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Animal Farm (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  3 October 1999 (USA)
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The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny among themselves.

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Snowball (voice)
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Squealer (voice)
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Mollie (voice)
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Jessie (voice)
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Boxer (voice)
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Napoleon (voice)
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Old Major (voice)
Alan Stanford ...
Farmer Pilkington
Caroline Gray ...
Mrs. Jones
Gail Fitzpatrick ...
Mrs. Pilkington
Jimmy Keogh ...
Dennis
Noel O'Donovan ...
Eric
Gerard Walsh ...
Farmer Fredericks
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A satire of Stalinist Russia, Animal Farm tells of the revolt of the animals of Manor Farm against their human masters. Led by the pigs Snowball (Lenin) and Napoleon (Stalin), the animals attempt to create a utopian society. Soon, however, Napoleon gets a taste for power, drives out Snowball, and establishes a totalitarian regime as brutal and corrupt as any human society. Manor Farm becomes a world where all animals are equal--but some are more equal than others. Written by David Rickard

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farm | pig | communism | revolution | satire | See more »

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There's a new day dawning on the farm.

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3 October 1999 (USA)  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)
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Paul Scofield's final film. See more »

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Flipped Image: At the end of the film's introduction, just before the title appears, the close-up of Jessie's face as she says, "But I could still remember," is flipped. The markings that are on the left side of her face are on the right, and the markings that are on the right side of her face are on the left. See more »

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Jessie: [Narrating] It was a storm of judgment. For years, we had been hiding from oppression. Hiding from Napoleon's spies. But now nature was washing away the disease. I always knew, as with all things built on the wrong foundation, the farm would one day crumble. At last, the wait was over. The poisonous cement which held Napoleon's evil dream together was being washed away. I could taste it in the water. I was old, I was almost blind, but I can still remember.
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Don't understand why this rates so badly
2 March 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This movie accurately captures the spirit of the book and the communist reality that inspired it. The dialog and characterizations of the animals were corny, but they were in the book too. It does not rigidly follow the plot or characters of the original story, but it captures the main ones (Napoleon/Stalin, Snowball/Trotsky, Boxer/Proletariat, Jones/Czar Nicolas) and the neighboring farmer who looked like Hitler was a nice touch. The biggest deviation from the book was the ending, which is perhaps a tad overly optimistic, but it brings Orwell's metaphor to it's eventual historical conclusion. In other words, it finishes the story of the farm as history finished it, beyond Orwell's vision.


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