Tom Jones


(out of 5)

Deliciously bawdy adaptation of Henry Fielding’s popular 19th-century novel about a handsome rogue () who runs amok seducing women and infuriating jealous husbands. Along the way he also manages to find out the truth behind his parentage, including the events that led up to his being orphaned as an infant and raised by a proper English gentleman. Finney is irrepressibly sexy as the lead, and his food orgy scene where he is seduced through the eating of fruit is one of the film’s most memorable moments. It succeeds so well because after all these years its attitude seems so modern; director Tony Richardson uses the period setting only as a background, never allowing the plush costume details to bog down the witty conversations or frank, timeless relationships between characters. Very enjoyable, probably the high point of Richardson’s directorial career and the kickstart of Finney’s.

Woodfall Film Productions

United Kingdom, 1963

Directed by Tony Richardson

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1963

Golden Globes:  1963


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