The Passenger Blu-ray Review – Enthralling Jack Nicholson 70’s Drama?

It’s time for The Passenger blu-ray review. This 1975 Jack Nicholson drama film arrived on blu-ray at the end of 2019 released be Powerhouse Films. I’ll admit I’d never seen it but being a fan of Jack Nicholson I was looking forward to finding out what it was all about. The question is did I?

  • The Passenger (1975)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
  • UK Rating 12
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Powerhouse Films
  • Blu-ray Released: 9 December 2019


David Locke a television journalist is out in Africa making a documentary. He befriends David Robertson, a man staying at the same hotel. Unfortunately Robertson suffers heart attack and dies. Locke discovers him and decides to switch places. He assumes David Robertson’s life as a gunrunner leaving friends and family to believe he is one that died.

Style / Direction

The film was directed by Michelangelo Antonioni whilst Luciano Tovoli took on the role of director of photography. Let’s get one thing straight this is very much an arts film aimed squarely at the critics. I really doubt the average movie goer would really take an awful lot from this film. The director seems to be trying to convey lots of depth and meaning to what in essence is a dull story.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is provided by Ivan Vandor.

Acting / Characters

Jack Nicholson plays David Locke television journalist that decides to change his identity.


  • Jack Nicholson as David Locke
  • Maria Schneider as The Girl
  • Steven Berkoff as Stephen
  • Ian Hendry as Martin Knight
  • Jenny Runacre as Rachel Locke
  • Ambroise Bia as Achebe
  • Charles Mulvehill as David Robertson
  • José María Caffarel as Hotel Keeper
  • James Campbell as Witch Doctor
  • Manfred Spies as German Stranger
  • Jean-Baptiste Tiemele as Murderer
  • Ángel del Pozo as Police inspector

Conclusion: The Passenger (1975) Film Review

If you read my synopsis of the film you might think this is going to be an exciting thriller. However the best it gets is a little intriguing before returning to a dull go nowhere story that certain film critics will no doubt love.

To be honest I’d give this one a miss!

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Conclusion: The Passenger (1975) Blu-ray Review

The film may not be very interesting but this another excellent Powerhouse Films blu-ray release. The picture quality is very good and the extras included are vast.


  • Audio Commentary with Jack Nicholson, Mark Peploe & Adrian Martin
  • Profession Reporter (5 mins)
  • Antonioni On Cinema (5 mins)
  • The Final Sequence (13 mins)
  • Jenny Runacre Interview (14 mins)
  • Steven Berkoff Interview (10 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Popcorn Cinema Rating: The Passenger (1975)




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The Passenger (1975) Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip not representative of the blu-ray version

That concludes The Passenger blu-ray review. Not my most enjoyable couple of hours if I’m be honest. Still I’m aiming to review more movies very soon. What’s next? Check back soon…

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Summary: The Passenger (1975) Blu-ray Review
The Passenger blu-ray review

Movie title: The Passenger (1975)

Movie description: Jack Nicholson 1975 drama, The Passenger released on blu-ray by Powerhouse Films

Duration: 126 mins

Director(s): Michelangelo Antonioni

Actor(s): Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Steven Berkoff, Ian Hendry, Jenny Runacre

Genre: Drama

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Excellent Powerhouse Films blu-ray release let down only be the film’s boring story


  • Excellent Blu-ray Release
  • Jack Nicholson


  • Boring Story