Rent Tom Jones (1963)

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2h 3min
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No one has ever lived so freely and carelessly as Tom Jones. Abandoned at birth and raised by a wealthy squire, Tom romps through English society, leading a lusty life of brawling and bed-hopping... until his bawdy behaviour causes him to be sent away from his family, his home and the only woman he's ever truly loved. But some men never learn, and soon Tom's escapades land him in the company of reckless scoundrels, the boudoirs of more women... and, finally, in jail. Will Tom's charm save him...or will the gallows be his last swing?
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Tony Richardson
Narrated By:
Micheál MacLiammóir
John Osborne, Henry Fielding
Edith Evans, Josie MacAvin, John Addison, Dame Edith Evans, Ralph Brinton, Ted Marshall, Jocelyn Herbert
Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy, Romance
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1964 BAFTA Best Screen Play

1964 BAFTA Best Film

1964 BAFTA Best British Film

1964 Oscar Best Picture

1964 Oscar Best Director

1964 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

1964 Oscar Best Music Original Score

1963 Venice Film Festival Best Actor

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Run Time:
123 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
English Hard of Hearing, German Hard of Hearing, Hungarian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
  • Original theatrical trailer
Release Date:
Run Time:
128 minutes
English LPCM Mono, English LPCM Stereo
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Tom Jones (1989): Director's Cut
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Tom Jones (1963): Theatrical Cut

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Reviews (1) of Tom Jones

Satirical Adventure. - Tom Jones review by Steve

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Exuberant adaptation of Henry Fielding's epic satirical comedy, published in 1749. This won the Oscar for best film, with nine other nominations. Possibly much of its critical success was down to the fresh, innovative style inspired by the French New Wave. Those novelties now look a bit gimmicky. They give the film motion, but don't lock gears with the substance.

But it works brilliantly as a broad sweep of Georgian Britain, whether in the town or the country estate, with its support cast of thieves, ladies of dubious virtue and lusty squires. Albert Finney is well cast as Tom Jones, a foundling of sound heart and good countenance. He is fundamentally moral and the trouble he encounters indicates a corrupt society.

My pick of the three female actors who were nominated in a supporting role is Diane Cilento as an incredibly lecherous strumpet. While the film is a festival of uninhibited camera trickery, it is also an actors film. Their characters are all archetypes which are mostly made memorable by an exaggerated, comic grotesquery.

Except for Finney and his pure true love, played by Susannah York, who are beautiful. John Osborne's script inevitably takes liberties with the extremely long novel. The comedy isn't actually funny and leaves the impression that the film may have been more fun to make than it is to watch. But, its satire on the hypocrisy of fine folk still finds the target.

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