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
Edited by Bill Lewthwaite
Holiday Film Productions Ltd.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 6 March 1956 (1956-03-06) (UK)
  • September 1956 (1956-09) (USA)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £80,073[1]

1984 is a 1956 film, based freely on the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four 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 After the customary distributor agreement expired, the movie was withdrawn from theatrical and TV distribution channels by Orwell's estate and has not been obtainable legally for many years.


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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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