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
  Won 4 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 20 nominations.
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128 min

Damn me if I won't love the boy for this

as long as I have to live!

Serves him right.

And you, sir.

The weeks passed...

and Molly grew apace too.

Ah, you lazy slut, you!

Look at her, with that great belly on her!

That I should have lived to see this day!

You'd better have minded what the parson

said and not harkened after menfolks.

She's the first of this family to be a whore!

Mother, you yourself was brought to bed

with sister there a week after you married.

Ah, but I were made an honest woman of.

But you, you have to be doing with

gentlemen, don't you, you nasty slut, you!

You will have a bastard!

And I defy anybody to say that of me.

- My gentlemen'll look after me.

- Your gentlemen! Far from gentlemen!

You lay off me, or I'll tell my gentlemen...

...if these be constantly applied,

And then, though we cannot

absolutely promise success,

yet we may properly say with the apostle

"What knowest thou, O wife,

whether thou shalt save thy husband?"

And now, my dear brethren,

let us sing together the hymn

"O God, Our Help in Ages Past. "

O God, our help in ages past

Our hope for years to come...

"Let dogs delight to bark and bite,

For God hath made them so. "

"Let bears and lions growl and fight,

For 'tis their nature too. "

"But, ladies, you should never let

Such angry passions rise. "

"Your little hands were never made

To tear each other's eyes. "

There she is! Let's get at her!

Let's thrash her!

Don't want the likes of her in this village!

Won't have her mixing with us good folk!

Take that, you hussy!

I'll get you, Goody Brown,

you dirty old harridan!

Oh, Tom... Please, Tom...

Don't... Don't leave me, Tom.

Slowly. Slowly.

That filthy slut.

Ah, good boy, good boy!

He's a game lad, your Tom.

So, the wench is having a bastard?

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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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