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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29 April 2000 | eunice-4
One of the greatest farces of all time
Tome Jones came out of the wonderful 60's when all the stuffy conventions of British theater, film and music were turned upside down. I first saw this film while stationed in Wiltshire in the Royal Air Force, and having grown up in the industrial West Riding of Yorkshire, my eyes had only recently been opened to the staggering beauty of the English countryside.

Tom Jones represented that unspoiled English countryside to me. I could smell the hay, the wildflowers and the livestock. Never mind that unless you were rich it was serf labor, I saw England through a wonderful fantasy of a film. The action never stopped. This movie was just hilarious from beginning to end. No glossing over the crude realities of country life - this was a period when the poor folk shared their hovels with the chickens and other small animals, when sex was raw, albeit punished on Sundays, and when the local gentry had their way with the wenches.

Rarely has there been such a belly laugh of a movie. Laugh until the tears roll down your face.

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Trivia

The first 13 on-screen closing cast credits are under the heading "Squire Allworthy's House". The next 5 are under "Squire Western's House", then 7 are under "On the Road to London" with the final 3 under just "London".


Quotes

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


Goofs

In the hunt scene, you can clearly see that the riders are following on a path made by automobiles. The path has tire tracks all along.


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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