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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.

Writers:

Mark Peploe (original story), Mark Peploe (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish | German | French

Release Date:

9 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beruf: Reporter See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,157, 30 October 2005

Gross USA:

$620,155

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$768,744
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The execution of a prisoner in this film is not staged. It consists of real footage of an execution. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
David Locke: Do you speak English?
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Alternate Versions

A whole seven minutes were added to the 2005-2006 re-release version, including a brief shot of a nude Maria Schneider in bed with Jack Nicholson in the Spanish hotel. See more »

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Early Nicholson unheralded classic
10 April 2012 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

An excellent movie, with a young Jack Nicholson in the leading role, this is a story about a reporter who switches identities with a gun runner. It is a fascinating plot with many twists and turns but most of all, the cinematography is unsurpassed. It is shot in London, Germany and Northern Africa and is a joy to watch, evoking images from Lawrence of Arabia. I knew the director, Michelangel Antonioni, from film classics such as Blow -Up and Zabriskie Point, which attracted attention from 1960's cinema critics for interpreting the social scene of that period. The movie has minimal dialogue but is crafted scene by scene with great artistry. It is a movie that I can enjoy again quite easily.


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