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1984 (1956)

 |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  September 1956 (USA)
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George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

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R. Parsons (as Donald Pleasance)
Carol Wolveridge ...
Ernest Clark ...
Outer Party Announcer
Patrick Allen ...
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Ronan O'Casey ...
Michael Ripper ...
Outer Party Orator
Ewen Solon ...
Outer Party Orator
Kenneth Griffith ...
Prisoner (as Kenneth Griffiths)
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In a futuristic, state-run society controlled by "Big Brother" in which love is outlawed, employee of the state Winston Smith falls for Julia, and is tortured and brainwashed for his crime. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Donald Pleasence also appeared in the 1954 television version, playing the character of Syme which in the film is amalgamated with that of Parsons. See more »

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Symphony No.5: Second Movement
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Interesting, just not very good!
22 September 2002 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

First things first, i am amazed at how bad the casting was on this film! Ed O'Brien is not the slimmest and just isn't Winston Smith. Donald Pleasance was terrific as Symes in the 1954 BBC version, here he plays Parsons and he doesn't suit the role at all. Strangely the Inner Party member O'Brien has been renamed O'Connor in this production. More worryingly the Prole Sector is referred to as the People's Area or some such nonsense - why why why? And all the references to "The Bells Of St Clements" at Charrington's antique shop have been removed. The screenplay is not close enough to the book, the film lacks suspense and certainly it is inferior to the marvellous 1954 BBC production which was presumably done on a much lower budget. If you want to see how 1984 can be done see that (if you can) or the more common 1980s film with John Hurt and Richard Burton, this film is a dud!


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