The Assassination of Trotsky

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The Assassination of Trotsky
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Directed by Joseph Losey
Produced by Norman Priggen
Written by Nicholas Mosley
Starring Richard Burton
Alain Delon
Romy Schneider
Valentina Cortese
Jean Desailly
Music by Egisto Macchi
Cinematography Pasqualino De Santis
Edited by Reginald Beck
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Compagnia Internazionale Alessandra Cinematografica
Distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Release date(s) 20 April 1972
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $2,500,000

The Assassination of Trotsky is a 1972 British film directed by Joseph Losey with a screenplay by Nicholas Mosley. It starred Richard Burton as Leon Trotsky, as well as Romy Schneider and Alain Delon. Years later, The Assassination of Trotsky was included as one of the choices in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.[citation needed]


Exiled from the Soviet Union in 1929, Leon Trotsky travels from Turkey to France to Norway, before arriving in Mexico in January 1937. The film begins in Mexico City in 1940, during a May Day celebration. Trotsky has not escaped the attention of the Soviet ruler of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, who sends out an assassin named Frank Jacson. The killer decides to infiltrate Trotsky's house by befriending one of the young communists in Trotsky's circle.


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