• 1984 (1984)


Release Date: December 14th, 1984

DVD Release Date: March 4th, 2003

R |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

A man loses his identity while living under a repressive regime. In a story based on George Orwell's classic novel, Winston Smith (John Hurt) is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country's leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship -- and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.

Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, Andrew Wilde, David Trevena

Director: Michael Radford

Genres: Science Fiction

Production Co: Paramount

Keywords: 1980s, Fall, Girlfriend, Underdog, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    Radford's 1984 is a time of relentless oppression in every corner of life, and his images -- corroded, soiled, darkly corrupted -- speak of Orwell as eloquently as the characters. [15 Mar 1985, p.D6]

  • 60
    Ian NathanEmpire

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

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Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)