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1984 (1984)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (original title)
R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 22 March 1985 (USA)
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In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director:

Michael Radford

Writers:

George Orwell (novel), Michael Radford
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Winston Smith
Richard Burton ... O'Brien
Suzanna Hamilton ... Julia
Cyril Cusack ... Charrington
Gregor Fisher ... Parsons
James Walker James Walker ... Syme
Andrew Wilde ... Tillotson
David Trevena David Trevena ... Tillotson's Friend
David Cann David Cann ... Martin
Anthony Benson Anthony Benson ... Jones
Peter Frye Peter Frye ... Rutherford
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Waiter
Rupert Baderman Rupert Baderman ... Winston Smith as a Boy
Corinna Seddon Corinna Seddon ... Winston's Mother
Martha Parsey Martha Parsey ... Winston's Sister
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Storyline

In the year 1984, rocket bombs and rats prey on the inhabitants of the crumbling metropolis of London. Far away on the Malabar Front, a seemingly interminable war rages against Eastasia. The Ministry of Truth broadcasts ceaselessly to the population via its inescapable network of telescreens. These devices, which pervade all aspects of peoples' lives, are also capable of monitoring their every word and action. They form part of an elaborate surveillance system used by the Ministry of Love, and its dreaded Agents, the "Thought Police", to serve their singular goal: the elimination of "thoughtcrime". Winston Smith is a Party worker, part of the vast social caste known as the "Outer Party", the rank and file of the sprawling apparatus of government. Winston works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, the section charged with modifying historical news archives for consistency. When by chance, Winston uncovers incontrovertible proof that the Party is lying, he embarks on a ... Written by richard.leader@gmail.com

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George Orwell's Terrifying Vision Comes To The Screen. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1984 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,897, 16 December 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,400,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The confessions of the "Thought Criminals" Rutherford (Peter Frye), Aaronson (Joscik Barbarossa), and Jones (Anthony Benson) were based on the Soviet show trials of the 1930s, which included fabricated confessions by prominent Bolsheviks Nikolai Bukharin, Grigory Zinoviev, and Lev Kamenev to the effect that they were being paid by the Nazi government to undermine the Soviet regime under Leon Trotsky's direction. See more »

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After the rack torture scene, O'Brien removes Winston's front tooth. Later, in the rat mask torture scene, his tooth is back again. (In the book, Winston is given dentures after O'Brien pulled the tooth, but this was not explained in the movie.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Big Brother: [voice-over] This is our land. A land of peace and of plenty. A land of harmony and hope. This is our land. Oceania. These are our people. The workers, the strivers, the builders. These are our people. The builders of our world, struggling, fighting, bleeding, dying. On the streets of our cities and on the far-flung battlefields. Fighting against the mutilation of our hopes and dreams. Who are they?
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Crazy Credits

With love and admiration RICHARD BURTON 1925-1984 See more »

Alternate Versions

From director of photography Roger Deakins: "Be careful which '1984' you watch as some do not have the 'Bleach Bypass' effect built in. As the effect was done on all the prints, the IP and subsequent INs do not reflect the intended look of the film." See more »

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Referenced in The Dead Zone: Total Awareness (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Oceania,'Tis For Thee
Music by Dominic Muldowney
Lyrics by Jonathan Gems
Sung by the London Voices, directed by Terry Edwards
Soprano soloist: Sally Mates
Contralto soloist: Linda Hirst
Conducted by Dominic Muldowney
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Who Controls the Past Controls the Future, Who Controls the Present Controls the Past
24 November 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1984, Oceania is an omnipresent state ruled by the Big Brother with a totalitarian society and in permanent war, presently against Eurasia, with intention of keeping the proletariat without education and without possibility of capital accumulation. People from the upper classes follow the "Ingsoc" philosophy and are under permanent surveillance of Big Brother through the "telescreen" – a monitor that is television and also spies the life of each individual. However, the proletariat is free of the control of the state. The Party has just released the 10th edition of the Newspeak Dictionary, with the intention of reducing the words to make people limited to express any feeling against the Party.

In the "Minitrue" (Ministry of Truth in Newspeak), the bureaucrat Winston Smith (John Hurt) rewrites history to permit the party to control the future and is quite indifferent to his society. Winston is approached by the party member O'Brien (Richard Burton) that gives a copy of the new released dictionary to him. When Winston meets the brother Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), they commit "sexcrime" and fall in love for each other. But they are captured by the fearful Thought Police and Winston is interrogated and brainwashed by O'Brien that explains the logic of the party to keep the power. But in the end, the human spirit of Winston prevails.

When I was a teenager, George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" and "Animal Farm" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" were my favorite novels. George Orwell wrote this novel in 1948, inverting the last two digits in the title, and the novel was released on 8 June 1949. The story takes place between April and June 1984. I read the book in Portuguese, where the new words of the Newspeak were perfectly translated.

The film "1984" is a magnificent transposition of the novel to the cinema, with a remarkable screenplay by Michael Radford and top-notches performances of John Hurt and Richard Burton in his last work. The awesome direction of Michael Radford gives a perfect idea of this novel about a dystopian society and the political theories of this society subdue by the powerful, feared and omnipresent Big Brother and is so careful that "1984" was filmed between April and June 1984 in London, in the same period and location George Orwell wrote in his novel. I saw this depressing film in the movie theater for the first time in 1984, and since then, I have seen at least three times on VHS (last time on 24 April 2003) and now I have just watched on DVD. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "1984"


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