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“This 1984 is not an easy film to watch, but it exerts a fascination that demands attention even as you want to turn away from it”
-New York Times
“The 1954 film version of Orwell’s novel turned it into a cautionary, simplistic science fiction tale. This version penetrates much more deeply into the novel’s heart of darkness”
“Director Michael Radford successfully translated Orwell’s vision of the future in his adaptation of 1984…it made no attempt to update the descriptions in the book, and the result was a movie that managed to retain the bleak, post-war atmosphere of its source”
-Den of Geek
Michael Radford, UK 1984, 110mins, certificate 15
This stunning film adaption journeys straight to the heart of the nightmare portrayed in George Orwell’s terrifying classic. John Hurt is “perfectly cast” (Radio Times) as the doomed rebel, and Richard Burton is a model of powerful restraint as a sadistic agent of the ruling party.
Winston Smith [Hurt] endures a squalid existence in totalitarian Oceania under the constant surveillance of Big Brother. But his life takes a horrifying turn when he begins a forbidden love affair and commits the crime of independent thought. Sent to the chillingly labelled “Ministry of Love”, he is placed at the mercy of O’Brien [Burton] a coolly treacherous leader determined to control his thoughts, and crush his soul.