Tom Jones

Synopsis: In eighteenth-century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside, but could not be more different in nature. Tom, the bastard son of one of Squire Allworthy's servants Jenny Jones and the local barber Partridge, was raised by virtuous Allworthy as his own after he sent Jenny away. Tom is randy, chasing anything in a skirt, he's having a sexual relationship on the sly with Molly Seagrim, the peasant daughter of Allworthy's gamekeeper. Tom is nonetheless kind-hearted and good-natured, he who is willing to defend that and those in which he believes. Blifil, on the other hand, is dour, and although outwardly pious, is cold-hearted and vengeful. Despite his randiness, Tom eventually falls in love with Sophie Western, who has just returned to the area after a few years abroad. Despite Sophie's love for Tom, Squire Western and his spinster sister would rather see Sophie marry Blifil rather than a bastard, who Western nonethele
Director(s): Tony Richardson
Production: Woodfall Film Productions
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128 min

Why, Tom Jones!

I've brought you a thrush.

He's beautiful, Tom. How kind of you.

Two years is a long time. Did they teach

you London ways, make a lady of you?

Most of the time I was in France.

My aunt took me there.

- Did you like France, Meez Western?

- Mais oui. Je me suis trs bien amuse.

- Ah, bon.

- You haven't changed, Tom.

You've grown, Sophie.

Grown more beautiful than ever.

Doesn't he sing beautifully?

I shall teach him some new songs.

I doubt if an English bird

can learn French songs.

You'll see.


Sur le pont d'Avignon...

We're asked to supper. I came early to ask

if you'd help Black George's daughter.

Oh, yes. He stole a sheep, didn't he?

Black George is a poor man.

With big, hungry daughters to feed.

Most hungry - I can vouch for it.

I have a maid already.

But I'll see what I can do.

Good, good.

Ah! Welcome, neighbours! Welcome!

- How nice to see you.

- Welcome, madam. Welcome, Squire.

Good day, Western, good day.

- Look! Tom brought me a thrush!

- What a sweet little bird!

His song is sweeter

than any tune of Mr Handel's.

Ugh, Handel!

Tom, thank you.

Welcome home, Sophie.

How lovely you're looking, child.

Aye, it's good to have her home.

Let's all go in to dinner.

- Oh dear.

- Oh, my little bird!

Don't worry, Sophie,

I'll get it back for you.

- Tom...

- Good lad, Tom.

Be careful, Tom! Tom, take care!

- I'll wager he gets it.

- Take care.

I am sorry to cause you this distress,

Miss Western.

I did not think the bird would fly away.

But I cannot help observing

that the idea of caged birds

is against the laws of nature.

Don't you agree, Mr Square?

He's got him!


He'll drown! Quick, pick him up!

Help him, someone!

- Oh, Tom, you're soaked!

- Come on, lad, give me your hand.

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John Osborne

John James Osborne (Fulham, London, 12 December 1929 – 24 December 1994) was an English playwright, screenwriter and actor, known for his excoriating prose and intense critical stance towards established social and political norms. The success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre. In a productive life of more than 40 years, Osborne explored many themes and genres, writing for stage, film and TV. His personal life was extravagant and iconoclastic. He was notorious for the ornate violence of his language, not only on behalf of the political causes he supported but also against his own family, including his wives and children. Osborne was one of the first writers to address Britain's purpose in the post-imperial age. He was the first to question the point of the monarchy on a prominent public stage. During his peak (1956–1966), he helped make contempt an acceptable and now even cliched onstage emotion, argued for the cleansing wisdom of bad behaviour and bad taste, and combined unsparing truthfulness with devastating wit. more…

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