Fahrenheit 451

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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

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Release Date
4/1/03 
Studio
Universal Studios
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 53 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • French
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • ccThe Novel: A discussion with author Ray Bradbury
  • Making of Fahrenheit 451
  • Feature commentary with Julie Christie
  • The music of Farenheit 451
  • The original title sequence of feature
  • Photo poster gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
Number of Discs
1

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