The Passenger

The Passenger

DVD - 2006
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A reporter assumes the identity of a dead man and must deal with the consequences.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2006]
ISBN: 9781404998148
1404998144
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Maoisdead
Oct 16, 2017

Boasting a great performance from Nicholson, Antonioni's third English-speaking film, arguably his last great work.

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jimg2000
Jan 23, 2017

The film was immediately arresting and soon led viewers through the protagonist's hopeless quest to free himself from an unrewarding life. After trying wearisomely his best to escape from his past, he resigned to the fact that he was what he was and he had become what he had become, that the continuity of life goes on with or without him. The final sequence was pretty clever with room for afterthoughts. An involving story with beautiful locations of bygone 1970's images of Chad and Barcelona tourist spots. Last, on the film title, author Leonard Elmore said it best (see "Summary":) 'Poor guy, a passenger all the way. Not knowing when to get off.'

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TheeAvebury
Dec 18, 2016

One of Antonioni's best- and Jack Nicholsen's as well ( Nicholsen names the film as probably the best film he's made in his career in the commentary ).

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COURIER3
Dec 21, 2015

What a bummer. Only good thing about this debacle was the Barcelona scenery. Surprised Jack would put his name on this one. A slow boring story. I think some of the patron reviews are bogus!!!!!!!

Marinetti Nov 18, 2015

What an amazingly beautiful and profound film.

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JackPurcell
Oct 05, 2015

Reminds the watcher how great Antonioni was and Nicholson helps.

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dave66
Jul 30, 2013

I am a huge Nicholson fan, especially of his work in the 70s, and do not mind slow independent art films, but I do like a bit of dialogue. This was one of the slowest films I have ever seen. Interesting concept, but really needs some more dialogue and plot development.

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malibu77
Jun 25, 2013

Jack Nicholson at his best! #.5 out of 5 stars.

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jimg2000
Jan 23, 2017

I bet you've never been to Umbugbene.
-No.
Terrible place. Airports, taxi, hotel. They're all the same in the end.
-I don't agree. It's us who remain the same. We translate every situation, every experience into the same old codes. We just condition ourselves.
We are creatures of habit, that what you mean?
-Something like that. I mean, however hard you try... it stays so difficult to get away from your own habits. Even the way we talk to these people... the way we treat them, it's mistaken.
I mean, how do you get their confidence? Do you know?
-Well, it's like this, Mr. Locke... you work with words, images, fragile things. I come with merchandise,
concrete things. They understand me straightaway.
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Who are you?
-I used to be someone else, but I traded him in. Uh, what about you?
I'm in Barcelona. I'm talking with someone who is somebody else.
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People disappear every day.
-Every time they leave the room.

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jimg2000
Jan 23, 2017

What kind of impression do you think you make... when you first come into a room?
-They look at me. Just think I'm all right. Nothing mysterious. You learn much more packing someone's things.
Yeah, it's like listening in on a private phone conversation.
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I've run out of everything. My wife. The house. An adopted child. A successful job. Everything except a few bad habits I couldn't get rid of.
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- Now I think I'm going to be a waiter in Gibraltar.
Too obvious.
- Maybe a novelist in Cairo.
Too romantic.
- How about a gunrunner?
Too unlikely.
- As a matter of fact, I think I am one.
Then it depends on which side you're on.

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jimg2000
Jan 23, 2017

You can't be like that, just escaping. So keep the appointment.
-No one will be there, like the other places.
But Robertson made these appointments. He believed in something. That's what you wanted, didn't you?
-But he's dead.
But you're not.
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Mr. Locke... there are perfectly satisfactory answers to all your questions. But I don't think you understand how little you can learn from them. Your question... are much more revealing about yourself... than my answer would be about me. I meant them quite sincerely. Mr. Locke, we can have a conversation... but only if it's not just what you think is sincere... but also what I believe to be honest.

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jimg2000
Jan 23, 2017

Is this David Robertson? Do you recognize him?
-I never knew him.
Do you recognize him?
--Yes.
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I know a man who was blind. When he was nearly 40 years old he had an operation... and regained his sight.
-How was it like?
At first he was elated... really high. Faces... colors... landscapes. But then everything began to change.
The world was much poorer than he imagined. No one had ever told him how much dirt there was. How much ugliness. He noticed ugliness everywhere. When he was blind... he used to cross the street alone
with a stick. After he regained his sight... he became afraid. He began to live in darkness. He never left his room. After three years he killed himself.

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jimg2000
Jan 23, 2017

Author Elmore made an excellent review inside his novel "Killshot 1989:"
***SPOILER ALERT***
... thought of Jack Nicholson about to take a shower telling the black guy who worked in the hotel there wasn’t any soap and the black guy saying yes, or that was true. It was the Jack Nicholson movie that starts out in North Africa, in the hotel in a desert village, bugs on the wall, where Nicholson switches identities with the man in the next room who dies of a heart attack. Carmen remembered the name of the movie now, it was The Passenger. Nicholson, what he’s doing in the movie, is running away from his own life. He steps into the dead man’s life and lets it take him on a trip to different places, England, Germany, Spain, where he meets the girl in Barcelona and it’s fascinating, sort of dreamlike, not knowing what’s going to happen next, Carmen thinking that if it’s fascinating to watch it would be fascinating to do it, become someone else, at least for a while. But something funny is happening in this movie. Nicholson remembers seeing the girl in London, before, yet doesn’t think it’s strange when she shows up in Barcelona. He doesn’t even mention it till much later. He knows, with his new identity, he’s in a dangerous business and there are men after him. But he doesn’t seem to care, he’s only concerned with escaping his past. So he lets his new life happen. He lets it carry him along as a passenger to the end and the end is fascinating. At least it was fascinating to watch, the way it was filmed, not like any other movie Carmen had ever seen, it was so real in a way that she could feel what was happening without actually seeing it. Even now she could feel sorry for Nicholson. Poor guy, a passenger all the way. Not knowing when to get off.

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COURIER3
Nov 15, 2015

jack nicholson 2006

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