Passenger

Passenger

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre

     
 

The mutual admiration between actor Jack Nicholson and director Michelangelo Antonioni resulted in the psychological drama The Passenger. Nicholson plays David Locke, a disillusioned American reporter who is sent on a grueling mission to North Africa. When he stumbles across the body of a dead man, Locke, long desirous of starting life over again, assumes theSee more details below

Overview

The mutual admiration between actor Jack Nicholson and director Michelangelo Antonioni resulted in the psychological drama The Passenger. Nicholson plays David Locke, a disillusioned American reporter who is sent on a grueling mission to North Africa. When he stumbles across the body of a dead man, Locke, long desirous of starting life over again, assumes the corpse's identity. He soon discovers that the man he's pretending to be is involved in gun running on behalf of a terrorist group. Making the acquaintance of a mysterious woman (Maria Schneider), he finds a kindred spirit -- a woman as "lost" as he.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Wheeler Winston Dixon
The Passenger is a late Antonioni film, made only about a decade after his most influential works had been completed. After the success of Blow-Up (1966), Antonioni was free to write his own ticket, but the result was the disastrous Zabriskie Point (1970), which despite some interesting sequences (particularly the last reel, depicting a sprawling ranch house in the desert exploding repeatedly in slow motion, to the soundtrack of Pink Floyd's "Be Careful with That Ax, Eugene") was a commercial and critical failure that made financing difficult to come by for the director's next project. Combining forces with Jack Nicholson as his lead actor, Antonioni made The Passenger as his first resolutely commercial project, and the results are decidedly mixed. Never comfortable working in English (the best sequences of Blow-Up are conspicuously wordless), Antonioni's tale of jaded television reporter David Locke (Nicholson), who swaps identities with a dead man he comes across in a hotel in Africa while on assignment, plays out like a rather listless remake of one of the director's 1960s classics, in which Alain Delon or Marcello Mastroianni took on the role of one of Antonioni's typically disaffected, seemingly doomed protagonists. The last shot of the film is an extraordinary technical tour de force, but it can't disguise the essential emptiness of the project, which leans much too heavily on Nicholson's screen presence to get its message across. One is never convinced that Nicholson's character is as bored with life as Antonioni would like us to believe; Nicholson's screen persona is simply too resourceful to allow himself to spiritually disintegrate. Revered by many as one of Antonioni's last great films, The Passenger finally seems like a shadow of his past work in film, lacking the necessary commitment to the material that made his earlier works so austere and stunningly original.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
UPC:
0043396126541
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
13,925

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with Jack Nicholson; Audio commentary with journalist Aurora Irvine and screenwriter Mark Peploe

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson David Locke
Maria Schneider Girl
Jenny Runacre Rachel Locke
Ian Hendry Martin Knight
Ambrose Bia Achebe
Jean-Baptiste Tiemele Murderer
Jose Maria Caffarel Hotel Keeper
James Campbell Witch Doctor
Manfred Spies German Stranger
Angel del Pozo Police inspector
Chuck Mulvehill Robertson
Steven Berkoff Stephen

Technical Credits
Michelangelo Antonioni Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Franco Arcalli Editor
Osvaldo Desideri Set Decoration/Design
Franco Freda Makeup
Mark Peploe Screenwriter
Piero Poletto Art Director
Carlo Ponti Producer
Louise Stjernsward Costumes/Costume Designer
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer
Peter Wollen Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Passenger
1. Start [3:19]
2. The Journey Begins [3:09]
3. Trekking in the Desert [3:27]
4. Spinning Wheels [2:01]
5. A Dead Robertson [5:01]
6. Switching Identities [9:38]
7. "He's Dead" [2:15]
8. London Arrival [5:27]
9. Munich Box 58 [2:33]
10. Church Wedding [2:45]
11. Exchange of Papers [4:14]
12. First Installment [2:33]
13. Interview Footage [4:03]
14. Cafe No-Show [5:22]
15. Military Execution [1:39]
16. A Lead on Robertson [2:53]
17. Hiding in Barcelona [4:52]
18. Asking for Help [7:04]
19. On the Road [5:01]
20. Locke's Belongings [12:13]
21. "Which Me?" [3:46]
22. White Car & Madrid Plates [4:22]
23. Colliding Worlds [3:38]
24. Parting Ways... for Now [5:21]
25. Final No-Show [1:43]
26. "What Can You See?" [6:17]
27. A View From the Outside [2:58]
28. End of the Journey [8:01]

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