Nineteen Eighty-Four

Film, Science fiction

Time Out says

Sensibly realising that science fiction is always a distortion of the time at which it was written rather than a prediction of the future, Radford aligns himself with Anthony Burgess' suggestion that the book only makes sense as 1948, with its food rationing, its housing shortages, bad cigarettes and Churchillian slogans. The look of the film certainly achieves the right rubble-strewn, monochrome period feel with precision and genuinely cinematic scope. Perhaps the greatest hurdle cleared, however, is the problem of incident. Radford's achievement is to have incorporated the impossible preaching and crazed ideas into the fabric with hardly any loose threads. The locations look very like modern Britain; and Burton at last found the one serious role for which he searched all his life. CPea.

By: CPea


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

Michael Radford
Michael Radford, Jonathan Gems
John Hurt
Richard Burton
Suzanna Hamilton
Cyril Cusack
Gregor Fisher
James Walker
Andrew Wilde
Phyllis Logan
Shirley Stefox
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