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Writers:
George Orwell (freely adapted from the novel by: "1984")
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Release Date:
September 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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
 (From WENN. 7 February 2005)

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A Cold War 1984 See more (17 total) »

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)

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 .... make up (as L. V. Clark)
Henry Montsash .... hairdressing (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
 

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USA:90 min
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Fred Berger was among those thought suitable for Charrington.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Cold War 1984, 27 December 2013
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

It's been too long since I read the book, so I'm just concerned with the movie as a movie. And what a downer the 90-minutes is for the generally sunny 1950's. Hard to think of a grimmer storyline or more downbeat ending for that period. I take the film's anomalous presence as a useful Cold War commentary on the Soviet Union, the rivalry then at its peak.

Anyhow, the sets are grim, even the one outdoor scene is drained of any natural beauty, while the photography remains dull gray, as it should be given the dystopian subject matter. Then too, the two leads, O'Brien and Sterling, are not exactly marquee names. However, they are excellent actors, as the storyline requires—you don't want "movie stars" competing with the plot-heavy symbolism. In short, the production, though clearly economical, is pretty uncompromising.

Story-wise we're plunged into the middle of the dystopian society without much explanation of how it got that way or why. Instead, the narrative emphasizes the tools of thought control among Party members, who are subjected to all sorts of thought conditioning techniques, such as the histrionic hate sessions. Just how the non-party people live is not really portrayed. However, love may be forbidden among Party members, but I doubt that it was among the common people, otherwise how would re-population take place.

Besides dwelling on Winston's (O'Brien) efforts at contacting the political underground, the script dwells on the forbidden love affair between Winston and Julia (Sterling). And I had to laugh when Julia sheds her shapeless Party uniform for a flowing white gown right out of the Loretta Young Show of the time. This may be the movie's one concession to 1950's norms. The film does manage a few twists, one of which I didn't see coming. But, if I have one complaint, it's that Redgrave's high Party official lacks subtlety, in pretty much a one-note performance. This can be seen as a defect if you think about his official's changing roles.

Anyway, the film remains a visual oddity for then as well as now. However, its thought- control message, though crudely put, may be more relevant in our digitalized age than it was then. At the same time, this is one of the few subjects that I think needs a bigger budget remake to do it justice. I haven't seen the latest remake from 1984, so I can't comment on its worth. All in all, this version maintains a grimly narrow, but thought-provoking focus.

(In passing—having seen the movie on first release, I seem to remember the "rat cage" sequence as being longer, more detailed with glowing eyes, and much scarier than my DVD version. But then that was well over 50-years ago.)

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