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Tom Jones -- Tom Jones, the adopted son of a British country squire, is a love-'em-and-leave-'em lady charmer who goes blithely from bed to bed, while managing to get into enough other mischief to come within moments of being hanged.


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John Osborne (screenplay)
Henry Fielding (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
11 December 1963 (France) See more »
Tom Jones! . . . loves and loves and loves and loves . . . [UK] See more »
The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 4 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 19 nominations See more »
Natasha Richardson Dies at 45
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Lyric beauty, bawdy humor and adventure set to celluloid and music. See more (63 total) »


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Directed by
Tony Richardson 
Writing credits
John Osborne (screenplay)

Henry Fielding (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Michael Holden .... associate producer
Oscar Lewenstein .... associate producer
Tony Richardson .... producer
Michael Balcon .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Addison 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
Casting by
John Merrick (uncredited)
Production Design by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
Art Direction by
Edward Marshall  (as Ted Marshall)
Set Decoration by
Josie MacAvin 
Costume Design by
John McCorry (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Sarah Beber .... chief hairdresser (as Sarah Beeber)
Alex Garfath .... chief make-up
Production Management
Leigh Aman .... production supervisor
Roy Millichip .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry O'Hara .... assistant director
Sound Department
Don Challis .... sound editor
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer: restoration (restored version)
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer: restoration (restored version) (as Bob Glass)
Peter Handford .... sound recordist
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer: restoration (restored version)
Ray Austin .... stunt double: Albert Finney (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Desmond Davis .... camera operator
Manny Wynn .... second unit photography
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Gillett .... wardrobe mistress
John McCorry .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jocelyn Herbert .... colour consultant
Robert K. Lambert .... additional editing: restoration (restored version)
Brian Smedley-Aston .... assistant editor
Blake Jones .... colorist: home video (uncredited)
Music Department
John Addison .... music conductor
Lionel Salter .... musician: harpsichord solo (uncredited)
Other crew
John Addison .... supervisor: restoration (restored version)
Rita Davison .... continuity
Neil Hartley .... coordinator: restoration (restored version)
Clare Jefferey .... assistant to Miss Herbert
Alan Kaplan .... production executive
Jane Moscrop .... production secretary
Tony Richardson .... supervisor: restoration (restored version)
Sewell Stokes .... script editor
Jocelyn Tawse .... personal assistant to the director
George 'Bud' Ornstein .... production executive: United Artists (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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128 min | USA:121 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby Stereo (restored version) (as Dolby Stereo® in selected theatres)
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (1971 rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating: feature and trailer) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-14 (cable rating) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Albert Finney felt the lead role wasn't serious enough, and agreed to star only if he got a producing credit; he later traded the credit for profit participation.See more »
Anachronisms: In the scene where Tom Jones and Sophie Western are riding around on various horses within a barnyard area, one of the barn sheds in the background has an area of its roof repaired with corrugated iron. The story was set in the mid-1700s but corrugated iron wasn't invented until the 1820s.See more »
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Narrator:In the west of England there was once a Squire Allworthy. After several months in London he returns home.
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55 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Lyric beauty, bawdy humor and adventure set to celluloid and music., 30 August 1999
Author: H.J.

In 1963 two of the most important productions in the history of movie making were released. The first was: "Cleopatra" with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, a cast as long as the Manhattan telephone directory and a budget bigger than the combined egos of the stars. "Cleopatra" was a total disaster. It has no redeeming quality that I know of. It is therefore important for embodying in one film, nearly everything that you can do wrong in making a movie. It is a movie that you must see if you are ever to understand what a truly good film really is. The second was: "Tom Jones" with Albert Finney and Susannah York, shot with rented equipment and costumes on the streets of London with a supporting cast of brilliant British ensemble players and extras who stood-in just to get in a film. Tom Jones is simply one of the best motion pictures of all time, for my money, The Best from Literature.

John Osborne who wrote the screen play produced a marvelous vehicle, but the genius of "Tom Jones" is Tony Richardson. He moves the actors and the story about the screen with a bawdy grace and earthy gentility that paints action and raucous laughter and beauty across one another with an even hand. It is a glimpse of antiquity so close and real that we can nearly touch it, and it makes us want to. (Though to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure we'd care for the smell of it.)

"Tom Jones" is a low budget, low tech, high quality film that must win the award for the "Most with the Least." The photography is beautiful, not because it used a dozen half million dollar cameras, it is beautiful because it is good photography. The acting wins out, and casts of thousands would only serve to clutter the stage. See this film whenever, wherever and as often as you possibly can.

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