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Tom Jones (1963)



Critic Consensus: A frantic, irreverent adaptation of the novel, bolstered by Albert Finney's courageous performance and arresting visuals.

Movie Info

Tom (Albert Finney) is the rollicking playboy who has grown up in the house of Squire Allworthy (George Devine) after being born under the hushed whispers of illegitimate circumstances. He has eyes for the girl next door, but Sophie (Susannah York) is promised to another. When she rejects the older, unscrupulous groom, Tom is accused of a crime he didn't commit after Sophie publicly declares her love for him. Tom runs off to London where he is housed by Mrs. Waters (Joyce Redmon), who may or may not be his real mother and now goes by the name of Jenny Jones. They sit down to a hilariously funny and erotic scene at a dinner table. Nothing is spoken as the food becomes symbolic of their upcoming sexual passion. Tom looks for a napkin to wipe his hands after the meal and ends up using his hair. Jenny offers to teach him some of the more refined aspects of London's social elite. Tom later escapes the gallows after he is cleared of any wrongdoing. Written by Henry Fielding in 1749, the author gained a new legion of followers after the popularity of the film. Nominated for ten Academy Awards, Tom Jones received Oscars for best picture, screenplay, direction and musical score. It remains a bawdy comedy of lighthearted sexual escapades and vaulted Finney to international stardom.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Osborne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 1997
Woodfall Film Productions

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Albert Finney
as Tom Jones
Susannah York
as Sophie Western
Hugh Griffith
as Squire Western
Edith Evans
as Miss Western
Joan Greenwood
as Lady Bellaston
Diane Cilento
as Molly Seagrim
George Devine
as Squire Allworthy
David Tomlinson
as Lord Fellamar
Joyce Redman
as Mrs. Waters
George A. Cooper
as Fitzpatrick
Wilfred Lawson
as Black George
Rosalind Atkinson
as Mrs. Miller
Angela Baddeley
as Mrs. Wilkins
Peter Bull
as Thwackum
James Jackson
as Mr. Seagrim
Rachel Kempson
as Bridget Allworthy
Wilfrid Lawson
as Black George
Rosalind Knight
as Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Jack MacGowran
as Partridge
Redmond Phillips
as Lawyer Dowling
Mark Dignam
as Lieutenant
Avis Bunnage
as Landlady at George I...
Jack Stewart
as MacLachlan
Michael Brennan
as the Jailor at Newgat...
Freda Jackson
as Mrs. Seagrim
James Cairncross
as Parson Supple
Julian Glover
as Northerton
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Critic Reviews for Tom Jones

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8)

A fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek movie about an engaging foundling.

Full Review… | February 18, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

While Tom remains a lot of fun, he's just not the irreverent Young Turk he seemed three decades ago.

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic from a time when "bawdy" wasn't bad and sex comedies still celebrated sex.

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The film is a way-out, walleyed, wonderful exercise in cinema. It is also a social satire written in blood with a broadaxe. It is bawdy as the British were bawdy when a wench had to wear five petticoats to barricade her virtue.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It has sex, Eastmancolor, some prime performers and plenty of action.

Full Review… | January 28, 2008
Top Critic

Despite the fitful energy and the beauty of the settings, the ugliness of the mise en scene and the crudity of the editing tend to triumph.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tom Jones


a messy disappointment - maybe cuz the washed out mgm dvd transfer blows

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

The wanderings of the wittiest eighteen century bastard-gentleman. An enormous Albert Finney and an equally great supporting cast give life to Tony Richardon's vivacious, rhythmic and cunning storytelling. Full of charm.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Including a famous seduction scene involving the rapturous eating of a meal, the best hunt ever filmed bar none, and a handful of zesty performances of outsized characters, this playful romp is hard to ignore and as much a testament to its time as 2001: A Space Odyssey, however much this testifies to a courser if truer side of human events.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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