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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

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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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Revolução dos Bichos See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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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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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 »

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In most of the shots of Jessie where computer technology added in her mouth movements, her black pigmentation above the left side of her nose was added on the right side instead. Her markings are correct, but her nose pigmentation is flipped. See more »

Quotes

Benjamin: All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
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Featured in Secrets and Mysteries of Animal Farm (1999) See more »

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Song of the Grateful Duck
Written by Richard Harvey
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29 June 2005 | by igotranoverSee all my reviews

Considering Orwell's brilliance of Animal Farm, this is a shambles compared to the book's ingenious. Badly written and acted, but still possessed a minor amount of qualities that Animal Farm had. Everything just seemed too cheesy, and most of all, not very good. The character interpretations were absolutely terrible, and no one cared about any one of the humans. As always, Napoleon is hated bitterly by most, and Snowball is seen as the hero, but I didn't care in this film.

And they actually cut out some of the events from the f*****g book! Why? There's no point! It's a bit embarrassing to watch the film.

I wouldn't say this was rubbish, just an average attempt at trying to portray the book's intelligence; ending up with a film to be watched once, and never again.


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