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1984 (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | September 1956 (USA)
In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

George Orwell (freely adapted from the novel by: "1984"), William Templeton (screenplay) (as William P. Templeton) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmond O'Brien ... Winston Smith of the Outer Party
Michael Redgrave ... O'Connor of the Inner Party
Jan Sterling ... Julia of the Outer Party
David Kossoff ... Charrington the Junk Shop Owner
Mervyn Johns ... Jones
Donald Pleasence ... R. Parsons (as Donald Pleasance)
Carol Wolveridge Carol Wolveridge ... Selina Parsons
Ernest Clark ... Outer Party Announcer
Patrick Allen ... Inner Party Official
Ronan O'Casey ... Rutherford
Michael Ripper ... Outer Party Orator
Ewen Solon ... Outer Party Orator
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Prisoner (as Kenneth Griffiths)
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In a futuristic, state-run society controlled by "Big Brother" in which love is outlawed, employee of the state Winston Smith falls for Julia, and is tortured and brainwashed for his crime. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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From the Startling George Orwell Novel! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1984 See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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William Templeton, one of the scriptwriters of this film, had also adapted George Orwell's novel for American TV in 1953. However, it was generally thought that it was the sensational success of the other television version - broadcast by the BBC in Britain in 1954 - that had led this project to be given the go-ahead. This movie version was generally held to be a feeble imitation, and the changed ending was much attacked. See more »

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There are reportedly two endings to this film. The UK version ends with a defiant Winston Smith and Julia being executed by the authorities. The US version is more faithful to Orwell's book and concludes with Winston and Julia being brainwashed into becoming loyal followers of "Big Brother." See more »

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Symphony No.9 Fourth Movement
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Terrific, but the earlier Peter Cushing version.....
7 April 2007 | by wnstn_hmltnSee all my reviews

......is even better. One might be tempted to call this a remake, and I suppose it is, but it was the first theatrical rendition, enabling audiences to watch Big Brother (watching them) on a bigger screen than was possible via the BBC/Peter Cushing version (1954) of two years earlier. I agree with previous commentator "bux's" observance that, while Edmond O'Brien and Jan Sterling may not have been Orwell's first casting choices for Winston and Julia for the reason stated, the sterling performances generated by the leads and their supporting cast more than compensate. As a huge fan of the late, great Hammer Films luminary Michael Ripper, I was especially pleased to see him helping to take up the rear as an Outer Party Orator, exemplifying the tender loving care with which producer N. Peter Rathvon saw fit to cast even the smaller roles.


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