The Passenger

  • 1975
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

In this visually stunning adventure David Locke (Jack Nicholson) is a reporter sent to northern Africa on a mission to interview a band of guerrillas. After a battle with a Jeep that refuses to travel through sand, Locke winds up in a blisteringly hot, rundown hotel. There he is confused with another hotel guest, Robertson (Chuck Mulvehill), to whom he...read more

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In this visually stunning adventure David Locke (Jack Nicholson) is a reporter sent to northern Africa on a mission to interview a band of guerrillas. After a battle with a Jeep that refuses to travel through sand, Locke winds up in a blisteringly hot, rundown hotel. There he is confused

with another hotel guest, Robertson (Chuck Mulvehill), to whom he bears a striking resemblance. When he discovers Robertson dead in his room, Locke is presented with a perfect opportunity to escape his hell of a life. He switches passport photos and personal belongings and places the corpse in his

own room. Looking through "his" daily planner, he finds a number of women's names and various appointments. Curious, he decides to keep a rendezvous and discovers that Robertson was a gun runner who supplied foreign governments with plans and documents. In the meantime he meets an enigmatic young

woman (Maria Schneider) to whom he is magnetically drawn, causing him to ignore and avoid the efforts of his wife and best friend to locate him. THE PASSENGER could probably be analyzed until the end of time, each viewing uncovering a different path to understanding the film as a whole. What is

more interesting than the "whys" and "hows" of the plot however, are the "where" and "when." Locke and the girl are very much a part of their environment, whether it's the sandy wastelands of northern Africa or the exquisitely organic Gaudi architecture of Barcelona. The girl has no history--she

just is--a state of being to which Locke also aspires.

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  • Released: 1975
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: In this visually stunning adventure David Locke (Jack Nicholson) is a reporter sent to northern Africa on a mission to interview a band of guerrillas. After a battle with a Jeep that refuses to travel through sand, Locke winds up in a blisteringly hot, run… (more)

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