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Tom Jones (1963)

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The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Devine ... Squire Allworthy
... Bridget Allworthy
... Mrs. Wilkins
... Jenny Jones / Mrs. Waters
... Partridge
... Tom Jones
... Molly Seagrim
... Black George
... Square
... Thwackum
... Blifil
... Mrs. Seagrim
... Lawyer Dowling
... Squire Western
... Sophie Western
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Storyline

In eighteenth-century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside, but could not be more different in nature. Tom, the bastard son of one of Squire Allworthy's servants Jenny Jones and the local barber Partridge, was raised by virtuous Allworthy as his own after he sent Jenny away. Tom is randy, chasing anything in a skirt, he's having a sexual relationship on the sly with Molly Seagrim, the peasant daughter of Allworthy's gamekeeper. Tom is nonetheless kind-hearted and good-natured, he who is willing to defend that and those in which he believes. Blifil, on the other hand, is dour, and although outwardly pious, is cold-hearted and vengeful. Despite his randiness, Tom eventually falls in love with Sophie Western, who has just returned to the area after a few years abroad. Despite Sophie's love for Tom, Squire Western and his spinster sister would rather see Sophie marry Blifil rather than a bastard, who Western ... Written by Huggo

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The whole world loves Tom Jones! See more »


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Release Date:

11 December 1963 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Tom Jones - Zwischen Bett und Galgen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$37,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,000,000, 31 January 2000
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(Westrex Recording System)| (restored version) (as Dolby Stereo® in selected theatres)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After Hugh Griffith accidentally hit several cast and crew members with his riding crop, Tony Richardson had it specially wired to diminish its sting. See more »

Goofs

One of the dogs on Squire Allworthy's estate is a Golden Retriever. It can be seen trying to follow Tom when he is banished from the estate. The film is set during the time of the Jacobite Rebellion which began in 1745. The Golden Retriever was first bred in Scotland in 1868, more than 100 years after the time when the film was set. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In the west of England there was once a Squire Allworthy. After several months in London he returns home.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: In the west of England there was once a Squire Allworthy. After several months in London he returned home. his sister, Bridget. his servants. after supper. "Mrs. Wilkins!" "aaah!" a baby! abandoned!!! "how did it get here?" "who can the mother be?" "Jenny Jones!" "who is the father Jenny?" "send for Partridge the barber!" Partridge the barber - the father? "I will deal with you later, sir!" "you must be sent away from this shame and degradation." "as for your child . . . . . " "I will bring him up as if he were my own son." "what will you call him brother?" "Tom Jones." of whom the opinion of all was that he was born to be hanged.

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Music by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Wonderful, even 37 years later
4 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This was a great film in its time, and is still a great one today. Well-directed, well-acted, well-shot, great soundtrack, and based on a splendid literary vehicle.

It's frustrating to see so much uninformed voting and so many uninformed remarks on this otherwise wonderful site; I guess its inevitable since anyone can post anything. But I would like to point out that Tom Jones did not sleep with his mother as erroneously alleged, and that Albert Finney, 26 or 27 years old at the time of shooting this film, clearly did not look too old for his part.

I haven't read the book(s), but from the film it's obvious that Dickens was much indebted to Fielding, using his amazing invention as a convoluted plot model (and perhaps a character-naming model) for many of his works.

Go rent this film after seeing Finney in the currently playing Big Fish -- it's great to see him do so well in such very different films made in different millenia, nearly a full professional lifetime apart.


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