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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.



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

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Complete credited cast:
... Winston Smith of the Outer Party
... O'Connor of the Inner Party
... Julia of the Outer Party
... Charrington the Junk Shop Owner
... Jones
... R. Parsons (as Donald Pleasance)
Carol Wolveridge ... Selina Parsons
... Outer Party Announcer
... Inner Party Official
... Rutherford
... Outer Party Orator
... Outer Party Orator
Kenneth Griffith ... Prisoner (as Kenneth Griffiths)


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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Release Date:

September 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1984  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Trolls (2016) See more »


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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Terrific, but the earlier Peter Cushing version.....
7 April 2007 | by See 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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