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Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

TV-14 | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 May 2018 (Russia)
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In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young woman...and begins to rebel against society.

Director:

Ramin Bahrani

Writers:

Ray Bradbury (based on the novel written by), Ramin Bahrani (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael B. Jordan ... Guy Montag
Aaron Davis Aaron Davis ... Child Montag
Cindy Katz ... Yuxie (voice)
Michael Shannon ... Captain Beatty
Mayko Nguyen ... Newscaster
Dylan Taylor ... Fireman Douglas
Saad Siddiqui ... Fireman Stone
Katherine Cullen ... Girl Eel
Edsson Morales ... Guy Eel
Jordan Baker Jordan Baker ... Reciting Child
Nathanial Buzzanga-Silveira Nathanial Buzzanga-Silveira ... Reciting Child (as Nathaniel Buzzanga-Silveira)
Charlotte Flint Charlotte Flint ... Reciting Child
Luke Flint Luke Flint ... Reciting Child
Malakai Fox Malakai Fox ... Neighbor
Marni Hogg Marni Hogg ... Neighbor
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In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young woman...and begins to rebel against society.

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Knowledge is a dangerous thing

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2018 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Fahrenheit 451 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Brad Pitt was considered for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

At around 54 Minutes into the Film, Michael Shannons character Cpt. Beatty speaks to his men with a megaphone. This scene is completely mirrored, as Beattys Leathercoat has his Button Row now on the left side, and the 451 on the Fire-Truck is mirrored, too. See more »

Quotes

Clarisse McClellan: Who do I always make you nervous?
Guy Montag: You don't.
Clarisse McClellan: When I see you burning up Eel's lives, you don't look nervous.
Guy Montag: That's because I'm very good at my job.
Clarisse McClellan: Hmm. Have you ever thought, even for one second, why you do what you do? You should try reading before burning.
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Written by Everdell / Friedman
Performed by The Hundred in the Hands
Courtesy of Warp Records
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Book burners
10 June 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I found Francois Truffaut's film version of Fahrenheit 451 hard going, not helped by a distant performance from star Oskar Werner.

Ramin Bahrani reimagines the Ray Bradbury novel. He sets it in an era of fake news, fake history, disinformation. Propaganda at its best. Burn books and you can reinvent an alternative timeline.

Set in a future Dystopia, Guy Montag (Michael P Jordan) and his mentor Captain Beatty (Michael Shannon) are firemen after a second civil war America who burn books, a tradition that goes far back as Benjamin Franklin! It is easier to control people if they could not find information and think for themselves. It was easy to keep people happy if they do not get offended from what they read.

Montag carries out his work diligently and is in line for promotion but gets taken in by the Eels, a counter group who preserve the information contained in books. They learn books by heart, the upload it on the net, they rebel against the government.

Shannon can play the villain in his sleep. Jordan has the harder part but he is rather vacuous, maybe he is meant to be that way, a person who has never learned to think or question for himself.

There are some good ideas in this film but they never hang together or are fully realised. With two failed adaptations, I think Bradbury's novel might come across better on the page than on the screen.


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