Tom Jones
- Albert Finney

Overview - Tony Richardson's rousing adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic comic novel stars Albert Finney as the eponymous swordsman. TOM JONES achieved enormous critical and commercial success, benefiting from an excellent cast, lively score, and unusually realistic art direction.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Tony Richardson's rousing adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic comic novel stars Albert Finney as the eponymous swordsman. TOM JONES achieved enormous critical and commercial success, benefiting from an excellent cast, lively score, and unusually realistic art direction. While the film surely deserves this praise, Richardson initially considered it a failure, and it's likely that he saved the film in the editing room, emphasizing the farcical elements of the story with rapid intercutting, and adding amusingly ironic voice-over narration. The end product is one of the most entertaining costume dramas ever put on celluloid. Tom Jones is raised by Squire Allworthy (George Devine), his mother's (Joyce Redman) aptly named employer. He grows up to be a lively young man, loved by all except Allworthy's legitimate heir--the dour, envious Blifil (David Warner)--to whom Tom's true love Sophie Western (Susannah York) is promised in marriage. Allworthy feels obliged to send Tom away for Blifil's sake, which only briefly dampens Tom's mood. Soon, he's engaging in a famously libidinous eating scene with a woman met en route, carrying on with his ever-entertaining high spirits. An inspired piece of cinematic comedy, TOM JONES is most memorable for Finney's performance, which keeps viewers laughing long after the film's end.

Awards:
1963 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1963 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner
1963 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1963 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score Winner

Cast List

David Warner - British Actor
Micheal MacLiammoir
Hugh Griffith - British Actor
Tony Richardson - British Director/Film Producer
Michael Balcon - British producer, THE 39 STEPS/TOM JONES
Sir Michael Balcon - British producer, THE 39 STEPS/TOM JONES
Michael Elias Balcon - British producer, THE 39 STEPS/TOM JONES
Susannah York - British Actress
Susannah Yolande Fletcher - British Actress
Joyce Redman - Irish Actress
Diane Cilento - Australian Actress/In UK
Joan Greenwood - British Actress
Edith Evans - British Actress
Dame Edith Evans - British Actress
John Osborne - Playwright/Screenwriter
Albert Finney - Oscar winning actor
Walter Lassally - Director of Photography, PRIVATE SCHOOL (1983)
John Addison - British Composer
David Tomlinson - British Actor
Henry Fielding - English novelist and playwright
Michael Holden - SCREENWRITER/PRODUCER

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 128
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 715515210010
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: February 2018

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Classic
Romance
Racy
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
Theatrical release: October 7, 1963. Shooting location: West Somerset, England. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Director Tony Richardson was very unhappy with the footage that was shot, so he spent months shaping it to his satisfaction in the editing room. The film catapulted British actor Albert Finney into stardom. He had previously been offered the role of T.E. Lawrence in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (after Marlon Brando refused it) but turned it down because it meant a long contract with Columbia. TOM JONES marked British actress Lynn Redgrave's film debut.

Reviews:
"...It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic....It's well worth a repeat visit..." - 10/25/1989 Los Angeles Times, p.C11


"...[A] now-mellowed movie delight....Albert Finney and Susannah York look impossibly young and attractive..." - 03/13/1992 USA Today, p.3D

 
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