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1984 (1956)






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A prosaic filmization of George Orwell's cautionary novel, 1984 is set in a futuristic totalitarian society where individuality is forbidden. The ruler is the never-seen "Big Brother," whose minions have monitored and bugged the activities of the populace so that no one can harbor any "subversive" thoughts. Edmond O'Brien plays Winston Smith, a government functionary satisfied with his lot, until he commits the illegal act of falling in love with Julia (Jan Sterling), a member of the anti-sex league. The lovers try to escape the all-powerful influence of Big Brother, but their every move is recorded by listening and viewing devices. Both are captured and sent to rehabilitation centers; preying upon Winston's and Julia's innermost fears, the lieutenants of Big Brother break down their resistance and force them to betray one another. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Michael Redgrave
as Gen. O'Connor
Edmond O'Brien
as Winston Smith
David Kossoff
as Charrington the Junk...
Carol Wolveridge
as Selina Parsons
Ernest Clark
as Outer Party Announce...
Patrick Allen
as Inner Party Official
Ronan O'Casey
as Rutherford
Michael Ripper
as Outer Pany Orator
Ewen Solon
as Outer Party Orator
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Critic Reviews for 1984

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 17, 2009
Top Critic

There is a kind of glum, low-rent fatality to the production that suggests oppression through attrition

Full Review… | August 24, 2006

Flat, badly miscast film version of the Orwell landmark.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
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Audience Reviews for 1984

A film that is very much of it's time, but somehow manages to stay current and important with each generation. It's well made, believable and affecting; choosing not to blame Communism (as a lot of western films of the 50s did), or the supposed democracy of the west, which is very refreshing. Something I'd recommend everyone to watch.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


Gosh this is bad, for those of you that have not read the book the film may be acceptable, but if you have then you would notice how degenerated this version is. The film completely tossed the book aside and made up it's own Hollywood-ized version, fat old Winston, blond Julia,silly telescreen, melodramatic plot. The worst part was that they changed the ending to make the film seem like a romance movie. It toned down a lot of the torture and key themes in the film, the names were changed, the details were changed, it doesn't even talk have a subtext of anti communism anymore. Please, read the book before watching this film. The mise en scene was good though, it really matched the description in the book.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

George Orwell's "1984" made two great motion pictures of same title. Sort of looks like disutopia under George Walker Bush Junior, don't it?

Herbert Hillary Booker II


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