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REDS Reds the historical epic written produced and directed by Warren Beatty follows the life of John Reed as it intertwines with Louise Bryant the Russian Revolution and other historical characters Featuring Warren Beatty as John Reed and Diane Keaton as Louise Bryant Also including Jack Nicholson as Eugene ONeil and Maureen Stapleton as Emma Goldman It was nominated for twelve Academy Awards including Best Picture Best Actor Best Actress Best Original Screenplay and more The movie only won three awards however Best Director Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actress The movie begins in 1917 in Portland where Bryant and Reed meet Almost immediately the scene changes to New York as Bryant moves to live with Reed there They begin a love affair but Bryant never really fits in or makes friends of her own They are both journalists and Reed is actively involved with communism He is so involved with his work that he did not spend enough time with Bryant to make her feel loved Eventually while Reed is away Bryant begins a love affair with a friend great American playwright Eugene ONeil This lasts through Reeds absence but when he returns he proposes to her and they get married ONeil discovers the marriage and is extremely angry with Bryant They do not leave on good terms Eventually Reed discovers the romance that happened between ONeil and Bryant and they separate Meanwhile they both continue their work On the brink of the Russian Revolution Reed decides to go to Russia and cover the story He invites Bryant to go with him They go there and remain for many months taking notes on the Russian Revolution They return to the US and decide to give their marriage another chance while they write their separate books dealing with the revolution Eventually he needs to return to Russia to try and get endorsement for an American Communist Party When he is done there
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