Tom Jones

Tom Jones

DVD - 2018
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Follows the bawdy activities of Tom Jones, a foundling of mysterious origin, adopted by a squire in eighteenth-century England.
Publisher: New York, NY : Criterion Collection, [2018]
ISBN: 9781681434001
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (128 min.; 121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded insert (12 pages : color illustrations, 18 cm)
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Jun 14, 2018

Just awful. Of the many bombs anointed by the witless Academy with an undeserved Best Picture Oscar, "Tom Jones" may well be the most insufferable. The movie is: A) boring; B) NOT FUNNY (a problem, considering it's supposedly a comedy); C) incredibly ugly to look at; and D) shrill & offensive to the ears -- can anyone's nerves take more than a few trills of the obscenely jaunty solo harpsichord on the soundtrack??? Tony Richardson can't direct -- he never could. I wanted to like this movie for Albert Finney's sake, but the actors don't really matter in a script this dehumanizingly bad. There's nothing anyone can do to scale the jittery, numbingly indulgent tackiness of it all.

Mar 22, 2018

I first saw this film in the theater in 1963, my interest piqued by my mother's instructions that I could see any movie playing downtown except "Tom Jones." It is still one of my all time favorite movies. The silly chicken eating flirtation with the woman who turns out to be his mother is certainly memorable and great fun to watch. Finney's marvelous performance and the strong ensemble make for a memorable film! Get some libations and vittles and sit back and enjoy!!

Mar 02, 2018

Check out the fun Rabelaisian finger-lickin' smackin' scene.

May 11, 2015

Excellent movie adapted from the Fielding tome.

Nov 12, 2014

One of the great historical romps, acted to the hilt by a brilliant cast led by Albert Finney as the goodhearted and rascally Tom, and directed with verve by the late Tony Richardson. A must see, even if you don't like historical movies--especially if you don't like historical movies.

Initially a bit difficult to watch given the period it is set in and that there is period music as well as subtitles dubbed in. An involving story of a baby who is considered to be born out of wedlock and apparently the son of a woman and a barber - the lord of the manor(?) adopts the child.

Not everything is clear in this story, later it is revealed that the son is actually of the lord's sister.

Perhaps the most original and provocative scene is of the young man Tom Jones eating with a woman and they are seated across from each other. Though a scene of less than polite eating, it is almost romantic if not sensual in the mannerisms of the two characters relating to each other as they eat.

Another scene is of a deer hunt with hounds which ends with the deer being "paraded" by one of the hunters and startling a woman's horse into bolting.


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