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David Fletcher posts a message on 2/16/2005 10:00:38 PM Reds is a good if lengthy film with great performances by Beatty, Keaton, Nicholson, Stapleton, Hackman, Sorvino, etc. It is serious drama with occasional scenery changes to NYC, Russia, France, or Finland but lacks the stunning visual backdrops that carry long dramatic films along (Lawrence of Arabia, Gandhi, Dr. Zhivago, The Last Emperor, etc.). Beatty who directed, produced and starred in Reds took liberties with the story of John Reed. Reed, a Harvard educated writer and champion of the oppressed worker was so well thought of for his efforts to assist the Bolshevik cause that when he died in Russia at age 33 of Typhus he was buried at the Kremlin.

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