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Animal Farm (1999)

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The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny amongst themselves.

Director:

John Stephenson

Writers:

George Orwell (novel), Alan Janes (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Snowball (voice)
Ian Holm ... Squealer (voice)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Mollie (voice)
Julia Ormond ... Jessie (voice)
Pete Postlethwaite ... Benjamin (voice) / Farmer Jones
Paul Scofield ... Boxer (voice)
Patrick Stewart ... Napoleon (voice)
Peter Ustinov ... Old Major (voice)
Alan Stanford Alan Stanford ... Farmer Pilkington
Caroline Gray Caroline Gray ... Mrs. Jones
Gail Fitzpatrick Gail Fitzpatrick ... Mrs. Pilkington
Jimmy Keogh Jimmy Keogh ... Dennis
Noel O'Donovan Noel O'Donovan ... Eric
Gerard Walsh Gerard Walsh ... Farmer Fredericks
Jer O'Leary ... Farmer
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A satire of Stalinist Russia, this story tells of the revolt of the animals of Manor Farm against their human masters. Led by the pigs Snowball (Trotsky) and Napoleon (Stalin), the animals attempt to create a utopian society. Soon, however, Napoleon gets a taste for power, drives out Snowball, and establishes a totalitarian regime as brutal and corrupt as any human society. Manor Farm becomes a world where all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. Written by David Rickard

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farm | pig | communism | speech | satire | See All (63) »

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There's a new day dawning on the farm.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Trivia

In a revised first draft of the script, co-Writer Martyn Burke had Jessie set to be a six-month-old male Border Collie. This idea was later dropped, and Jessie was made an adult female instead, to give the audiences more sympathy for the main character. See more »

Goofs

When the laws painted on the side of the barn are read for the first time, in the close-up shots some of them are already in the altered forms they take later in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Boxer: I... I can work harder.
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Connections

Referenced in Adult Babies (2017) See more »

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Song of the Grateful Duck
Written by Richard Harvey
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Preferred the Older One!
7 November 2007 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

I would have liked to have seen this version of George Orwell's classic, Animal Farm, to be animated rather than a live action film. I am not saying that the film is not worthy but I liked the older one with animation. I think anything with animals would be better off animated in the first place. They have a first rate cast including Kelsey Grammar, Julie Ormond, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Peter Postlethwaite as Mr. Jones in a noteworthy performance. I can see why Spielberg claims that Postlethwaite is one of his favorite actors or one of the best under-rated actors around. The film is satisfactory and updated enough for today's audiences.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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