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1984 (1984)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (original title)
R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 22 March 1985 (USA)
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In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director:

Michael Radford

Writers:

George Orwell (novel), Michael Radford
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Winston Smith
Richard Burton ... O'Brien
Suzanna Hamilton ... Julia
Cyril Cusack ... Charrington
Gregor Fisher ... Parsons
James Walker James Walker ... Syme
Andrew Wilde ... Tillotson
David Trevena David Trevena ... Tillotson's Friend
David Cann David Cann ... Martin
Anthony Benson Anthony Benson ... Jones
Peter Frye Peter Frye ... Rutherford
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Waiter
Rupert Baderman Rupert Baderman ... Winston Smith as a Boy
Corinna Seddon Corinna Seddon ... Winston's Mother
Martha Parsey Martha Parsey ... Winston's Sister
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Longing for freedom, a lowly, hapless Outer Circle bureaucrat of the Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith, summons up the courage to write down his unspoken desires in his little secret diary, in itself an illegal act. Serving silently at the pleasure of the grim, autocratic hyper-state of Oceania, Smith knows the INGSOC (English Socialist Party)'s supreme leader, the omnipotent Big Brother, watches his every move. As the permanent totalitarian government tightens its suffocating stranglehold more and more, Smith meets Julia, another rebel, and a dangerous clandestine affair begins. There's no turning back. Sooner or later, the illicit couple will have to pay as sex is meant for procreation only and deriving pleasure from it is also a crime, an intimate one often reported by one of the participants to the terrifying Thought Police. What makes a good citizen? Written by Nick Riganas/Robert Sieger

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Big Brother is Watching... See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The random bombing of Airstrip One by "rocket bombs" is based on the V-1 "Buzz bombs" and the V-2 ballistic rockets, which struck England at random during World War II from 1944 to 1945. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Winston is sitting in the Chestnut Tree Café (acute accent over the e). In the book (before there were accent marks), it was Cafe. Also, given what society was like in movie, Café feels wrong. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Big Brother: [voice-over] This is our land. A land of peace and of plenty. A land of harmony and hope. This is our land. Oceania. These are our people. The workers, the strivers, the builders. These are our people. The builders of our world, struggling, fighting, bleeding, dying. On the streets of our cities and on the far-flung battlefields. Fighting against the mutilation of our hopes and dreams. Who are they?
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits finish and the screen goes black, the monotonous end-title music keeps droning on for nine more minutes. See more »

Alternate Versions

From director of photography Roger Deakins: "Be careful which '1984' you watch as some do not have the 'Bleach Bypass' effect built in. As the effect was done on all the prints, the IP and subsequent INs do not reflect the intended look of the film." See more »

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Referenced in V for Vendetta (2005) See more »

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chillingly brutal in its depiction of a disturbing dystopia
3 June 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

This brilliant adaptation of George Orwell's immoral classic of the same name nearly matches its source material in terms of quality (which is quite the achievement, considering the fact that "1984" is by far one of the greatest novels I have ever read). The chilling direction and pitch perfect performances help make this disturbing vision all the more of a truthful gut punch. The fact that such a hard hitting and seemingly over the top story remains entirely relevant in today's chaotic political climate is both a disgrace and a testament to Orwell's genius, and the cinematic capturing of Orwell's classic is one of practically unbeatable quality. While little to nothing is added to the plot, the visual accompaniment of the story enhances its impact. The cinematography is fittingly dull, soaked entirely of the joys o color. The performances are simply perfect, making this one of the few novel adaptations I have seen in which I felt that the actors absolutely nailed their performing of the original work's dialogue. At the center of this terrifying satire is the performance of Richard Burton who is both subtle and mind blowingly horrifying in his indescribably villainous role, while John Hurt provides a sometimes timid, sometimes paranoid, and other times absolutely petrified protagonist that attempts to escape from the norms of the totalitarian society he is forced to live in.

While not necessarily a "horror" movie, there is no doubt that "1984" is among the most genuinely SCARY films that I have ever seen. Both the book and film have succeeded in making me shake like drug addicted pepper and salt shakers. The dystopia depicted here accurately displays the horror of an overly controlling and oppressive government system forcing its propaganda upon those below, and outwardly embracing anti-free speech and pro-war beliefs. I must restate how sadly relevant this work remains.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,897, 16 December 1984

Gross USA:

$8,430,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,430,492
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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