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George Orwell (freely adapted from the novel by: "1984")
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Release Date:
September 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Will Ecstasy Be a Crime ...In the Terrifying World of the Future? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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'Animal House' Star Vernon Dies
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Cast

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Edmond O'Brien ... Winston Smith of the Outer Party

Michael Redgrave ... O'Connor of the Inner Party

Jan Sterling ... Julia of the Outer Party
David Kossoff ... Charrington the Junk Shop Owner
Mervyn Johns ... Jones

Donald Pleasence ... R. Parsons (as Donald Pleasance)
Carol Wolveridge ... Selina Parsons
Ernest Clark ... Outer Party Announcer
Patrick Allen ... Inner Party Official
Ronan O'Casey ... Rutherford
Michael Ripper ... Outer Party Orator
Ewen Solon ... Outer Party Orator
Kenneth Griffith ... Prisoner (as Kenneth Griffiths)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Cavan ... Woman (uncredited) (voice)

Walter Gotell ... Guard (uncredited)
Anthony Jacobs ... Telescreen (voice) (uncredited)
Barbara Keogh ... Special Woman (uncredited)
Bernard Rebel ... Kalador (uncredited)

Patrick Troughton ... Man on Telescreen (uncredited)

John Vernon ... Big Brother (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Anderson 
 
Writing credits
George Orwell (freely adapted from the novel by: "1984")

William Templeton (screenplay) (as William P. Templeton) and
Ralph Gilbert Bettison (screenplay) (as Ralph Bettinson)

Produced by
Ralph Gilbert Bettison .... assistant producer (as Ralph Bettinson)
N. Peter Rathvon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
C.M. Pennington-Richards (photographed by) (as C. Penninton Richards)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lewthwaite 
 
Casting by
Robert Lennard  (as R. Lennard)
 
Art Direction by
Terence Verity 
 
Makeup Department
L.V. Clark .... makeup artist
Henry Montsash .... hairdresser (as H. Montsash)
 
Production Management
John Croydon .... production supervisor
Gerry Mitchell .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Slark .... assistant director (as F. Slark)
 
Art Department
Peter Glazier .... assistant art director (as P. Glazier)
Len Townsend .... assistant art director (as L. Townsend)
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ron Benton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Olga Lehmann .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Arthur Bradburn .... sound recordist (as A. Bradburn)
Harold V. King .... recording director (as Harold King)
Arthur Southgate .... dubbing editor (as A. Southgate)
 
Special Effects by
George Blackwell .... special effects (as G. Blackwell)
Bryan Langley .... special effects (as B. Langley)
Norman Warwick .... special effects (as N. Warwick)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Day .... camera operator (as R. Day)
Peter Hendry .... focus puller (uncredited)
George Higgins .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Babs Gray .... wardrobe (as Barbara Gray)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... conductor
London Symphony Orchestra .... music played by (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Sheila Puddick .... production secretary
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Stanley Van Beers was a possible for Parsons.See more »
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Symphony No.6 Fourth MovementSee more »

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Bad Casting, Lack of Suspense, 2 February 2009
Author: Greg Treadway (treadwaywrites) from United States

Hopefully everyone knows the story of author George Orwell's novel and then the subsequent movie, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Even the cult classic movie Brazil in 1985 has an Orwell type features and themes through the entire fabric of the film. In fact the working title for for the highly futuristic Brazil was 1984 and a half.

In the future, the people of Oceania are in a endless, living in a state of poverty, fear, and oppression. Even personal will and thought are monitored for the common good. Meals are rationed and virtually every move is monitored through video cameras and police agents. Winston has memories of when life was better and he expounds about it in a private journal that he keep hidden. Winston begins making eye contact with a younger woman named Julia; it's not long afterward that they are part of the rebellion against the state.

George Orwell published his book in 1949. The novel found fame because of its portrayal of everyone watching everyone else and loss of personal rights in the face of a oppressive government. He chose the year 1984 as the target date for Big Brother as he called it.

There was a BBC version of the movie followed by the 1956 Edward O'Brien film. Together the movies were able to cause only a minor stir and that was for sending people back to the book to read the full story. This version was directed by Michael Anderson who did such films as Around the World in 80 Days and Logan's Run in 1976. This movie is just not well done, it lacks timing and any degree of suspense. If you can find the BBC version try that one first. Even though there is some combining of characters, Donald Pleasance is in it and does a pretty good job.

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