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1984 (1956)

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Movie Info

The film is about a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

Cast

Michael Redgrave
as Gen. O'Connor
Edmond O'Brien
as Winston Smith
David Kossoff
as Charrington the Junk Shop Owner
Carol Wolveridge
as Selina Parsons
Ernest Clark
as Outer Party Announcer
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 (2)

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

August 24, 2006

Flat, badly miscast film version of the Orwell landmark.

September 17, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for 1984

½

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

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
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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