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Director:
Writers:
George Orwell (freely adapted from the novel by: "1984")
William Templeton (screenplay) ...
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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
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Interesting, just not very good! See more (15 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)
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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)
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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Runtime:
USA:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
During filming, Jan Sterling was pregnant with her son Adams Douglas, so she was given a certificate by the crew proclaiming him to be an honorary member of the cast.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Symphony No.9 Fourth MovementSee more »

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16 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, just not very good!, 22 September 2002
Author: TheBogieFan from Yorkshire, England

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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