Good memory about Dean Reed
I am Ukrainian guy and American citizen since 2004. In spite of some disadvantages I'd say,
"It was good documentary movie". Disadvantages are no option to turn subtitles ON/OFF and no
scene selection feature. (I wanted subtitles because sometimes I do not catch some words.
English is not native language for me.) However I understand that Ohio River Films did not
have a good budget.
I liked listening songs performing by Dean Reed on radio or TV in my late teenager years.
(It was beginning of 80-s. I did live in Kiev, Ukraine.) I listened the information about this
man from different news. I watched movies
"Blood Brothers" and
"Sing, Cowboy, Sing"
made in German Democratic Republic (It is Eastern Germany.) and translated into Russian. In the
United States I rented movie
However this movie, which is "American Rebel", told me much more about him.
"I don't believe the Soviet culture is an enemy to the American people," Dean Reed said. I like
he said, "Soviet" not like ignorant people who say, "Russians." Probably the confusion was the
Russian Federation was a biggest republic of the Soviet Union and sometimes residents of other
Soviet republics were called Russians, which was not correct. (An example is Ukraine was the
Soviet republic but not Russian republic in time of the Soviet Union.) So I liked Dean knew what
he said. I am ex Soviet man and agree that Soviets were not enemies to Americans.
Dean Reed said, "I think all people should have a right to see the culture of other forms,
nationalities and countries and also defend own culture at the time." I think it is important
for average American even now.
I was also impressed when I listened interview about Dean's Reed attitude to religions. We could
understand that Dean was an Atheist. However being an Atheist he did not blaspheme. And also,
he believed in things that all world religions did. (It means a peace, goodness, and cooperation
between nations, ultimate truth, making life better place for men.)
Dean Reed is no longer with us but this movie is a good memory about him.
Although it is not first documentary movie about Dean Reed in the world but this is the first
one created by an American representative. Will Roberts and his assistants from different
countries have done a good job.
Yuri Nemtsev, amazon.com, October 25, 2009
As a university music professor who teaches a class about the history of popular music, I was
rather surprised and intrigued to come upon the story of Dean Reed. I must admit, I had never
heard of him. When I travel I always try to visit local museums, grave sites, etc., that relate
to popular music, and when recently planning to visit Denver, CO, Reed's name began to appear
in my on-line searches. For those who like a good story with lots of twists, Reed's is one to
explore. It's amazing (to me) the kind of career he had. Do the same conditions exist today to
produce another person like Reed? In many ways, he predates artists like Bono, who realize life
is not about taking, but about giving. Very interesting DVD. Get the books, as well!
Mark S. Crawford, amazon.com, August 9, 2008
I have just seen the DVD on Dean Reed "The American Rebel".
It was truly moving, most informative, and brought me to tears several times.
I am trying to get it local television cable access which would bring the message
of Dean Reed to over 200,000 viewers here in part of New York City.
As long as there is enough English on the film, I can try to get the film on public
television and spread the message of one of my new icons, Dean Reed.
For Peace & Socialism,
Dr. Angelo D'Angelo, Director, United States Friends of Soviet People,
affiliate of International Council for Friendship & Solidarity with Soviet People,
March 31, 2008
Being somebody who grew up in the GDR, experienced the reunification of Germany first hand, and
who in 1996 moved to Canada I can tell you that this is a good documentary. Like Dean Reed I can
fortunately draw comparisons between societies. Most of us socialists (yes - that's what we
called ourselves) were very aware of the advantages AND disadvantages living in the GDR brought
upon us. We were no brainwashed dummies. Neither was Dean Reed. And he really did make socialism
a little bit better by singing his songs. Unlike Dean Reed I took my home country for granted and
did not share his passion for our society to the same degree, but up to today I also don't put
it down. I had a good life growing up, and getting "Peace, Friendship and Solidarity" hammered
into my brain has not done me any harm either. Unfortunately the reality of our "socialism" did
not quite live up to its own definition.
I highly respect Dean Reed's idealism and his willingness to fight for others. He had a case
of "GDR nostalgia" when it was not cool like it is today. He deserves to be remembered, if only
for his efforts to bridge cultures.
May Steven Spielberg do him justice.
C. Knos, amazon.com, March 27, 2008
The reason of this messages is that I recently worked with a German crew and the subject
"American Rebel" came up and to my surprise the Germans told me of a new version of the
original documentary in which I worked as a director of photography among many others DP's.
I did a lot of footage in the USA. One of my interviews was the one with
at his house in Los Angeles, Ca. Will Roberts the film director was a classmate from
Ohio University. We both were film students. By accident I learned about the new version,
that has a lot of the original version. You can read my name on the credits.
Juan M. Priego, December 20, 2007
The film reflects the story of an amazing American hero called Dean Reed who travelled the
world singing and promoting world peace. The film is a documentary which talks about his life
and his political journey. Unfortunately he was much more popular outside of the US than inside
and he was often threaten by American reactionary elements who never accepted his left wing views.
A must see for progressive thinkers.
Ottoman, amazon.com, May 19, 2007
This is an accurate picture of Dean Reed's life and life in general behind the "Iron Curtain".
This documentary is kept plain and simple and to the point, no opinionated propaganda, just the
life of an American socialist (not communist - that is two different things) who lived and stood
for and fought for his ideas. Every-day life in (mostly) East Germany is shown through this film.
This is a historical document, that perfectly captured the images of the past, a past that is
also my own past.
CS, amazon.com, February 23, 2007
This documentary film, made in 1985 with its subject's input, is the best introduction to the
life and work of Dean Reed (1938-1986). Reed was an American rock singer/actor who turned Communist
in the early 1960s and found fame throughout the Iron Curtain world in the 1960s-1970s. He sang
a wide range of material (rock, folk & country), acted in South American, Italian and East
German films and TV (eventually directing a few films himself) and was a loyal Red political
activist. A household name throughout the Communist world, he was all but unknown in his home
country. He died under mysterious circumstances in East Berlin in 1986.
This well-made film features interviews with archival performance footage, clips from Reed's
films and TV shows, interviews with Reed's parents, fans and friends (including Phil Everly of
the Everly Brothers), as well as Dean Reed himself. And of course, plenty of Dean Reed music.
Reed deserves to be remembered. If you don't know who Dean Reed was, this is the place to start
Bartleby the Scrivener, amazon.com, February 21, 2007