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MPAA Rating - n/a

    112 Minutes

    Science Fiction

Original Release Date:
    Mar 11, 1998

    Fran?ois Truffaut

    Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spencer

Movie Summary
In the future, an oppressive government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers known as firemen to perform the necessary book burnings. This is the premise of Ray Bradburys acclaimed science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451, which became the source material for French director François Truffauts English-language debut. While some liberties are taken with the description of the world, the narrative remains the same, as fireman Montag (Oskar Werner) begins to question the morality of his vocation. Curious about the world of books, he soon falls in love with a beautiful young member of a pro-literature underground -- and with literature itself. Critics were divided on the effectiveness of the result; some praised the unique design and eerie color cinematography by Nicolas Roeg, while others found the films stylized approach overly distancing and attacked the central performances as unnatural. In any case, however, the film inarguably succeeds in making Truffauts reverence for the written word abundantly clear, especially during the films justifiably famous finale. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide


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