Tony Richardson

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

In the early 1960s, at the height of the British New Wave, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful territory than the gritty realism of the movement they’d helped establish. Tom Jones brings a theatrical flair to Henry Fielding’s canonical eighteenth-century novel, boisterously chronicling the misadventures of the foundling of the title (Albert Finney, in a career-defining performance), whose easy charm seems to lead him astray at every turn from his beloved, the wellborn Sophie Western (Susannah York). This spirited picaresque, evocatively shot in England’s rambling countryside and featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, went on to become a worldwide sensation, winning the Oscar for best picture on the way to securing its status as a classic of irreverent wit and playful cinematic expression.

Film Info

  • Tony Richardson
  • United Kingdom
  • 1963
  • 128 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #910

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director’s cut, both supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks on the Blu-ray
  • New program on the film’s cinematography featuring Lassally
  • New interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movie’s impact on British cinema
  • Excerpt from a 1982 episode of The Dick Cavett Show featuring actor Albert Finney
  • New interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on her former husband, director Tony Richardson
  • Illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film
  • New interview with the editor of the director’s cut, Robert Lambert
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard
    Illustration by Richard Haines

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director’s cut, both supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks on the Blu-ray
  • New program on the film’s cinematography featuring Lassally
  • New interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movie’s impact on British cinema
  • Excerpt from a 1982 episode of The Dick Cavett Show featuring actor Albert Finney
  • New interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on her former husband, director Tony Richardson
  • Illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film
  • New interview with the editor of the director’s cut, Robert Lambert
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard
    Illustration by Richard Haines
Tom Jones
Cast
Albert Finney
Tom Jones
Susannah York
Sophie Western
Hugh Griffith
Squire Western
Edith Evans
Miss Western
Joan Greenwood
Lady Bellaston
Diane Cilento
Molly Seagrim
George Devine
Squire Allworthy
David Tomlinson
Lord Fellamar
Angela Baddeley
Mrs. Wilkins
Avis Bunnage
Landlady, George Inn
Peter Bull
Thwackum
George A. Cooper
Mr. Fitzpatrick
Mark Dignam
Lieutenant
Rachel Kempson
Bridget Allworthy
Rosalind Knight
Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Wilfrid Lawson
Black George
John Moffatt
Mr. Square
Lynn Redgrave
Susan, Upton Inn
Joyce Redman
Jenny Jones/Mrs. Waters
David Warner
Blifil
Micheál MacLiammóir
Narration spoken by
Credits
Director
Tony Richardson
Produced by
Tony Richardson
Screenplay by
John Osborne
Based on the novel by
Henry Fielding
Director of photography
Walter Lassally
Music composed and conducted by
John Addison
Music played by
Sinfonia of London
Production designer
Ralph Brinton
Color consultant
Jocelyn Herbert
Art director
Ted Marshall
Film editor
Antony Gibbs
Camera operator
Desmond Davis

From The Current

A Touch of Modernity in Tom Jones
A Touch of Modernity in Tom Jones

Scholar Donald Petrie delves into how inspired choices in casting and cinematography gave Tony Richardson’s Oscar-winning period comedy its modern sensibility.

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Mar 6, 2018
Tom Jones: Tomorrow Do Thy Worst
Tom Jones: Tomorrow Do Thy Worst

Director Tony Richardson refracts the bawdy spirit of the 1960s through this brilliantly distilled take on an eighteenth-century picaresque.

By Neil Sinyard

On Film / Essays — Feb 27, 2018
A Spotlight on Restoration in Columbus

Repertory Picks

A Spotlight on Restoration in Columbus

As part of the fourth annual Cinema Revival, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, will screen our 4K restoration of Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones.

On Film / In Theaters
Feb 22, 2018