Professione: reporter (The Passenger)
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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… More

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"Earlier Antonioni films have often seemed studied, but not this one. Its details are easy and apropos."
‑ Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker
"The Passenger is a marvel of quiet insight in many ways, not least of which is the chance to view Jack Nicholson before he became JACK NICHOLSON."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Boasting a great performance from Nicholson, Antonioni's third English-speaking film, arguably his last great work."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Sure, it's obstinately slow, but what an eye this man has. Every frame is fascinating."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"A classic of a difficult and alienating kind, but one that really does shimmer in the mind like a remembered dream."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"What in different hands would have been a bombastic psychological thriller becomes a stark study of existential alienation."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"A creator of lonely worlds, Mr. Antonioni painted one of his most vivid portraits of isolation with The Passenger."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A bleak and moving drama with reflective performance from Jack Nicolson"
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Visually inventive film."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"As usual, Antonioni's pace is langorous, but The Passenger is never less than compelling."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The best of Antonioni's three English-language pictures."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"In The Passenger, Jack Nicholson gives one of his finest performances as television journalist David Locke."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"What is more interesting than the 'whys' and 'hows' of the plot however, are the 'where' and 'when.'"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Passenger has more than its share of virtues...that still retain their power after nearly 30 years."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"Thanks to Luciano Tovoli's magnificent cinematography of the African desert and the arid Spanish countryside, we gain a potent sense of Locke's internal emptiness."
‑ Tom Dawson,
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