The first film adaptation of
The second film adaptation was released in the actual year 1984, directed by Michael Radford and starring John Hurt, Richard Burton, and Suzanna Hamilton. This adaptation remained more faithful to the plot of the novel, although it diverged significantly in its ending. In the film, Winston’s confession is broadcast publicly after he is released from the Ministry of Love. While the film—like the novel—ends with Winston encountering an image of Big Brother, the film seems to indicate that the image instills shame, regret, or grief in Winston, while the image in the novel instills love for Big Brother. Like its predecessor, this adaptation was well-received, but not a major hit.