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The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones (1976)

R | | Comedy | August 1976 (USA)
Tom Jones, a maid's son adopted by the nobleman she worked for, now all grown up must run away from home when he is set up by his jealous cousin. He has several adventures and women on his way to town where his possible salvation awaits.


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Henry Fielding (novel), Jeremy Lloyd (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicky Henson ... Tom Jones
Trevor Howard ... Squire Western
Terry-Thomas ... Mr. Square
Arthur Lowe ... Dr. Thwackum
Georgia Brown ... Jenny Jones
Joan Collins ... Black Bess
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Squire Alworthy
Murray Melvin ... Blifil
Madeline Smith ... Sophia
Geraldine McEwan ... Lady Bellaston
Jeremy Lloyd ... Lord Fellamar
Janie Greenspun Janie Greenspun ... Daisy
Michael Bates ... Madman
Maxine Casson Maxine Casson ... Prudence
Joan Cooper Joan Cooper ... Nellie


Tom Jones, a maid's son adopted by the nobleman she worked for, now all grown up must run away from home when he is set up by his jealous cousin. He has several adventures and women on his way to town where his possible salvation awaits.

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He's back in business and it's service with a smile.




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Release Date:

August 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Pitoresca de Tom Jones See more »

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Color (Technicolor)
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This was James Hayter's final film before his death on March 31, 1983 at the age of 75. See more »


Servant Girl: Oooh, Squire Western, you dirty old devil, Sir. And I thought you was asleep.
Squire Western: Did you now? Hey, don't struggle so, you know I've got a bad heart. And when I go, I want to die in bed.
Servant Girl: Not with me, you ain't!
Squire Western: Hmm, you're plump as a Christmas goose. And that's without the stuffing.
Servant Girl: Many a true word spoken in jest, Sir.
Squire Western: What do mean, girl?
Servant Girl: I hardly know how to say it, Sir. As you know, I'm a single girl, God-fearing and blameless.
Squire Western: Yes, yes, yes, go on.
Servant Girl: I'm with child!
Squire Western: What? Tell me who's pupped you...
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Version of Tom Jones (1996) See more »


The Jones Boy
Music and lyrics by David Matthews and Richard Guilgud
Sung by Carl Wayne
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Sometimes the remake is better than the original.
7 January 2007 | by junkof9See all my reviews

Intended or not, the "Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones" is a remake of 1963 film "Tom Jones" starring Albert Finney. I've found most remakes - My Man Godfrey, King Kong, Island of Dr. Moreau to name just three - to be vastly inferior to the originals but sometimes a different interpretation can result in a more enjoyable film. For example, the basic plot is the same but I like "Mogambo" (1953 - John Ford) much more than "Red Dust" (1932 - Victor Fleming).

I saw "the Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones" years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Knowing it was a remake I expected to enjoy the original even more - after all "Tom Jones" won four Oscars. I was surprised when I found "Tom Jones" to be dull, lifeless, and boring compared to the remake; so much so that I changed the channel after about 15 minutes. Maybe I was a little harsh - perhaps "Tom Jones" wasn't supposed to be funny; a serious film looking at how an accident of birth affects opportunities in life rather than a fun movie exploiting the comedic possibilities - but if I had to recommend one version in your library it would be the remake, not the original.

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