The classic George Orwell story set in a world where absolute conformity in action, word and thought including loyalty to Big Brother is demanded.
Excellent film version
This film of "1984" was released in 1984 and shot in and around the same regions in Britain described in the book by Orwell. It was a flop at the time, if I recall. This was likely because it is so faithful to the book in terms of its brutally depressing tone and aesthetic that most people didn't find it enjoyable. Doesn't mean it wasn't great. It is. NOTE TO Hornet Montana: (**SPOILER ALERT**) Explain the last five minutes? The "hero" has his spirit broken. He is psychologically tortured by what most terrifies him, he betrays the woman he loves, has his mind wiped clean, and now loves Big Brother. He is left alive, but his humanity has been erased. The bad guys win. (See what I meant about depressing?)
One of the finest book-to-screen adaptations ever made
Probably by necessity, 99% of movies adapted from books fall far short of the original material. Here is an example (along with John Ford's film of "The Grapes of Wrath") of that elusive 1%, where the film is superior to the book and better conveys the author's ideas and intent. Frightening, haunting, and, of course, downbeat, this movie is extremely prophetic when you consider certain current events. Definitely a must-see.
An utterly, jaw-droppingly amazing film. Emotionally, intelectually as true to the book as I could have ever imagined. That this movie is not required viewing is a travesty. Normally, I abhor emotionally-wrought dramas (beyond their aesthetic appeal) for what they can teach us about life, but this film is different. This is totalitarianism, and should make leftists absolutely shutter. It is a timely reminder of the dangers of big government.