‘1984’: The Day After

Yesterday, about 200 movie theaters across the US showed their support for the National Endowment for the Arts and other causes by screening the 1984 movie version of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 – on the date in the story (April 4) when protagonist Winston Smith (played by the late John Hurt) began rebelling against his oppressive government.

If you missed your local showing, it’s never too late to see 1984. You can stream it free, with ads, from Tubi TV, or rent it ad-free for $2.99 from YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu or PlayStation.

According to the announcement about yesterday’s screenings, the event was meant to “take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.'” So, if you stream the film, you may want to emulate the participating theaters by donating to an appropriate charity.

We make the same suggestion should you stream any (or all) of our bonus versions of 1984 below.

1956 feature film, with Edmond O’Brien and Donald Pleasence:

1954 BBC ‘Sunday Night Play,’ with Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence:

1953 CBS ‘Westinghouse Studio One,’ with Eddie Albert and Lorne Greene:


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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