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- Audio Commentary with Jack Nicholson
- Audio Commentary with Journalist Aurora Irvine & Screenwriter Mark Peploe
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai & Chinese
- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Audio - Close Captioning
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Jack Nicholson & Maria Schneider|
|Performer:||Ian Hendry, Jenny Runacre & Maria Schneider|
|Directed by||Michelangelo Antonioni|
"...Primarily a superior suspense melodrama....Antonioni's most entertaining film..."
"[F]ew filmmakers have revealed so much beauty inside a film frame."
"[I]t retains a singular intrigue: It's the first, and probably the last, thriller ever made about depression." -- Grade: A-
"The underlying theme -- the alienated intellectual's attempt to find an authentic place in the world -- dates back to his work in the 1950's."
4 stars out of 4 -- "Beautifully shot throughout Europe and North Africa, it's a movie of quiet surfaces that's nevertheless packed with brilliant observations, provocations and emotions. A masterpiece."
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film climaxes with a stunning seven-minute single take, which unites the story's multiple strands while preserving the lead players' mystique."
Description by OLDIES.com:
When a fellow traveler dies suddenly, burned-out journalist David Locke (Jack Nicholson) assumes his identity. Using the dead man's datebook as a guide, Locke travels throughout Europe and Africa, taking meetings with dangerous gun runners and falling for a beguiling young woman (Marie Schneider). But his exciting newfound freedom carries a fateful price as Locke realizes he is in over his head.
Featuring a tour-de-force performance by Nicholson, The Passenger won the Bodil Award in 1976 for Best European Film and was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. Newly remastered, this classic is now released on DVD for the first time.
Antonio's gorgeous, haunting film incorporates elements of a traditional Hollywood thriller, only to leave them behind in search of something deeper. The result is an unsettling and daring work that casts a truly hypnotic spell. Nicholson's surprisingly downplayed performance is perfect for the role, as is Schneider's timid, beautiful presence. Featuring one of the most unforgettable closing shots in movie history, THE PASSENGER is a must-see for anyone with a serious interest in film history.
This film screened as part of Lincoln Center's 2005 New York Film Festival.
- Theatrical Release: OCTOBER 28, 2005 (LIMITED)
- Shot in Spain, Germany, North Africa and UK in Metrocolor, English dialogue.
- Michelangelo Antonioni was given an Honorary Academy Award at the March 27, 1995 ceremonies. The award was presented to him by Jack Nicholson.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 54 ratings.
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