Director: Michael Radford Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton

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Directed by British filmmaker Michael Radford, Nineteen Eighty-Four is the second film adaptation of the George Orwell novel. The film is set during April of 1984 in post-atomic war London, the capital city of the repressive totalitarian state of Oceania. Winston Smith (John Hurt) is a government bureaucrat whose job is rewriting history and erasing people from existence. While his co-worker Parsons (Gregor Fisher) seems content to follow the state's laws, Winston starts to write in a secret diary despite the fact the "Big Brother" is watching everyone at all times by way of monitors. He silently suffers and tries to comprehend his oppression, which forbids individual human behaviors such as free thinking and sex. He meets Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), who works for the Ministry of Truth, and they engage in a stoic love affair. They are soon found out, and Winston is interrogated and tortured by his former friend O'Brien (Richard Burton in his final film appearance).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2019
UPC: 0715515232210
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 5,647

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, supervised by Cinematographer Roger Deakins, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Two scores: one by Eurythmics and one by composer Dominic Muldowney; New interviews wiht Director Michael Radford and Deakins; New interview with David Ryan, author of George Orwell on Screen; Behind-the-Scenes Footage; Trailer; Plus: An essay by Writer and Performer A.L. Kennedy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Hurt Winston Smith
Richard Burton O'Brien
Suzanna Hamilton Julia
Cyril Cusack Charrington
Gregor Fisher Parsons
James Walker Syme
Andrew Wilde Tillotson
John Hughes Man in White Coat
Martha Parsey Winston's Sister
Norman Bacon Man on Station
David Trevena Tillotson's Friend
David Cann Martin
Anthony Benson Jones
Peter Frye Rutherford
Roger Lloyd Pack Waiter
Rupert Baderman Winston as a Boy
Shirley Stelfox Whore
Janet Key Instructress
Hugh Walters Artsem Lecturer
Robert Putt Shouting Prole
Christine Hargreaves Soup Lady
Garry Cooper Guard
Matthew Scurfield Guard
John Golightly Patrolman
Rolf Saxon Patrolman
Eddie Stacey Executioner
Carey Wilson Party Member
Phyllis Logan Telescreen Announcer
John Boswall Goldstein
Bob Flag Big Brother
Merelina Kendall Mrs. Parsons

Technical Credits
Michael Radford Director,Screenwriter
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Al Clark Co-producer
John Davis Associate Producer
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Robert Devereux Co-producer
Anna Dryhurst Makeup
Eurythmics Score Composer
Jonathan Gems Screenwriter
Martin Herbert Art Director
Grant Hicks Art Director
Mary Hillman Makeup
Rebecca Howard Casting
Annie Lennox Score Composer
Dominic Muldowney Score Composer,Songwriter
Simon Perry Producer
Emma Porteous Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Priestley Editor
Mark Raggett Set Decoration/Design
Chris Rose Asst. Director
Marvin J. Rosenblum Executive Producer
Dave Stewart Score Composer
Bruce White Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer

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1984 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Radford's film of George Orwell's ''1984'' is possibly the finest screen adaptation of a book that I have ever seen. It features the same areas of London that Orwell portrayed in his book (Silvertown & Beckton) and was even filmed in the same time period that in which the book is set (April-June 1984). The film is probably best-remembered for Richard Burton's final role as the hideous-yet-sympathetic O'Brien, whilst John Hurt is equally excellent as the ultimately-doomed Winston Smith. I feel, however, I must comment on an earlier reviewer's ''warning'' that the Eurythmics' music has been replaced by ''somber violins'' (sic) for this DVD. This is simply not the case. I remember back in London in 1985 when director Michael Radford won, and subsequently refused, the BAFTA ''Best Picture'' award simply because the Eurythmics' soundtrack had replaced Dominic Muldowney's original score without Radford's permission and against his wishes. Muldowney's music - featured on this DVD - is extraordinarily sensitive, well-conceived and suits the mood of the story perfectly. It is good to see Michael Radford's vision of Orwell's future finally restored (and if you REALLY want to hear the Eurythmics music, go and buy their CD... that's where it belongs, NOT on ''someone else's film..!'')
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why did they have to ruin the soundtrack to this awesome work from 1984? The worst torment was lamenting the loss of the haunting strains of ''Julia'' during the closing credits and then to see the reference to the absent Eurythmic's soundtrack. Insult to injury. Still, a powerful adaptation and excellent story about the revisionst world we live in. When they release it with the correct soundtrack, I'll buy it again.