Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Tony Richardson (1963)

123min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This massively popular period romp carted off four Oscars, including best picture and best director. It was always arch, overlong and uncertain of tone, but nevertheless very funny and extraordinarily bawdy, especially in the notorious eating scene between Albert Finney (as Tom) and Joyce Redman. Technically, the film was massively influential and the desaturated colour, speeded-up action and lewd narration characterised the 1960s "Swinging England" cinema, and attracted all of the Hollywood majors to make movies here.

Summary

Eighteenth-century lothario Tom Jones is driven away by his adoptive family for his scandalous behaviour and heads for London to seek his fortune. The rogue embarks on an affair with a wealthy noblewoman, but finds himself pursued by a face from the past who is convinced Tom has also seduced his wife. Period comedy, starring Albert Finney, Susannah York, Diane Cilento and Joan Greenwood.

Cast & Crew

Tom Jones Albert Finney
Sophie Western Susannah York
Squire Western Hugh Griffith
Miss Western Edith Evans
Molly Seagrim Diane Cilento
Squire Allworthy George Devine
Mrs Waters / Jenny Jones Joyce Redman
Lady Bellaston Joan Greenwood
Blifil David Warner
Honour Patsy Rowlands
Mrs Fitzpatrick Rosalind Knight
Susan Lynn Redgrave
Director Tony Richardson
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: May be edited for nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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