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The Passenger(Professione: reporter)

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Italy, Spain, France · 1975
Rated PG-13 · 2h 6m
Director Michelangelo Antonioni
Starring Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry
Genre Thriller, Drama

Sent to cover a story in Africa, American journalist David Locke makes little progress. Upon discovering the body of a man who looks like him, a frustrated David takes on his identity. As it becomes clear that the dead man had a complicated past, David must avoid both the authorities and criminals that are looking for him.

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Nicholson plays the character with personal flair, as penetrating as Antonioni's handling of the film. (Review of Original Release)


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

In casting Jack Nicholson as the jaded Anglo-American journalist who abandons his previous life during a trip to Africa and adopts a dangerous new identity, Antonioni was working with a more powerful and charismatic actor than he has before or since. The result is something like a glamorous thriller or a disaster film in slow motion.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

The Passenger is a relic of that moment in international co-production when famous European auteurs hitched their wagons to hip and eager Hollywood stars.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

The Passenger isn't finally the masterpiece some have made it out to be, but it retains a singular intrigue: It's the first, and probably the last, thriller ever made about depression.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Intended as a thriller of sorts, although Antonioni is, as always, too deeply involved in the angst of his characters to bother much with the story. (Review of Original Release)


The New York Times by Vincent Canby

No other performer (Jack Nicholson) in an Antonioni film, except Jeanne Moreau in "La Notte," has so gracefully submitted to Mr. Antonioni and survived intact. (Review of Original Release)

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