1984 * (Film Theatrical Release USA 1984)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.5|5.0 Starsìììì

remake of a 1956 film of the same name—features John Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton, and Richard Burton. The storyline examines possible ramifications if a government had the power to control citizen thought processes. This is not a ‘play it in the background’ film as it requires mental involvement for story interpretation and understanding.


In Oceania thoughts can be monitored by the government and ‘rehabilitated’.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Michael Radford for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Marvin J. Rosenblum for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Winston Smith (John Hurt), O’Brien (Richard Burton), Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), Charringon (Cyril Cusack), Parsons (Gregor Fisher), Syme (James Walker), Tillotson (Andrew Wilde), Tillotson’s Friend (David Trevena), Martin (David Cann), and Jones (Anthony Benson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. This movie deserves serious reflection and serves as a good springboard for discussion of government monitoring private citizens’ lives as well as the way thought affects choices and actions.

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* Also Known As: Nineteen Eighty-Four

 Ben Meyers

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