Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

DVD - 2003
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Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780783255354
Branch Call Number: DVD FAHRENH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles: closed captioned


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Jun 20, 2019

It was certainly slow paced in comparison with more recent movies. I also didn't think Oskar Werner quite pulled off the broodiness of Guy Montag or what should have been his ever mounting passion; his eyes were a bit too dead most of the time, and you can't convey internal thought or struggle to the camera without showing it on your face a bit more. Nor was Cyril Cusack as imposing or frightening as I found Captain Beatty to be in the book. I didn't mind the differences in plot from the book, although I missed Faber. I also felt that the matter of the exiled book people was handled a bit clumsily. They're sort of suddenly introduced at the end of the movie -- not having been mentioned earlier as they are in the book -- at which point their leader gives a exposition on who/what they are and what they do. All that being said, the way the film handled that final section, including the extra bit they put in that was not in the book, really moved me, actually made me cry a bit. So that bumped it up from the "meh" 3 stars that I was gonna give it to a whopping 3.5 stars.

Mar 22, 2019

way better then the remake

Jan 27, 2019

It was interesting to see the original version. Seems so out of date now. The bonus features were good with Ray Bradbury and especially the making of the movie. I saw the remake with Michael Shannon and it is very good.

May 18, 2018

First off - What I'd like to know is this - Why-oh-why are so many SyFy stories that forecast man's future always so annoyingly bleak and the outlook so lousy? Eh? Why? Like - Are we really that doomed even before we get there?

When it comes to this particular sterile and dry vision of man's future where the reading of books is banned by law - It made no sense to me why people were still being taught to read and write. I mean - What the hell for?

Also - I found it hard to believe that what took place in this 1966 movie's storyline was how the law handled the ones who were outed for having books. Like - C'mon! Seriously!!??

And, finally - Speaking about French director, Francois Truffaut's screen adaptation of Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel - IMO - "Fahrenheit 451" played out like a super-cheesy "Made-For-TV" movie. It really did.

This film's drab plotline was as dry as dust. It was intellectually insulting. It was painfully predictable. And, overall, as a production, it came across like something you'd expect from the likes of shlock director, Ed Wood. I ain't kidding.

Aug 15, 2017

Although I found the book thought-provoking, the movie just didn't do it for me. I found my imagination to be more entertaining than the movie director's/producer's. (For a full review of this story, see my book review. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8851251-fahrenheit-451 )

Age recommendation: 12 & up (some slightly violent scenes)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 4. (Book ranking - 6 stars)

Mar 09, 2017

Even though, I've never read the book, I greatly enjoyed the movie, even though it's much darker than I would normally watch. I do feel that the story in Fahrenheit 451, is a timely warning that should never be forgotten.

Oct 23, 2016

I saw this film many years ago and initially was disappointed that it didn't follow the novel closer. Upon seeing it again I can see the director's point of view and enjoyed it more. It is unfortunate that in science fiction films that special effects appear to override basic story telling, themes and plot lines. When used properly they can enhance the story greatly but cannot save a poor story.

Aug 31, 2016

Waste of time and life! Almost 2 hour I can't get back

Sep 30, 2015

First viewed about 50 years ago in a movie theater, it was fun to re-view to see how it has held up over 5 decades. It has held up much better than Old_Toto! It would be interesting to see an update where social media (including books) is banned. North Korea?

Sep 08, 2013

The special effects were virtually nonexistent; clips of a French prototype monorail, jet-pack propelled 'firemen', a cheezy utilitarian firetruck... But this was 1966, and of no surprise. What was enjoyable to me was Bradbury's dystopian story -- almost Orwellian, in that "Big Brother is watching". The firemen had hints of Gestapo. I was constantly reminded of Hitchcock, even though this was science fiction, and thought perhaps it was the '60s flavor of the film. It wasn't until viewing the special features that I realized it was because of the contribution of Hitch's incredible composer, Bernard Herrmann, and his unmistakeable tension building string section. A good film for its time. Somebody should make an updated version, now that books are sadly becoming obsolete, having the firemen burning up the citizens' smartphones... And the 'book people' could be 'androids'...

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Dec 04, 2014

Kraftwerk guy / Fred Schneider:
"Linda, you're right!
Linda, you're absolutely fantastic!"

Sep 08, 2013

The Captain: "...Listen to me Montag... Once to each fireman, at least once in his career... He just itches to know what these books are all about; he just aches to know -- isn't that so? Well take my word for it, Montag... There's nothing there! The books have nothing to say!" (violently topples over some bookshelves) "Look, these are all novels. ...All about people that never existed. The people that read them, it makes them unhappy with their own lives; makes them want to live in other ways, they can never, really be!"

Sep 08, 2013

The Captain: "Go on, Montag, all this... philosophy. Let's get rid of it. It's even worse than the novels. Thinkers, philosophers, all of them saying exactly the same thing: "Only I am right! The others are all...idiots." One sentence they'll tell you that man's destiny is predetermined... the next they'll say that he has freedom of choice! Its just a matter of fashion, that's all, philosophy; just like... Short dresses this year, long dresses, next year..."


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Aug 15, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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