Tom Jones (1963)

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The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.

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19 November 2005 | ma-cortes
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| Magnificent movie with four deserved Academy Award winner
Tom Jones (Albert Finney) is a 18th century orphan who is adopted by an aristocrat but he lives his own life in mirth and freedom . The philander English lad has good heart and affinity for troubles and an eye for the ladies , confronting amorous and bawdy adventures . His true love is Sophie (Susannah York) , the daughter of a higher-class rich owner (Hugh Griffith).

The picture is a lavish rendition of a classic novel written by Henry Fielding with lots of entertainment and fun . It is plenty of satire , irony , comedy , tongue-in-cheek and amusement . Nice acting by Albert Finney ; however , he 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 . Very good support cast gives splendid acting . Feature film debut for David Warner , Julian Glover and Lynn Redgrave . Lively and jolly soundtrack by John Addison , author of numerous classic scores of the English Free Cinema . The film was very well directed by Tony Richardson who in 1977 made an attempt to return with similar character -Joseph Andrews- but the freshness , inspiration and magic had gone . It is followed by a sequel -The bawdy adventures of Tom Jones- an exploitive extension directed by Cliff Owen with Arthur Lowe , Joan Collins and Trevor Howard . Tom Jones picture was undoubtedly the biggest year . The film obtained Academy Awards in 1963 to best film for United Artists , Director -Tony Richardson- , adapted screenplay -John Osborne- and original music -John Addison- and was nominated : Albert Finney , Hugh Griffith , Diane Cilento , Joyce Redman and Edith Evans by their robustly agreeable characterization . Well worth watching.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

It took three hours to shoot the famous eating scene, in which Tom Jones and Mrs. Waters express their lust for each other by tearing into a huge feast. Buckets were conveniently placed out of camera range to accommodate the actors, who kept throwing up from all the eating.


Quotes

Narrator: In the west of England there was once a Squire Allworthy. After several months in London he returns home.


Goofs

After Lady Bellaston reads Tom's letter proposing marriage, she wads it into a small ball, clearly wrinkling it. In the next scene, Lady Bellaston shows the letter to Sophie's aunt, but now it is smooth and uncrumpled.


Crazy Credits

Opening credits: In the west of England there was once a Squire Allworthy. After several months in London he returned home. his sister, Bridget. his servants. after supper. "Mrs. Wilkins!" "aaah!" a baby! abandoned!!! "how did it get here?" "who can the mother be?" "Jenny Jones!" "who is the father Jenny?" "send for Partridge the barber!" Partridge the barber - the father? "I will deal with you later, sir!" "you must be sent away from this shame and degradation." "as for your child . . . . . " "I will bring him up as if he were my own son." "what will you call him brother?" "Tom Jones." of whom the opinion of all was that he was born to be hanged.



Alternate Versions

For the 1989 reissue/restoration, the director trimmed approx. 7 minutes from the original. The initial home video release in 1981 on the Magnetic Video label contains the full-length original, which includes the following footage/dialogue cut from the reissue:

  • Tom running from Squire Western; Black George caught for killing sheep; trial
  • Sophie: "Oh, my little bird."
  • Molly being called a slut by her family: "You will have a bastard"
  • Tom/Sophie montage: Tom reading, eating nuts, picking berries, Tom and Sophie singing
  • Teachers fighting Tom; Tom going around tree; riding teacher
  • Tom's dream at the Inn
  • Sophie and Lady Fitzpatrick: Trimmed frames from laughing
  • Sophie and Lady Fitzpatrick: "What will you do in London?" "I have a friend..."
  • Sophie and Lady Fitzpatrick: "What about your friend?" "He is away for a few days. When he returns we shall make other arrangements."
  • Lady Bellaston and Lady Fitzpatrick: "The girl is obviously intoxicated and nothing less than ruin will content her."
  • Lady Bellaston muttering French phrase at dinner
  • Lady Bellaston: Dialog after "Are you afraid of the word 'rape'?"
  • Transition from Bellaston and Fellamore to Tom and Partridge
  • Transition from Tom and Partridge to "Rape"
  • Partridge and Tom: "She'll be the one to break it off"; transition to note; dialog: Narrator reads letter, Bellaston remarks to maid not to receive Tom Jones again.
  • "Scandal are the best sweeteners of tea."; transition
  • Partridge looking for people to uphold Tom's character (in the original he approaches one man, then two more - scene of him approaching the first man was cut)
  • No reprise of song for Tom as he's going to be hanged
  • End titles (re-done for reissue with restoration credits and extended music by 15 seconds, while cutting some of the original company credits)


Soundtracks

O God Our Help in Ages Past
(uncredited)
Words by
Isaac Watts and music by William Croft
Sung in church

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Adventure | Comedy | History

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