1984 ()

Nineteen Eighty-Four (original title)
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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.

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Winston Smith
Suzanna Hamilton ...
James Walker ...
David Trevena ...
Tillotson's Friend
David Cann ...
Anthony Benson ...
Peter Frye ...
Rupert Baderman ...
Winston Smith as a Boy
Corinna Seddon ...
Winston's Mother
Martha Parsey ...
Winston's Sister
Mrs. Parsons
P.J. Nicholas ...
William Parsons
Lynne Radford ...
Susan Parsons
Pip Donaghy ...
Inner Party Speaker
The Whore
Janet Key ...
The Instructress
Hugh Walters ...
Artsem Lecturer
John Hughes ...
Man in White Coat
Robert Putt ...
Shouting Prole
Christine Hargreaves ...
Soup Lady
John Golightly ...
Ole Oldendorp ...
Eurasian Soldier
Norman Bacon ...
Man on Station Platform
John Foss ...
Youth Leader
Carey Wilson ...
Party Member
Mitzi McKenzie ...
Party Member
The Telescreen Announcer (voice)
Pam Gems ...
The Washerwoman
Joscik Barbarossa ...
Bob Flag ...
Big Brother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Gale ...
Prole (uncredited)
Woman at rally (uncredited)
Ministery Worker (uncredited)
Michael Munn ...
Interrogation Room Soldier (uncredited)
Worker (uncredited)
Jason Savage ...
Child at Rally (uncredited)
Prol (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Radford

Written by

George Orwell ... (novel 1984)
Michael Radford ... (written by)

Produced by

Al Clark ... co-producer
John Davis ... associate producer
Robert Devereux ... co-producer
Simon Perry ... producer
Marvin J. Rosenblum ... executive producer

Music by

Dominic Muldowney

Cinematography by

Roger Deakins

Film Editing by

Tom Priestley

Editorial Department

Nicolette Bolgar ... assistant editor
Neil Farrell ... assistant editor
Nicolas Gaster ... associate editor
Simon Harris ... assistant editor
√Čva Martin ... assistant editor (as Eva Martin)
Polly Moseley ... associate editor

Casting By

Rebecca Howard

Production Design by

Allan Cameron

Art Direction by

Martyn Hebert ... (as Martin Hebert)
Grant Hicks

Costume Design by

Emma Porteous

Makeup Department

Anna Dryhurst ... makeup artist
Paula Gillespie ... hairdressing supervisor
Mary Hillman ... makeup supervisor
Stephanie Kaye ... hairdresser
Debbie Scragg ... makeup artist

Production Management

Tony Hopkins ... production supervisor: Wiltshire
Gladys Pearce ... production manager
Paul Shersby ... unit manager
Paul Sparrow ... production manager: second unit

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Stephen Brown ... assistant director: Wiltshire locations
John Dodds ... second assistant director
David Keating ... assistant director (as Dave Keating)
Patrick Kinney ... third assistant director
Crispin Reece ... assistant director: Wiltshire locations
Chris Rose ... first assistant director
Kevin Westley ... additional third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

John Allenby ... property master
Eddie Andres ... art department assistant
Royce Baxter ... draughtsman
Mark Fruin ... propman
John Godfrey ... construction manager
Amanda Grenville ... art department assistant
Harry Harrison ... stand-by crew
Jeff Khan ... stand-by crew
Pat Lynch ... stand-by crew
Kieron Mcnamara ... chargehand propman (as Kieron Macnamara)
Simon Murton ... sketch artist
Mark Raggett ... assistant art director
Peter Rutherford ... production buyer
Tony Strong ... scenic artist
Sid Sutton ... graphic designer
Bill Wolohan ... stand-by crew

Sound Department

Bill Barringer ... assistant sound editor
Gerry Bates ... sound assistant
Joe Gallagher ... assistant sound editor
Derek Holding ... dialogue editor
Gerry Humphreys ... dubbing mixer: Twickenham Film Studios
Colin Miller ... sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue ... dubbing mixer: Twickenham Film Studios
Trevor Pyke ... re-recording mixer
Guido Reidy ... boom operator
Bryan Tilling ... effects editor
Bruce White ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

