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Parallax View: Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View, a superb conspiracy thriller about one man's paranoia that turns out to be total, incredible fact, ranks among the best movies of its kind. Warren Beatty is a news reporter who, aong with seven others, witnesses the assassination of a political candidate. When the other seven die in "accidents", the newsman begins to doubt the offiical position: that the lone madman was responsible for the crime. He imagines a sophisticated network of highly trained murderers. But his nightmares pale against the bizarre truth he uncovers.
Reds (2 Discs): The story of the love affair between early 20th century activists Loise Bryant and John Reed. Beatty's award winning epic mixes drama and interviews with major social radicals of the period. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous start of the twentieth century, the two journalists' on-again-off-again romance is punctuated by the outbreak of WWI and the Bolshevik Revolution. Louise's assignment in France at the outbreak of the war puts an end to their affair. John Reed's subsequent trip to Russia, and his involvement with the communist party, rekindles their relationship. When Louise arrives in Petrograd, she finds herself swept up in the euphoria of the Revolution. Reed, however, eventually becomes disillusioned with communism when he sees his words and intentions augmented and controlled by the growing Soviet propaganda machine.
Heaven Can Wait: a romantic fantasy about Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), a Los Angeles Rams quarterback who is accidentally summoned to Heaven by an overly zealous celestial escort. Pendleton is returned to earth in the body of another man, who is a corporate giant. While practising to once again play for the Rams, Pendleton must escape attempts on his life while romantically pursuing a beautiful English woman (Julie Christie) who protests the destruction caused to her village by one of his many corporations...