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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
 (From WENN. 7 February 2005)

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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 .... 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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Runtime:
USA:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Blythe is often credited being in this but he was not part of the project. He does not appear in the Robert Lennard casting papers nor was he on any shortlist for any roleSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in This Time Tomorrow (2012/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No.5: Second MovementSee more »

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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Loved the movie, want a copy, 8 June 2004
Author: neonbylaurie from USA

I saw the movie once back in 1968 or so and thought it was great. Don't know how I'd view it now but I have never had any desire to see the remake. The fact that the movie is in black and white still leaves a very visual impression of the stark, bare lives people like Winston Smith led. No color in their lives and certainly no color in their thoughts was the order of their day. I think the film captured that along with the idea that their technology available was also unenlightening. It served only one purpose and that was to control. I don't think I would be as impressed if the movie were made today. Our technology is too sophisticated. In the original version, less is more.

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