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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 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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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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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

Mustapha Mond: You see, Mr. Savage, my special conditioning has allowed for all this, even though it's prohibited to everyone else. For those of us who must ultimately guide others to do what is right, it is imperative to understand the lure of what is wrong.
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Referenced in Boy Meets World: Brave New World: Part 1 (2000) See more »

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3 April 2009 | by sexydrumbeastSee all my reviews

This movie was revolutionary because it showed what medical science could lead us to one day. The movie was based off the book and the book was written in 1931, so you can see Aldous Huxley's vivid imagination of what the world would be like hundreds of years down the road following the perfection of cloning. Stem cell research is not all bad but continuing practicing to clone could very well lead us down the "Brave New World" path. Now I don't fully believe that the world will turn out that way, but if you researched the origin of any of the greatest technology we have today you will see that the ideas for them started with a vision. Those visions, along with dedicated practice and increasingly advanced technology, have helped us get to the point we are now. I just thought this movie was interesting because it gave us a glimpse of what our world might be like in 2540, if not sooner. Scientists are working vigorously on stem cell and stem cell related studies and now that Obama has just allowed the practice to continue, it is only a matter of time before it is perfected.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1980 (USA) See more »

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