1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) Movie Review

1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

1984 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance
113 minutes /

User Score: 60/100


George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four Review

Michael Radford’s adaption of George Orwell’s foreboding literary premonition casts John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton as lovers who must keep their courtship secret. Aside from criminalizing sex and interpersonal relationships, the ruling party in their country Oceania both fabricates reality and reconstructs history for the sake of oppressing the masses. They brainwash their citizens via large, propaganda-spewing TV monitors installed in their living rooms, which also inspect everyone’s activities. Hurt and Hamilton are among the few we see desperately trying to fight the system by keeping control of their thoughts and beliefs. While the atmosphere becomes a bit too stifling at times, the images are quite striking with their muted colors and dilapidated sets. In an interesting bit of casting, Richard Burton costars (in his final role) as a government agent who surreptitiously exposes Hurt to the ideas of resistance. Unlike many like-minded films, 1984 does not offer a flashy vision of the future, but then that aspect makes it feel all the more real. In an age when more and more of our everyday activities are being scrutinized, Big Brother may not be so far off after all.

About 1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Title: 1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four
AKA: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Year: 1984
Runtime: 113 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 5 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 5
Starring: John Hurt, Fred Wood, Roger Lloyd Pack, Norman Bacon, Suzanna Hamilton, Lucien Morgan, Janet Key, Richard Burton, John Hughes, Christine Hargreaves, Matthew Scurfield, John Golightly, Peter Frye, Rolf Saxon, Ole Oldendorp, Rupert Baderman, Corinna Seddon, Eddie Stacey, Martha Parsey, Merelina Kendall, P.J. Nicholas, John Foss, Lynne Radford, Carey Wilson, Pip Donaghy, Mitzi McKenzie, Cyril Cusack, Shirley Stelfox, Phyllis Logan, Gregor Fisher
Writers: George Orwell, Michael Radford
Director: Michael Radford

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