1984 (1955)

UK, 1955
89m 47s, 8,081 ft
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson.

Plot Summary

In a totalitarian future, Winston Smith tries to stand up to oppressive regime of Big Brother.


Directed by: Michael Anderson
Copyright 1955 by Holiday Film Productions Ltd
Associated British Picture Picture Corporation Ltd presents a Holiday production
Produced by: N. Peter Rathvon
Screenplay by: William P. Templeton and Ralph Bettinson
Freely adapted from the novel 1984 by George Orwell
Director of Photography: C. Pennington Richards
Editor: Bill Lewthwaite
Music Composed by: Malcolm Arnold
Sound Recordist: A. Bradburn
Wardrobe: Barbara Gray
Make Up: L.V. Clark
Hairdressing: H. Montsash
Special Effects: B. Langley, G. Blackwell, N. Warwick
Art Director: Terence Verity
Made at: Associated British Studios, Elstree, Herts, England

Michael Redgrave (O’Connor of the Inner Party)
Edmond O’Brien (Winston Smith of the Outer Party)
Jan Sterling (Julia of the Outer Party)
David Kossoff (the junk shop owner [Charrington])
Mervyn Johns (Jones the traitor)
Donald Pleasence (Parsons and Outer Party Member)
Carol Wolveridge (Selina Parsons of the Spies)
Ernest Clark (Outer Party announcer)
Patrick Allen (Inner Party official)
Ronan O’Casey (Rutherford)
Michael Ripper (Outer Party orator)
Ewen Solon (Outer Party orator)
Kenneth Griffiths [real name: Kenneth Griffith] (prisoner)

Alternative Titles

Nel duemila non sorge il sole – Italian title



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.20 p.43
  • Daily Film Renter no.7070 (23 February 1956) pp.2-3, 4 – poster, advert announcing World Premiere
  • Daily Film Renter no.7071 (24 February 1956) p.3 – review (by Leslie Wood)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.134 n47 (3 June 1955) p.9 – credits
  • Kine Weekly vol.468 n2538 (16 February-5 April 1956) p.18 – review (by Josh Billings)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.23 n267 (April 1956) p.43 – review (by J.W.)
  • Sight & Sound vol.25 no.4 (Spring 1956) pp.170, 198 – note (Doublethink by anonymous; review (by Derek Hill)
  • Sight & Sound vol.53 no.2 (Spring 1984) pp.111-114 – illustrated article (News From Oceania by Jill Forbes)
  • Today’s Cinema vol.86 no.7466 (23 February 1956) p.8 – review (by M.M.W.)
  • Variety 14 March 1956 p.22 – review (by Myro)


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.161 – illustrated credits, review
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.353 – illustrated credits, synopsis
  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.238 – credits
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films,1928-1929 by Michael R. Pitts pp.179-180 – credits
  • The Complete Index to British Sound Film Since 1928 by Alan Goble p.1 – credits
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.319-320 – credits, review (by M.P.E. [Michael P. Emerson])
  • The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.223 – credits
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.12 – credits, review
  • The International Spy Guide 001 by Richard Rhys Davies p.8 – illustrated credits, note
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography, with Plot Synopses and Critical Commentary by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.362 – credits
  • Twice the Thrills! Twice the Chills! Horror and Science Fiction Double Features, 1955-1974 by Bryan Senn pp.37-40 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.337 – credits
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith p.169
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.76 – illustrated credits, review