1984

1984

1984

John Hurt leads Oscar-nominated director Michael Radford's take on George Orwell's classic novel of a totalitarian future society, where everyday workers are constantly observed by the ruling government who rule with an iron fist.

1984113 minsUK
DramaScience FictionClassic
Director:
Michael Radford ('The Music of Silence', 'The Merchant of Venice', 'Elsa & Fred')
Writer:
Michael Radford
Cast:
John HurtRichard BurtonSuzanna HamiltonCyril Cusack

1984 | Reviews

74%27 reviews

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A solidly made, sternly acted, and faithful realisation of the distopian novel.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

The performances in the film are excellent, and its look is entirely appropriate and mesmerizing--but only for a while. The film's basic flaw is that it's just too painful, too depressing, and too slow to watch.

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Variety

Variety

In this unremitting downer, writer-director Michael Radford introduces no touches of comedy or facile sensationalism to soften a harsh depiction of life under a totalitarian system as imagined by George Orwell in 1948.

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