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Tom Jones

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.71 /10
Albert Finney , Susannah York, Hugh Griffith
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Directed by: Tony Richardson
Written by: John Osborne from Henry Fielding's novel

Released: 1963
Origin: GB
Colour: C
Length: 129

Life and loves of a bawdy lad (Tom Jones).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Sixties permissiveness in 18th century costume. Great fun, with Albert Finney hugely likeable as the hero. Literary critics may have disapproved (and did); but John Osborne's script succeeded in capturing the rumbustious spirit of Fielding's novel. Richardson's style may be eclectic and messy; but its uninhibited vitality seems very appropriate. Memorable sequences include Finney's sexy eating scene with Joyce Redmond, and a brutal stag-hunting sequence. John Addison's lively score won an Oscar; Ralph Brinton's art direction was nominated.

I have shot it all as if it were happening today. I am a director of improvisation.

(Tony Richardson, Life, 1963)

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