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1984 (1984)

John Hurt , Richard Burton , Michael Radford  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher
  • Directors: Michael Radford
  • Writers: Michael Radford, George Orwell
  • Producers: Al Clark, John Davis, Marvin J. Rosenblum, Robert Devereux, Simon Perry
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KQA3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,579 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "1984" on IMDb

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Movie Description A fine and stunning screen adaptation of George Orwell's prophetic 1948 novel about a world in which the government completely controls the masses by controlling their thoughts, altering history and even changing the meaning of words to suit its needs. This was Richard Burton's final film. Film Notes "1984" was Richard Burton's final feature film.Free upgrade to first class mail.

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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best book adaptations ever February 6, 2004
Format:DVD
"Nineteen Eighty-Four" (the actual on-screen title) is a rare example of a film adaptation of a book that faithfully transfers the visions and theme of the book's author, right down to even filming on the dates that the author specified (April-June 1984). George Orwell's frightening, hellish novel of a future where freedom has vanished, even from the minds of human beings, has been turned into an equally frightening film version. Its tale of a government that seeks to utterly crush the human spirit through propaganda, language, and fear, turning human beings into programmed machines, has never been more frightening than today. It is a book and movie for all times, as long as governments lie, tyrannies exist, and people surrender their freedoms in the name of fears, both real and imagined.
The casting couldn't be more perfect. John Hurt, looking worn and stretched past his years, is the ideal actor to play "little rebel" Winston Smith, who dares to think against the mysterious Big Brother and to fall in love. In his last film role, Richard Burton is like a glaring Greek Statue, stern and unflappable and scary. It's an unnerving and great performance. As for Suzanna Hamilton, Winston's love Julia, I was shocked when I first saw the movie: she matched exactly the image of Julia I had in my head when I read the book.
Director Michael Radford (who also directed "Il Postino") imagines the world of George Orwell exactly as the author would have if he had directed the film: as a wrecked vision of late-40s Britain if it had lost World War II. The set design is stunning, combing some high technology (video screens and computers) with rusty mid-forties technology (pneumatic tubes, rotary phones). Everywhere is decay and deprivation.
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214 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Boot Off Of My Face! April 8, 2003
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Attention: For those who did not read George Orwell's classic dystopian novel "1984" in high school, college, or through personal initiative, please take the time to do so before diving into the soul shattering experience of the film version of this book, aptly titled "1984." I imagine that many viewers could experience lapses of extreme boredom if they do not have a sufficient understanding of newspeak, thoughtcrime, and the political dynamics of Oceania/Eastasia/Eurasia before experiencing this soul shattering film. You might even want to read a few items about communism and fascism before watching the movie. In any event, the book and film are chilling in their presentation of a world in the grip of pure totalitarianism.
Originally released in 1984, "1984" tells the story of Winston Smith. Smith lives and works in what used to be the city of London, before an atomic war swept away the world as we know it and ushered in the dark gloom of Big Brother. Smith spends his days working away in a booth at the Ministry of Information, constantly updating and rewriting the party organs in order to make history fit with present realities. In the course of a day's work, Winston routinely changes rationing promises, removes people labeled as "non-persons" from articles, and burns records. During his off hours, he sits in his ratty apartment under the constant surveillance of the state, which keeps an eye on him through a giant monitor in his living room and with hovering helicopters outside his window. Occasionally, Winston gets to attend giant party rallies where he and other members of INGSOC watch televised propaganda tapes about the endless war with Eastasia (or is it Eurasia?).
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
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Michael Radford's film of George Orwell's novel is perhaps the greatest cinematic adaptation ever made from a well-known literary source, and it stands out as one of the most memorable and underrated British films of the past thirty years. Radford treats the book neither as grim political prophecy nor as Wellsian flight of sci-fi futurist speculation. Instead, we are presented with the ruined world of 1948 as seen through a glass darkly - NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR done straight as a kind of medieval morality play for the post-totalitarian age. The end credits inform us, with but a modest air of self-importance, that the picture was shot "in and around London, April-June 1984, at the exact place and time imagined by the author." And the uncanny meta-fictional parallels don't stop there: the actors are so close to Orwell's descriptions, they practically seem born for their roles.
Resembling a gaunt, ashen-faced figure out of Egon Schiele, John Hurt is ideally cast as Winston Smith. As Julia, Suzanna Hamilton (first seen as a lovelorn dairymaid in Polanski's TESS and then as the paralyzed daughter in BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE) has a haunting and mysteriously stirring presence. Beyond the bluff, two-dimensional gamine of the novel, she brings a genuine warmth, substance, and fascination to her character - a little reminiscent, at times, of a young Harriet Andersson sans the continental coquettishness. Her pale, wiry, broad-hipped body has a simple, unaffected, even startling beauty; and in her more physically revealing scenes (there are many in the film), she radiates all the tactile sensual grace of a nude by Munch or Degas.
The late Richard Burton, featured in his last screen role, is the oracular Thanatos to Hamilton's Eros.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine a Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever
George Orwell's dystopian classic NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR drew film offers like sugar draws flies--but Orwell's widow, Sonia Brownell, was not enthusiastic. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Gary F. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Having read the book I was able to follow the ...
Having read the book I was able to follow the story. I do not think one who has not read the book would connect all of its meaning.
Published 1 day ago by jasper
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie for class
Not a good movie for me. Only watched it for a class and couldn't find the movie in any rental store.
Published 1 day ago by Blair Krueger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic!
Published 2 days ago by Dan Ballard
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Slow and dark.
Published 4 days ago by Abril Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars I definitely enjoyed the read as well as the movie
Read the book. The movie presents a much more depressing view. I definitely enjoyed the read as well as the movie. Worth watching.
Published 8 days ago by R. Gutmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing over and over
Great movie, done as close to he traditions of the book.
Published 17 days ago by Kevin M. Fries
5.0 out of 5 stars A little security, at the expense of Liberty, is the recipe, for Big...
Contrary to what many would say, namely, this movie, only speaks to Orwell's time, this movie reminds us all, we must be, ever vigilant against a government that seeks to protect... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Bryan K. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-filmed representation of this classic novel of oppression
I was surprised how well 1984 was translated to film. The gritty feel, the dull terror, Winston's faint hope-against-hope that is always mixed with desperation and resignation... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Joanna Daneman
5.0 out of 5 stars 1984 a close match to the original story
It followed the Book very closely. I have a laserdisc copy as well.
Published 23 days ago by Charles J. Wilhelm
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