Release dateMarch 6, 1956 WriterGeorge Orwell (freely adapted from the novel by: "1984"), William Templeton (screenplay), Ralph Gilbert Bettison (screenplay) CastEdmond O'Brien (Winston Smith), Jan Sterling (Julia), Michael Redgrave (Gen. O'Connor), Donald Pleasence (R. Parsons) Similar moviesGeorge Orwell wrote the story for 1984 and Nineteen Eighty-Four
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1984 is a 1956 British black-and-white science fiction drama film, freely based on the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, depicting a totalitarian future society. This is the first cinema rendition 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.
The film was distributed in 1956 on a double bill with another British sci-fi film, The Gamma People. After the customary distributor agreement expired, the film was withdrawn from theatrical and TV distribution channels by Orwell's estate and has not been obtainable legally for many years.
In 1954, Peter Cushing and Andre Morell starred in a BBC-TV made-for-TV adaptation that was extremely popular with British audiences, which led to the making of the 1956 O'Brien theatrical film version. Pleasence had also appeared in the 1954 television version, playing the character of Syme, which for the film was amalgamated with that of Parsons.