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A prosaic filmization of George Orwell's cautionary novel, 1984 is set in a futuristic totalitarian society where individuality is forbidden. The ruler is the never-seen "Big Brother," whose minions have monitored and bugged the activities of the populace so that no one can harbor any "subversive" thoughts. Edmond O'Brien plays Winston Smith, a government functionary satisfied with his lot, until he commits the illegal act of falling in love with Julia (Jan Sterling), a member of the anti-sex league. The lovers try to escape the all-powerful influence of Big… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is a kind of glum, low-rent fatality to the production that suggests oppression through attrition"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Flat, badly miscast film version of the Orwell landmark."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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