The Revolutionary (1969)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Actor Jon Voight and director Paul Williams, who'd previously collaborated on the campus-angst comedy Out of It (69), were reunited for The Revolutionary. Hans Konigsberger adapted his novel for this filmization of the life of a contemporary revolutionary (Jon Voight), known only as "A." He begins his activities on a small scale, handing out leaflets at his university, then becomes involved with a radical organization along with like-minded Robert Duvall, Seymour Cassel, Collin Wilcox-Horne and Jennifer Salt. Groomed as a political assassin, Voight permits himself to be drafted, then while still in uniform stalks his target, an anti-labor jurist. Surprisingly easygoing in its chronicle of an idealist turning killer, The Revolutionary was shot in London, but avoids identification with any specific city or country--and, refreshingly, refuses to take sides.



assassination, ideals, labor-issues, Leftist, revolution