Winston Smith (John Hurt) endures a squalid existence in totalitarian Oceania under the constant surveillance of Big Brother. But his life takes a horrifying turn when he begins a forbidden love affair and commits the crime of independent thought. Sent to the chillingly labelled "Ministry of Love", he is placed at the mercy of O'Brien (Richard Burton), a coolly treacherous leader determined to control his thoughts and crush his soul...
Read the book first.
- 1984 (Nineteen Eighty Four) review by WP
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You rated this film: 3
My only gripe with this film is they must presume everyone has read Orwell's 1984. If you haven't you may find this film hard to follow. Too often key points or changes are not made apparent enough to the viewer. This being the case, the film fails to equal the book in any area. It's a pity as Hurt's acting is excellent, and the film certainly gives out the right atmosphere.