Tom Jones

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MGM Released 1963

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Director:
Tony Richardson
Released:
1963
Rating:
R

Winner of the Best Film Oscar for 1963, Tom Jones is an adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic 18th-century novel. Directed by Tony Richardson, the film tells the story of Tom Jones, a foundling raised by the stern but caring Squire Allworthy. Tom is popular, good-hearted and in love with Sophie Western, the daughter of a neighbouring squire. She returns his feelings, but is forbidden to marry a bastard of uncertain parentage and is instead promised in marriage to the unpleasant Blifil, nephew to Squire Allworthy. Tom leaves home in disgrace after a local peasant girl falls pregnant (not by him, as it happens) and embarks on a series of wild adventures that lead him to the gallows - well, almost - before he finally finds out who he really is. One of the huge box-office hits of the 1960s, and a bawdy, beautiful, fast-paced and enduringly well-loved British film.

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      • Narrator: [last words of film]: Happy the man, and he alone, he who can call each day his own - he who, safe within, can say: Tomorrow, do thy worst! For I have lived today.

      • Narrator: [as Tom is about to be hanged]: To die for a cause is a common evil. To die for nothing is the devil. And it would be the devil's own nonsense to leave Tom Jones without a rescuer! [Squire Western cuts the rope and rescues Tom].

      • Narrator: Our hero had his weaknesses, it is true. But then, if Adam had not had a weakness for apples, there would be no-one here to tell Tom Jones's story in the first place...

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