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  • Actors: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Suzanna Hamilton, Gregory Fisher
  • Directors: Michael Bradford
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Mono, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish, English, German, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015N56U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,957 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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138 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bentley on 4 Jun. 2006
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George Orwell wrote the prophetic words "Freedom is the right to say two plus two equals four" in his novel 1984, a right denied to the people by the fictional government of his book. Many readers drew parallels between the Ingsoc dominated Oceania to Soviet Russia, an analog that remained true until the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. Today, however, the right to state a simple truth is also threatened and a number of precepts from 1984 appear to apply. Consider "Who controls the past controls the future", the function of the Ministry of Truth where the main protagonist Winston Smith works editing the documented past to support the will of the government in the name of democracy and freedom. Ring any bells?

This movie version (and there've been a few) is in my opinion the most complete version painting an horrific picture of an oppressed distrusted people dominated by a brutal self-serving government. Richard Burton in his last role portrays an Ingsoc inner-party member, the inside man to John Hurt's "Winston Smith". Both excel in their roles, they're believable, real, and in Burton's case truly terrifying. Suzanna Hamilton plays the part of Julia, Winston's lover and ultimately the tool of his demise. There are some specifically disturbing scenes in this portrayal, notably the torture of Winston Smith - if ever John Hurt deserved an Oscar, it should have been for 1984.

The movie is one of those pictures that you just can't stop, but are unsure that you can bear to see what happens next. The performances were stunning, the production dark and consistent, the movie a dreadful vision of what could have been, and as every right we enjoy is eroded, could still be.

1984 still stands as important literature for the 21st century and this movie version stands as the definitive version, standing as both an education and a warning.

And remember, if there is hope, it lies with the proles, the real people.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2006
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George Orwell’s unforgettable vision of the future written in 1949 is one of the great 20th century masterpieces, and this film does a superb job of realising it on the screen.
John Hurt brilliantly portrays Winstone Smith’s silent inner rebellion against the Big Brother regime and its stated goals to destroy human feelings by destroying the family, to destroy communication by the destruction of the language, so people become little more than automatons, all overseen by the thought police. His forbidden love affair with Smith’s Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) encapsulates their rebellion beautifully.
Then there is Richard Burton as the inquisitor O’Brien who brain washes Winstone, giving one of the performances of his life. After "1984" Burton filmed “Wagner” (another magnificent performance) two isolated instances of him achieving on film his true potential, ironically just before dying by the end of the year.
The settings are exactly as described in the book, dark, stark, dirty and oppressive. Watching the film one can well believe O’Brien when he says to Winstone “if you want a vision of the future imagine a boot forever stamping on a human face”.
The more arcane aspect of the destruction of language and the development of “Newspeak” is given as much prominence as is commensurate with dramatic necessity.
This production sets a definitive standard for filming “1984” and is a must for all lovers of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EasyGoer2 on 7 April 2012
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This movie which was intended to be in Black & White, was made by Michael Radford with the intention of being downbeat and ultimately depressing. I think he achieved this aim and really captured the essence of Orwell's novel. It was Virgin's insistence to make the movie in colour. It was a very ambitious project that succeeds in making the points intended by the book, especially after having to compromise literary integrity with the commercial imperative of film companies whose main focus is the mass market. FYI, to answer some criticisms on the music, it was commissioned by Radford and created by Dominic Muldowney for the movie. At the final cut, Virgin Films, who financed the movie exercised their prerogative and had a Eurythmics soundtrack inserted with much controversy, although Muldowney's excellent "Oceania, 'tis for thee" was kept in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RealityCheque on 19 July 2012
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I had been looking for this film in vain for a while so finding it on Amazon was a great relief. The DVD delivers just what you want, the film as it appeared in the cinemas in 1984/5. Not a lot of extra features but that is no loss. Richard Burton is great in his last film and John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton portray the doomed lovers ("We are the dead") secretly meeting in a society which is striving to achieve total control of each individual, in so doing going so far as to 'cure' orgasmic pleasure. Seldom does a film do justice to the novel upon which it is based, however director Michael Radford has achieved this with a neat twist, the filming was done on dates corresponding to the events in Orwell's story. And as a great film ending should, this one leaves you wondering, "Are they...?"
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Foolonthehill on 15 Sept. 2007
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The casting for this film is absolutely spot on and refreshingly, the story as depicted on the screen is pretty much faithfull to Orwell's book.

I thoroughly recommend the film to anyone who has an interest in social history and/or social psychology.

Although Orwell set his book in an authoritarian world of people-directed government (no doubt because of his experiences immediately before, during and after the WW2 period) much of what he wrote and which is depicted in the film for citizens of the 20th Century holds good for many employees the 21st Century (Mission Statements, Corporate Culture, Buzz Words, Management-Speak, etc). Merely substitute 'Big Brother' government for 'Big Brother' corporations - and then watch the film.

Scarey stuff...
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