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Tom Jones [1963] (1 disc)
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Director:Tony Richardson
Writer:John Osborne
Composer:John Addison
Length:113 minutes
(1 hour 53 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A young bastard is raised by Squire Allworthy but never ceases to cease to live up to hopes.


Reaction: Quite funny but not in the riotous manner many of today's audience expects.


Personal Rating: 6/10

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Tony Richardson => Director
John Osborne => Writer
John Addison => Composer
Henry Fielding => Novel
Albert Finney => Tom Jones
Angela Baddeley => Mrs. Wilkins
David Tomlinson => Lord Fellamar
David Warner => Blifil
Diane Cilento => Molly Seagrim
Edith Evans => Miss Western
Freda Jackson => Mrs. Seagrim
George A. Cooper => Mr. Fitzpatrick
George Devine => Squire Allworthy
Hugh Griffith => Squire Western
Jack MacGowran => Partridge
James Cairncross => Parson Supple
Joan Greenwood => Lady Bellaston
Joyce Redman => Jenny Jones (Mrs. Waters)
Julian Glover => Northernton
Lynn Redgrave => Susan, Upton Inn
Mark Dignam => Lieutenant
Peter Bull => Thwackum
Rachel Kempson => Bridget Allworthy
Rosalind Atkinson => Mrs. Miller
Susannah York => Sophie Western

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Albert Finney felt the lead role wasn't serious enough, and agreed to star only if he got a producing credit; he later traded the credit for profit participation.
  • Hugh Griffith was reportedly drunk through much of the production; the scene in which his horse falls on him was not planned, and many believed he was saved by virtue of his inebriated condition. The film incorporated every frame of footage before rescuers entered the frame to save him.
  • Much of the scene in which Tom Jones and Mrs. Waters are eating together was improvised during the three hours it took to shoot, and the actors felt the effects from the food for days.
  • When Tom first arrives in London, we briefly see the coat of arms of the Carpenters Company of London hung upside-down.
  • The only film to have three nominees for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar—Diane Cilento, Edith Evans, and Joyce Redman. The award was won by Margaret Rutherford for The V.I.P.s.
  • Lynn Redgrave's film debut.