Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
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In the year 1984, rocket bombs and rats prey on the inhabitants of the crumbling metropolis of London. Far away on the Malabar Front, a seemingly interminable war rages against Eastasia. The Ministry of Truth broadcasts ceaselessly to the population via its inescapable network of telescreens. These devices, which pervade all aspects of peoples' lives, are also capable of monitoring their every word and action. They form part of an elaborate surveillance system used by the Ministry of Love, and its dreaded agents the Thought Police, to serve their singular goal: the elimination of 'thoughtcrime'. Winston Smith is a Party worker - part of the vast social caste known as the Outer Party, the rank and file of the sprawling apparatus of government. Winston works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth - the section charged with modifying historical news archives for consistency. When by chance Winston uncovers incontrovertible proof that the Party is lying, he embarks on a journey of self-questioning. In doing so, he becomes a thought-criminal. Winston begins to notice that a young Party member, Julia, is watching him. She wears the distinctive sash of the ultra-zealous Anti Sex League and Winston fears that she is an informant. However, to his surprise, she reveals herself as a subversive and they embark on an illicit and dangerous relationship. This prompts Winston to explore deeper the blur between propaganda and reality. Ultimately, it leads him to O'Brien - a member of the Inner Party who sets Winston on an irreversible course of discovery.
George Orwell's Terrifying Vision Comes To The Screen.
Title: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Release Date: December 14, 1984
Runtime: 113 mins
All Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.1
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Category: Horror Movies Starting With N
MPAA Rating: R
John Hurt ...Winston Smith
Richard Burton ...O'Brien
Suzanna Hamilton ...Julia
Cyril Cusack ...Charrington
Gregor Fisher ...Parsons
James Walker ...Syme
Andrew Wilde ...Tillotson
David Trevena ...Tillotson's Friend
David Cann ...Martin
Anthony Benson ...Jones
Peter Frye ...Rutherford
Roger Lloyd Pack ...Waiter (as Roger Lloyd Pack)
Rupert Baderman ...Winston as a Boy
Corinna Seddon ...Winston's Mother
Martha Parsey ...Winston's Sister
Merelina Kendall ...Mrs. Parsons
P.J. Nicholas ...William Parsons
Lynne Radford ...Susan Parsons
Pip Donaghy ...Inner Party Speaker
Shirley Stelfox ...Whore
Janet Key ...Instructress
Hugh Walters ...Artsem Lecturer
John Hughes ...Man in White Coat
Robert Putt ...Shouting Prole
Christine Hargreaves ...Soup Lady
Garry Cooper ...Guard
Matthew Scurfield ...Guard
John Golightly ...Patrolman
Rolf Saxon ...Patrolman
Ole Oldendorp ...Eurasian Soldier
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Marvin J. Rosenblum
"Oceania,'Tis For Thee"
More Movie Taglines:
- George Orwell's Terrifying Vision Comes To The Screen.
- Big Brother is Watching...
- The year of the movie. The movie of the year.
- O'Brien: If you want a vision of the future, Winston, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.
Winston Smith: Thoughtcrime is death. Thoughtcrime does not entail death. Thoughtcrime IS death. I have committed even before setting pen to paper the essential crime that contains all others unto itself.
[Winston writes in his forbidden diary] Winston Smith: April the 4th, 1984. To the past, or to the future. To an age when thought is free. From the Age of Big Brother, from the Age of the Thought Police, from a dead man... greetings.
Syme: Beautiful thing, the destruction of words.
[Winston writes in his forbidden diary] Winston Smith: If there is hope, it lies in the proles. If they could become conscious of their own strength, they would have no need to conspire. History does not matter to them.
- Alexandra Palace, London, was built in 1873 as a "pleasure palace of the people" and named after the then-Princess of Wales. It was destroyed by fire a fortnight after opening. The present building was built in 1875 and lasted a bit longer. It was gutted by fire in 1980 and the roofless shell provided the structure for the rallies in Victory Square.
Scenes were shot on the actual days noted in Winston Smith's diary (The scene where Smith writes in his diary, dating the entry April 4, 1984, was shot on April 4, 1984).
Richard Burton was fourth choice for his role. Paul Scofield, Sean Connery and Anthony Hopkins were also considered.
This film was dedicated to the memory of Richard Burton.
Executive Producer Marvin J. Rosenblum, a Chicago lawyer, secured the film rights to the novel from Orwell's widow, Sonia Brownell, shortly before she died in 1980. It took a lot of persuading on Mr. Rosenblum's part before Mrs. Orwell eventually agreed to allow him to produce the film only under the stipulation that no futuristic sci-fi special effects be used to tell the story. Mrs. Orwell was said to have hated the 1956 version of "Nineteen Eighty-four" starring Edmond O'Brien and Jan Sterling. She was also appalled when David Bowie proposed turning "Nineteen Eighty-four" into a rock musical in the mid-1970s.
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