1984 (1956 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Anderson
Produced by N. Peter Rathvon
Written by Ralph Gilbert Bettison
William Templeton
George Orwell (novel)
Starring Edmond O'Brien
Michael Redgrave
Jan Sterling
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography C.M. Pennington-Richards
Editing by Bill Lewthwaite
Studio Holiday Film Productions Ltd.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates 1956
Running time 90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £80,073[1]

1984 is a 1956 film loosely based on the novel of the same name by George Orwell of a totalitarian future society. This is the first cinema rendition of the story, directed by Michael Anderson, and starring Edmond O'Brien. Also starring are Donald Pleasence, Jan Sterling, and Michael Redgrave. Pleasence also appeared in the 1954 television version of the film, playing the character of Syme, which in the film was amalgamated with that of Parsons. O'Brien, the antagonist, was renamed "O'Connor," possibly to avoid confusion with lead actor Edmond O'Brien.

After the customary distributor agreement expired, the film was withdrawn from the theatrical and TV distribution channels by Orwell's estate and was not legally obtainable for many years, although it has since been released on DVD and clips have surfaced on YouTube.


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  1. ^ Porter, Vincent (2000). "The Robert Clark Account: Films released in Britain by Associated British Pictures, British Lion, MGM, and Warner Bros., 1946–1957". Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 20 (4): 469–511 [p. 510]. doi:10.1080/713669742. 

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