After The Atomic War the world is divided into three states. London is a city in Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. Winston Smith is one of the bureaucrats, rewriting history in one of the departments. One day he commits the crime of falling in love with Julia. They try to escape Big Brother's listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape... Written by
The following quotes don't exist in Orwell's book, only in the movie. Coincidence or not,
Costume Designer Emma Porteous christens an ordnance, as in "12,300 Porteous piloted missiles." (some alliteration here: "Porteous piloted")
Art Department Assistant Amanda Grenville christens an ordnance, as in "3.1 million Grenville gas-operated light machine guns." (some alliteration here: "Grenville gas-operated")
Producer Simon Perry christens an ordnance, as in "9 million Perry pineapple pin grenades." (some alliteration here: "Perry pineapple pin")
Executive Producer Marvin J. Rosenblum christens unperson, as in "Outer Party member 4392, Rosenblum, Miniprod, Light Industry Section."
Associate Producer John Davis christens an unperson, as in "Outer Party member 66755, Davis, Miniprod, Women's Section."
Art Director Grant Hicks christens an unperson, as in "Outer Party member 53922, Hicks, Minirec, Proletarian Affairs Section."
Assistant Editor Nicolette Bolgar christens an unperson, as in "Outer Party member 947743, Bolgar, Minitrue, Records Section."
Wardrobe Supervisor John Brady christens an unperson, as in "Outer Party member 5739, Brady, Minitrue, Records Section."
Co-producer Robert Devereux christens an unperson, as in "Outer Party member 984213,Devereux, Minitrue, Records Section."
Production Buyer Peter Rutherford christens the character played by actor Peter Frye. See more »
After the rack torture scene, O'Brien removes Winston's front tooth. Later, in the rat mask torture scene, his tooth is back again. (In the book, Winston is given dentures after O'Brien pulled the tooth, but this was not explained in the movie.) See more »
This is our land. A land of peace and of plenty. A land of harmony and hope. This is our land. Oceania. These are our people. The workers, the strivers, the builders. These are our people. The builders of our world, struggling, fighting, bleeding, dying. On the streets of our cities and on the far-flung battlefields. Fighting against the mutilation of our hopes and dreams. Who are they?
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"This film was photographed in and around London during the period April-June 1984, the exact time and setting imagined by the author." See more »
Merely a few days after finishing my read of George Orwell's fantastic 1948 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four", I was immediately keen on looking to rent the modern film version, "1984" - filmed, appropriately enough, not only during the actual YEAR of 1984, but also during the exact same short span of months that the story took place in. This, to me, is a prime example of perfect, and unbelievably well-timed, brilliance. A picture based on such complex, prophetic, and well-known material could have turned out to be a complete disaster (which it certainly had potential for, judging from the horrendous-looking DVD cover); thankfully, however, I was not disappointed.
"1984" is probably one of the most, if not THE most, masterful transitions from book to movie I have ever seen. Easily, its most impressive aspect was its phenomenal accuracy, attention to detail, etc. In other words, this film was FAITHFUL, in every sense of the word, to its source material. One can't give such a statement about films these days.
Amazing casting, terrific musical score, and mind-blowing sets, cinematography, and direction, "1984" is surely a unique treasure, and one that still retains the same timeless messages even decades since its release.
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