Umbrella-Rosenblum Films Production/Virgin Benelux/Virgin Schallplatten/Virgin, UK, 1984
AKA: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Director: Michael Radford
Writer: George Orwell, Michael Radford
Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, Andrew Wilde, David Trevena, David Cann, Anthony Benson, Peter Frye, Roger Lloyd Pack, Rupert Baderman, Corinna Seddon, Martha Parsey, Merelina Kendall, P.J. Nicholas, Lynne Radford, Pip Donaghy, Shirley Stelfox, Janet Key, Hugh Walters, John Hughes, Robert Putt, Christine Hargreaves, Garry Cooper, Matthew Scurfield, John Golightly, Rolf Saxon, Ole Oldendorp, Eddie Stacey, Norman Bacon, John Foss, Carey Wilson, Mitzi McKenzie, Phyllis Logan, Pam Gems, Joscik Barbarossa, John Boswall, Bob Flag, Keith Gale, Annie Lennox, Lucien Morgan, Michael Munn, Peter Ross-Murray, Jason Savage, Fred Wood
Winston Smith is a newseditor for the Bureau of Information in totalitarian Oceania. His jobb is to change the news in retrospect, in whatever way the government want him to. The party is working towards abolishing orgasms. By doing so they hope to lower the number of familys. Without family there will be even less privacy and no loyaltys competing that to the party and Big Brother. Also, sex is extremely dangerous since it inevitably leads to thought crime.
One day Winston meets Julia. They begin to see each other in secret for sex, and maybe even for love. They do get caught accused of thought crime. Winston is put in a cell. He gets tortured and brainwashed and finally he is taken to the infamous and feared Room 101.
1984 was a dystopian tale of the future when George Orwell wrote it in 1948. Today we are way past 1984 and the world looks different, but the story is still important. This is where we might end up unless we defend democracy.
War is peace! Freedom is slavery! Ignorance is strength!
My verdict: 7 out of 10.