1984 (1956 film)

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1984
1984 (1956 movie poster).jpg
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
Edited by Bill Lewthwaite
Production
  company
Holiday Film Productions Ltd.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 1956
Running time 90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £80,073[1]

1984 is a 1956 film, based freely on the novel of the same name by George Orwell, depicting a totalitarian future society. This is the first cinema rendition of the story, directed by Michael Anderson, and featuring Edmond O'Brien as protagonist Winston Smith. Also featured are Donald Pleasence, Jan Sterling, and Michael Redgrave. Pleasence also appeared in the 1954 television version of the novel, playing the character of Syme, which for the movie was amalgamated with that of Parsons. The character O'Brien, the antagonist, was renamed "O'Connor", since the name of the main actor was Edmond O'Brien. After the customary distributor agreement expired, the movie was withdrawn from theatrical and TV distribution channels by Orwell's estate and was not obtainable legally for many years, although it has since been released in DVD format and clips have been copied to the website YouTube.[citation needed]

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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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