Tom Jones

  • PG
  • Tony Richardson (1963)
  • UK
  • 116 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

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.

Plot 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 and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Tony Richardson

Other Information

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