Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Michael Radford (1984)

110min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
John Hurt is perfectly cast as the government cog who enters into a relationship with co-worker Suzanna Hamilton as an act of rebellion in this dramatisation of George Orwell's classic novel. Inspired less by Soviet tyranny than the paranoia induced by British wartime censorship and propaganda, Orwell's study of a dystopian future has lost none of its pessimism and dread. Much bleaker than the 1955 version, Michael Radford's superbly designed film holds out little hope that the human spirit will be able to withstand the onset of totalitarianism. Hurt gives a magnificent performance and his encounter with Richard Burton, as the personification of "Big Brother's" omnipresence, provides the dramatic highlight.

Summary

A bureaucrat in a totalitarian society whose populace are kept under constant surveillance begins to question the regime he works for, and begins a secret, illegal relationship with a fellow subversive. However, their small rebellion is doomed to end in tragedy. Futuristic drama based on George Orwell's novel, starring John Hurt Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.

Cast & Crew

Winston Smith John Hurt
O'Brien Richard Burton
Julia Suzanna Hamilton
Charrington Cyril Cusack
Parsons Gregor Fisher
Syme James Walker
Tillotson Andrew Wilde
Director Michael Radford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Contains violence and nudity.Available on: video and DVD
Drama