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Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  14 November 1966 (USA)
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In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.



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Book Person: 'The Life of Henry Brulard'


Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag's wife are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books. It is through this relationship that he begins to question the government's motives behind book-burning. Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

14 November 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

451 градус по Фаренгейту  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oskar Werner cut his hair for the final scene to purposely create a continuity error. This was due to his hatred for the director. See more »


As the firemen leave the apartment in the first raid, the sack is half full of books. The bag they toss over the balcony is twice as full. See more »


[first lines]
Announcer: An Enterprise Vineyard Production. Oskar Werner, Julie Christie... in Fahrenheit four-five-one.
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The beginning credits are spoken instead of written on the screen. See more »


References Lolita (1962) See more »

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Reading is fundamental
21 July 2004 | by (TCM's Basement) – See all my reviews

After reading several whinny comments about how the movie is so different from the book I just had to add my two cents. Hello people! These are two different mediums here, like comparing Katherine Hepburn to Audrey Hepburn. They are two different entities which stand alone on their own merits.

I read the book years and years ago, and frankly, I don't remember much about it. I'd seen the movie in years past, and it never knocked my socks off. But upon viewing it last night, I have to say I found myself thoroughly engrossed in it. The scene in the monorail where all the passengers are trying to stimulate themselves through their sense of touch is quite moving. As is the neighbor who declares, "They aren't like us, are they?"

It's never going to be a movie in which you want to see over and over again (like the fluffy Wizard of Oz, again a book that is totally different from the movie, where are the complaining people now?) but it's a movie that should be seen. I also wonder how many people will complain when the new version comes out? I can hear them now, "The first movie was so much better!"

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