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Fahrenheit 451 Details


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 Bradbury's acclaimed science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451, which became the source material for French director François Truffaut's 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 film's stylized approach overly distancing and attacked the central performances as unnatural. In any case, however, the film inarguably succeeds in making Truffaut's reverence for the written word abundantly clear, especially during the film's justifiably famous finale. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 1967


Oskar Werner
as Montag
Julie Christie
as Clarisse
Julie Christie
as Linda
Cyril Cusack
as Captain
Anton Diffring
as Fabian
Jeremy Spenser
as Man with the Apple
Bee Duffell
as Book Woman
Gillian Lewis
as TV Announcer
Caroline Hunt
as Helen
Anna Palk
as Jackie
Roma Milne
as Neighbor
Judith Drynan
as Plato's Republic
Gillian Aldam
as Judoka Woman
Arthur Cox
as First Male Nurse
Yvonne Blake
as Jewish Question
Noel Davis
as TV Announcer
Earl Younger
as Nephew of "The Weir of Hermiston"
Denis Gilmore
as Martian Chronicles
Michael Mundell
as Stoneman
John Rae
as Weir of Hermiston
Tom Watson
as Sgt. Instructor
Michael Balfour
as Machiavelli's The Prince
Donald Pickering
as TV announcer
Mark Lester
as First Small Boy
Kevin Elder
as Second Small Boy
Fred Cox
as Pride
Edward Kaye
as Judoka Man


François Truffaut
Lewis M. Allen
David Rudkin
François Truffaut
Jean-Louis Richard
Ray Bradbury
Book Author
Nicolas Roeg
Bernard Herrmann
Composer (Music Score)
Thom Noble
Harry Horner
Production Designer
Syd Cain
Production Designer
Tony Walton
Production Designer
Sidney Cain
Art Director
Tony Walton
Costume Designer