Reds is a 1981 American epic historical drama film, co-written, produced, and directed by Warren Beatty, about the life and career of John Reed, the journalist and writer who chronicled the October Revolution in Russia in his 1919 book Ten Days That Shook the World. Beatty stars in the lead role alongside Diane Keaton as Louise Bryant and Jack Nicholson as Eugene O'Neill.


In 1915, married journalist and suffragist Louise Bryant encounters the radical journalist John Reed for the first time at a lecture in Portland, Oregon, and is intrigued with his idealism. After meeting him for an interview on international politics that lasts an entire night, she realizes that writing has been her only escape from her frustrated existence. Inspired to leave her husband, Bryant joins Reed in Greenwich Village, New York City, and becomes acquainted with the local community of activists and artists, including anarchist and author Emma Goldman and the playwright Eugene O'Neill.


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    award Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Golden Globe Award for Best Director National Board of Review Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Finland
    director Warren Beatty
    editor Craig McKay Dede Allen
    genre drama historical political
    keywords 1916 democratic national convention across the border bolshevik comintern communist labor party of america communist party disillusion emma goldman eugene o\'neill events of the 1917 revolution expel first time greenwich village industrial workers of the world john reed labor party labor strike learn left wing section left wing section of the socialist party louise bryant married meet new york city obsess overman committee petrograd portland oregon propagandist provincetown massachusetts russian revolution sedition seditious conspiracy socialist party of america st. louis ten days that shook the world train station travel typhus war correspondent white army write
    musicBy Stephen Sondheim
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Sound Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay
    producer Warren Beatty
    productionCompany Barclays Mercantile Industrial Finance JRS Productions
    publisher Paramount Pictures
    recordedAt Finland
    theme biographical drama epic propaganda