1963 / 1:66 / 128 Min. / Street Date February 27, 2018
Starring Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith
Cinematography by Walter Lassally
Screenplay by Tony Richardson, John Osborne
Music by John Addison
Edited by Antony Gibbs
Produced by Tony Richardson
Directed by Tony Richardson
Yorkshire native Tony Richardson, lauded for a string of melodramas set in grayer than gray factory towns, took an abrupt left turn with Tom Jones, an 18th century period piece steeped in the vibrant New Wave sensibilities of the 60’s. Starring Albert Finney as the randy hero, Richardson’s sunny holiday is as far from the mills of Derbyshire as Buckingham Palace.
Based on Henry Fielding’s mock epic, Richardson and co-writer John Osborne took a Cliff’s Notes approach to Fielding’s picaresque narrative, whittling Tom’s journey down to a two hour jaunt set in motion by Irish actor Micheál Mac Liammóir’s wry narration.