George Orwell's classic novel from 1949 has been adapted for the screen several times. In this first film, we see the Oscar awarded actor Edmond O'Brien in the lead role. In the futuristic superstate Oceania, society is governed with an iron hand. The state has almost complete mind control over its citizens and the individual's attempt to escape is condemned to fail. Winston Smith's battle against this society could be fatal. The love of another person can be punished with death and "Big Brother" monitors everything. But love can also make you hopeful. Perhaps the secret, regime-critical conspiracy exists after all, and perhaps the dictatorship can be overthrown!