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Brave New World (1980)

A man who grew up in a primitive society educating himself by reading Shakespeare is allowed to join the futuristic society where his parents are from. However, he cannot adapt to their repressive ways.

Director:

Burt Brinckerhoff

Writers:

Aldous Huxley (by), Robert E. Thompson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Cobb ... Linda Lysenko
Bud Cort ... Bernard Marx
Keir Dullea ... Thomas Grambell
Ron O'Neal ... Mustapha Mond
Marcia Strassman ... Lenina Disney
Kristoffer Tabori ... John Savage
Dick Anthony Williams ... Helmholz Watson
Jonelle Allen ... Fanny Crowne
Jeannetta Arnette ... Dwightina
Valerie Curtin ... Chief Warden Stelina Shell
Tricia O'Neil ... Maoina Krupps
Victoria Racimo ... Beta Teacher
Sherri Brewer Sherri Brewer ... Rochina
Reb Brown ... Henry
Lee Chamberlin ... Head Nanny Nurse
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Storyline

In a future society based on pleasure without moral worries, love is prohibited but casual sex, now called 'engaging', is strongly encouraged. Everyone is kept happy with a legal drug, soma. People are hatched and cloned on conveyor belts to meet the requirements of five different social classes, from ruling Alphas to robot-like Epsilons. Bernard Marx is a different Alpha male with an inclination to thinking. He and a girl called Lenina Disney go visit a reservation of 'savages' where they meet a handsome young man John and bring him back to 'civilization'. John turns out to be the son of the director of the cloning authority, which causes a scandal and makes John a celebrity freak. John falls in love with Lenina but his desire is ruined by his antiquated sexual morale derived from reading Shakespeare. John hates the over-social but anti-emotional civilization, asks to be sent to live in isolation, and gets a job as a lighthouse guard. But even there he can't forget Lenina or escape ... Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brave New World See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel Bronston planned to film Aldous Huxley 's novel with David Niven in 1964, but the huge financial failure of his epic and costly " The Fall of the Roman Empire " lead to the collapse of his movie making operation. See more »

Quotes

Lenina Disney: Just take me, oh please, take me. Oh please make me quake, I'll set my dial - so you can drive me wild. Oh hug me, hug me - 'till you drug me. Give me a kiss - that's full of bliss.
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All too likely to be realistic
9 October 2000 | by graham_wrightSee all my reviews

I am not going to pretend this is my favourite film of all time, but it was a good, clear version of the excellent book.

The film looks dated and would be boring for some. But those who are interested in what might happen to the human race should check this out. This idea is the most likely to come true of all possible fates of humans.

The acting is in places 2-dimensional, but this is usually only when portraying characters who are themselves 2-dimensional, such as Lenina, Linda and Thomas.

The three more interesting and deeper characters of Bernard, John and Mustapha are portrayed well and all change dramatically and believably as the story unwinds.

Not a funny, thrilling or exciting film but a clear film that makes you think.


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