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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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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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Terrific, but the earlier Peter Cushing version..... See more (18 total) »


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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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Additional Details

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Barry Sullivan was among the actors thought suitable for Winston Smith.See more »
Movie Connections:
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Terrific, but the earlier Peter Cushing version....., 7 April 2007
Author: wnstn_hmltn ( from United States even better (wanna see St. Pete's classic? Feel free to contact for a copy). One might be tempted to call this a remake, and I suppose it is, but it was the first theatrical rendition, enabling audiences to watch Big Brother (watching them) on a bigger screen than was possible via the BBC/Peter Cushing version (1954) of two years earlier. I agree with previous commentator "bux's" observance that, while Edmond O'Brien and Jan Sterling may not have been Orwell's first casting choices for Winston and Julia for the reason stated, the sterling performances generated by the leads and their supporting cast more than compensate. As a huge fan of the late, great Hammer Films luminary Michael Ripper, I was especially pleased to see him helping to take up the rear as an Outer Party Orator, exemplifying the tender loving care with which producer N. Peter Rathvon saw fit to cast even the smaller roles.

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