This is the first film adaptation of the story, directed by Michael Anderson and starring Edmond O’Brien as protagonist Winston Smith, and featuring Donald Pleasence, Jan Sterling, and Michael Redgrave. The character O’Brien, the antagonist, was renamed “O’Connor”, due to the shared surname of the actor Edmond O’Brien. Emmanuel Goldstein is changed to “Kalador”.
In 1954, Peter Cushing and André Morell starred in a BBC-TV made-for-TV adaptation which was extremely popular with British audiences, leading to the production of the 1956 film version. Donald Pleasence had also appeared in the BBC television version, playing the character of Syme, which for the film was amalgamated with that of Parsons. The script was co-written by William Templeton, who had previously adapted the novel for the US Studio One TV series in 1953.
For the US market, 1984 was distributed in 1956 on a double feature with another British science fiction film, The Gamma People. After distributor agreements expired, the film was withdrawn from theatrical and TV distribution channels by Orwell’s estate and has not been officially available for many years.
black & white, mono, fullscreen, 90 minutes. DVD-R come packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!