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"BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)

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Original Air Date:
12 December 1954 (Season 5, Episode 50)
George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Peter Cushing ... Winston Smith

André Morell ... O'Brien
Yvonne Mitchell ... Julia Dixon

Donald Pleasence ... Syme
Arnold Diamond ... Emmanuel Goldstein
Campbell Gray ... Parsons
Hilda Fenemore ... Mrs. Parsons
Pamela Grant ... Parsons Girl
Keith Davis ... Parsons Boy
Janet Barrow ... Woman Supervisor
Norman Osborne ... First Youth
Tony Lyons ... Second Youth
Malcolm Knight ... Third Youth
John Baker ... First Man
Victor Platt ... Second Man
Van Boolen ... Barman
Wilfrid Brambell ... Old Man / Thin Prisoner
Leonard Sachs ... Mr. Charrington
Sydney Bromley ... Waiter
Janet Joye ... Canteen Woman
Harry Lane ... Guard
Richard Williams ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nigel Kneale ... Telescreen Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Roy Oxley ... Big Brother (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rudolph Cartier 
Writing credits
George Orwell (novel)

Nigel Kneale (adapted as a television play by)

George Orwell 

Produced by
Rudolph Cartier .... producer
Original Music by
John Hotchkis 
Production Design by
Barry Learoyd 
Visual Effects by
Jack Kine .... models and effects
Bernard Wilkie .... models and effects
Music Department
John Hotchkis .... conductor

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Additional Details

120 min | UK:107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Following remarks by the Duke of Edinburgh that he and the Queen had "thoroughly enjoyed" the broadcast, the live repeat, four days later, attracted the largest television audience since the Coronation.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the canteen, after Winston has said goodbye to Syme, the camera settles back on him and moves forward, bumping into the dining table in the process.See more »
Winston Smith:The rats had... Oh, God!See more »
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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The best 1984 by far, 22 September 2002
Author: TheBogieFan from Yorkshire, England

This production is breathtaking. The BBC did an amazing job of translating Orwell's bleak book onto the screen. It is very dark and the treatment of Smith at the end of the film is not glossed over, this is really daring given the time it was made.

This is a TV movie, the first film based on the novel, 2 years later a US movie version was made which also starred Donald Pleasance but the two films couldn't be more different. Pleasance plays Syme in this one, and does a great job - most memorably describing how beautiful destroying words is. In the 1956 movie he plays Parsons and is less suited to that role, the actor who plays Parsons in this film is Campbell Gray who i know nothing about but he does a fine job playing the role later played by Gregor Fisher of Rab C Nesbitt fame in the 80s version. Cushing plays Winston Smith and gives a typically great performance, physically he is ideal to play Smith and of course he was a fine actor.

This version stays truest to the novel and is actually better than the John Hurt/Richard Burton version from the eighties.

I can't think of one bad thing about this film, apart from the fact you can't buy it anywhere.

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