... Robertson (as Chuck Mulvehill)
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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. Written by MuzikJunky

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I used to be somebody else...but I traded him in.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Italy | France | Spain

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English | Spanish | German | French

Release Date:

9 April 1975 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,157, 30 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$620,155

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$833,557
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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
David Locke: Do you speak English?
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Michelangelo Antonioni's first cut of the film was four hours long. He then reduced it to two hours twenty minutes before further cutting it down to two hours following pressure from MGM. See more »

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A haunting and unique film from Antonioni
10 May 1999 | by David-117See all my reviews

One of Jack Nicholson's best but also least known films, `The Passenger' or `Professione: Reporter' is a haunting examination of the desire to escape and start afresh and is without doubt Antonioni's best English language film, eclipsing both `Blowup' and `Zabriskie Point'. Nicholson's role as a world-weary television journalist (David Locke) isn't a particularly demanding one but it is fascinating to see him give a performance so different from anything else we have seen from him and one which is much better than the horny little devil efforts he has sadly specialised in since `One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'.

Some may find the opening twenty minutes of the film, where there is virtually no dialogue, hard-going but this perfectly illustrates the sparse and confusing environment of the North African desert where the film begins. We are also treated to a marvellous scene between Locke and the man whose identity he later assumes where a tape recording and flashback are ingeniously merged into one and then separated again. Antonioni creates a mood that is almost indefinable throughout, a kind of hollow detachment which is exactly the perspective that Locke has on the world which has gradually worn him down yet the director still manages to conjure up power and simple romance between Locke and the girl he meets who is played by Maria Schneider. The film was not a hit at the box-office which is not surprising considering it's uncommercial style but artistically and cinematically it is a triumph of innovation.


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