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In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside, but could not be more different in nature. Tom, the bastard son of one of Squire Allworthy's servants Jenny Jones and the local barber Partridge, was raised by virtuous Allworthy as his own after he sent Jenny away. Tom is randy, chasing anything in a skirt, he having a sexual relationship on the sly with Molly Seagrim, the peasant daughter of Allworthy's gamekeeper. Tom is nonetheless kind-hearted and good-natured, he who is willing to defend that and those in which he believes. Blifil, on the other hand, is dour, and although outwardly pious, is cold-hearted and vengeful. Despite his randiness, Tom eventually falls in love with Sophie Western, who has just returned to the area after a few years abroad. Despite Sophie's love for Tom, Squire Western and his spinster sister would rather see Sophie marry Blifil rather than a bastard, who Western ... Written by
One of the dogs on Squire Allworthy's estate is a Golden Retriever. It can be seen trying to follow Tom when he is banished from the estate. The film is set during the time of the Jacobite Rebellion which began in 1745. The Golden Retriever was first bred in Scotland in 1868, more than 100 years after the time when the film was set. See more »
In the west of England there was once a Squire Allworthy. After several months in London he returns home.
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Magnificent movie with four deserved Academy Award winner
Tom Jones(Albert Finney) is a 18th century orphan who is adopted by an aristocrat but he lives his own life with mirth and freedom. The philander English lad has good heart and affinity for troubles and an eye for the ladies confronting amorous and bawdy adventures. His true love is Sophie(Susannah York) the daughter of a high-class rich owner(Hugh Griffith).
The picture is a lavish rendition of a classic novel by Henry Fielding with lots of entertainment and fun and it's plenty of satire,irony,comedy,tongue and cheek and amusement. Lively and jolly soundtrack by John Addison , author of numerous classics scores of the English Free Cinema. Film is very well directed by Tony Richardson who in 1977 made an attempt to return with similar character -Joseph Andrews- but the freshness,inspiration and magic had gone. It is followed by a sequel -The bawdy adventures of Tom Jones- an exploitive extension directed by Cliff Owen and with Arthur Lowe,Joan Collins and Trevor Howard. Tom Jones picture was undoubtedly the biggest year.The film obtained Academy Award in 1963 to the best film for United Artists, Director-Tony Richardson-, adapted screenplay-John Osborne- and original music-John Addison- and were nominated Albert Finney,Hugh Griffith,Diane Cilento,Joyce Redman and Edith Evans by their robustly agreeable characterization.Well worth watching.
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