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6.5
/10
307 Ratings

Tom Jones

Directed by Tony Richardson
United Kingdom, 1963
Adventure, Comedy, History

Synopsis

Tom Jones, abandoned as a baby in mysterious circumstances, is brought up by Squire Allworthy. Resented by Allworthy’s legitimate heir Blifil, Tom grows into an amiable rascal, fond of the fair sex.

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Tom Jones Directed by Tony Richardson

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1963 | 2 wins including: Best Actor (Volpi Cup)

Academy Awards

1964 | 4 wins including: Best Picture

1964 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1963 | 3 wins including: Best Film

BAFTA Awards

1964 | 3 wins including: Best British Film

1964 | 3 nominations including: Best British Actor

How would Richardson tackle a period film in color, something quite outside his experience? The answer was: with gusto. He and his screenwriter, the playwright John Osborne, agreed there was only one way to approach an irreverent novel like Tom Jones: that is, irreverently. Their adaptation performs wonders in compressing Fielding’s nine-hundred-page opus into a film lasting a little over two hours, while ensuring that not only are the major incidents all there but also the main themes.
February 27, 2018
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Where Kubrick [with Barry Lyndon] would exactingly recreate the period to stress his audience’s distance from it, Richardson and screenwriter John Osbourne (who also wrote A Look Back in Anger) employed all sorts of modern storytelling devices—primarily sight gags borrowed from silent comedies—to create common ground between the past and present. The film ends up simplifying a lot of Fielding’s rich plotting and characterization, though it’s still fun on its own terms.
November 05, 2010
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A silent film-inspired, quick edit, slapstick prologue punctuated by explicative intertitles and a sprightly harpsichord accompaniment sets the irreverent, whimsical tone for Tony Richardson’s freeverse adaptation of Henry Fielding’s beloved eighteenth century novel, Tom Jones, transforming the beloved comedy of manners satire as a giddy fusion of burlesque and Keystone Kops epic adventure.
July 18, 2007
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