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      Released Sep 1, 1956 1h 31m Sci-Fi List
      Reviews 71% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Winston Smith (Edmond O'Brien) falls in love with a woman (Jan Sterling), defying the law of a bleak, totalitarian state. Read More Read Less

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      Shane Burridge There is a kind of glum, low-rent fatality to the production that suggests oppression through attrition Aug 24, 2006 Full Review Phil Hall Film Threat Flat, badly miscast film version of the Orwell landmark. Rated: 2/5 Sep 17, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Michael V Rewriting this story is as unacceptable as rewriting the bible...or moreso . Still, as a film, it was very interesting and had some nice touches, in a visual context. Version I saw recently on YouTube had cut the very ending... the last scene! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/02/23 Full Review Richard W Keep in mind that about 99% of professional movie critics today are leftists, so of course they will demonize this film. I first saw it on TV about 1957 or '58, as a child. It terrified me about Communism - and leftism in general. It was shown regularly (at least in L.A.) on T.V. into the 60's, when it then diappeared as the media became more left. It is excellent - though frightening. Of what some people will make of this world if given a chance. I'm not sure if one can order it today, but if you can, please do so and watch it with your family and friends. This is the kind of world the left is trying to push us into today. One thing Orwell didn't count on in his parable was an armed citizenry. We have that in America. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/19/23 Full Review Tyler W Im 28 & Love older movie's film was very good Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/31/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best dystopian films, perhaps even better in some aspects of the next remake. A must see. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review kevin w Back in 1956 the idea of a malignant government watching over your every move hardly seemed possible much less threatening, so far ahead was Orwell's vision of the future. Consequently, the ominous underpinnings of such were difficult to imagine: how could somebody watching you be bad? And so this early stab at George Orwell's eerie prognostication seems to flounder even while attempting to describe the dread. Nonetheless, the idea still is in evidence. Not bad, just doesn't stay with you long. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This was required viewing in undergrad, but very difficult to watch. It was made that way intentionally to convey the message. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Winston Smith (Edmond O'Brien) falls in love with a woman (Jan Sterling), defying the law of a bleak, totalitarian state.
      Michael Anderson
      George Orwell, William Templeton, Ralph Gilbert Bettison
      Columbia Pictures
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      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 1, 1956, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 6, 2004
      1h 31m