David Scholefield ... special effects assistant
Ian Scoones ... special effects supervisor
Andrew Thompson ... special effects technician
Chris Verner ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

Ray Caple ... matte artist
Alan Church ... optical effects (uncredited)
Tony Willis ... effects cameraman (uncredited)


Eddie Stacey ... stunt coordinator
Terry Walsh ... stunt coordinator
Bill Weston ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

James Ainslie ... focus puller
Mike Andrews ... camera grip
Roger Deakins ... camera operator
John Haylen ... chargehand electrician
John Higgins ... chief electrician
Michael James ... chargehand electrician
Dick Pope ... camera operator: second unit
Sarah Quill ... still photographer
Andrew Speller ... camera operator: second unit / senior focus puller
Phil St. John ... supervising rigger
Fraser Taggart ... clapper loader
Billy Brooks ... additional electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Jane Arnell ... assistant casting director

Costume and Wardrobe Department

John Brady ... wardrobe supervisor
Cynthea Dowling ... wardrobe assistant
Philippe Pickford ... wardrobe supervisor
Noel Radford ... wardrobe assistant
Colin Wilson ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

Richard Craven ... location manager

Music Department

Dick Lewzey ... mixer: CTS Studios

Other crew

Beryl Brown ... assistant accountant
Lynne Buckley ... unit nurse
Simon Cellan Jones ... production runner (as Simon Cellan-Jones)
Paul Collard ... original research: Kay Laboratories
David Corke ... rat handler
Robin Dalton ... project development
Mary Davies ... assistant to producer
Jonathan Gems ... additional script material
John Hemmings ... laboratory executive: Kay Laboratories
Sandra Nixon ... cashier
Sarah O'Brien ... production assistant
Sarah Rains ... cutting room runner
Jack Ross ... crowd coordinator
Jack Smith ... production accountant
Charles Staffell ... technical supervisor
Rebecca Starr ... accounts secretary
Sue Sudbury ... film researcher
Ann Tasker ... unit publicist
Margaret Waldie ... continuity: second unit / production coordinator
Gerard Wall ... floor runner
Ene Watts ... continuity


Richard Burton ... acknowledgment: with love and admiration
Dennis Davidson ... Acknowledgement
Burton W. Kanter ... special thanks
Gina Rosenblum ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 journey of self-questioning. In doing so, he becomes a thought-criminal. Winston begins to notice that a young Party member, Julia, is watching him. She wears the distinctive sash of the ultra-zealous Anti Sex League and Winston fears that she is an informant. However, to his surprise, she reveals herself as a subversive and they embark on an illicit and dangerous relationship. This prompts Winston to explore deeper the blur between propaganda and reality. Ultimately, it leads him to O'Brien - a member of the Inner Party who sets Winston on an irreversible course of discovery. Written by

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  • 1984 (United Kingdom, English title)
  • 1984 (United States)
  • 1984 (World-wide, English title)
  • 1984 (France)
  • 1984 (Spain)
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  • 113 min
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Budget GBP3,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia In poor health during most of the filming, Richard Burton had great difficulty remembering his lines and sometimes had to film a scene dozens of times before he could get it right. The scene in O'Brien's apartment where O'Brien is talking to Winston about Goldstein's book took a record of forty-one takes for Burton to say his speech without fumbling his lines. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Eurythmics: Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) (1984). See more »
Soundtracks Oceania,'Tis For Thee See more »
Crazy Credits "This film was photographed in and around London during the period April-June 1984, the exact time and setting imagined by the author." See more »
Quotes Winston Smith: [reads from Goldstein's book] "In accordance to the principles of Doublethink, it does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, that victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous. The essential act of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labor. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects. And its object is not victory over Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the very structure of society intact." Julia? Are you awake? There is truth, and there is untruth. To be in a minority of one doesn't make you mad.
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