Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
  • NR
  • 1h 52m
  • 1966
Fresh80%
Ray Bradbury’s best-selling science fiction masterpiece about a future without books takes on a chillingly realistic dimension in this film classic directed by one of the most important screen innovators of all time, the late Francois Truffaut. Julie Christie stars in the challenging dual role of Oskar Werner's pleasure-seeking conformist wife, Linda, and his rebellious, book-collecting mistress, Clarisse. Montag (Oskar Werner), 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. Truffaut's first English language production is an eerie fable where mankind becomes the ultimate evil.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh80%
Critics Consensus: Fahrenheit 451 is an intriguing film that suffuses Truffaut's trademark wit and black humor with the intelligence and morality of Ray Bradbury's novel.
Reviews
The New Republic
Pauline Kael
Rotten

Even at the science-fiction horror-story level, the movie fails -- partly, I think, because Truffa...

June 22, 2017
Variety
Fresh

With a serious and even terrifying theme, this excursion into science fiction has been thoughtfull...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Fresh

An underrated film, perhaps because it is less science fiction than a tale of 'once upon a time.'

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther
Rotten

Holy smoke! What a pretentious and pedantic production he has made.

June 17, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Release Date:November 19, 1966
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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