The Passenger

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1975

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Director:
Michelangelo Antonioni
Released:
1975
Rating:
PG-13
The Passenger is a 1975 dramatic romance mystery directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. In the film, David Locke (Jack Nicholson) is a television reporter on assignment in Africa as a war correspondent. Soon after arriving, Locke becomes frustrated with the assignment. The weather is terrible, the country is filthy and he cannot locate the war he is supposed to be covering. When exhaustion and frustration become too much, David returns to his hotel. When he arrives he finds an unexpected surprise in the occupied room next to him. David had met the man earlier in the day and suspected he was into shady business. His suspicions prove correct when the man ends up dead. David knows he should do something, tell somebody about the man's death, but instead he sees this man's untimely demise as his opportunity to start his life over. Will David report the dead arms dealer, or will he take the chance to disappear?

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  • 90

    The New York Times 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 ...

  • 90

    Variety

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

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    A fascinating reflection of the era when it was made; but a starker indictment still of what film culture has become. In 1975, The Passenger was a night at the movies.

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