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Tom Jones (1963) was a Adventure - Comedy Film directed by Tony Richardson and produced by Tony Richardson, Michael Holden, Oscar Lewenstein and Michael Balcon.

The film was based on the novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling written by Henry Fielding published in 1749.

Academy Awards 1963 --- Ceremony Number 36 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorAlbert FinneyNominated
Best Supporting ActorHugh GriffithNominated
Best Supporting ActressDiane CilentoNominated
Best Supporting ActressDame Edith EvansNominated
Best Supporting ActressJoyce RedmanNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Ralph Brinton, Ted Marshall, Jocelyn Herbert; Set Decoration: Josie MacAvinNominated
Best DirectorTony RichardsonWon
Best Music - ScoringJohn AddisonWon
Best PictureTony Richardson, ProducerWon
Best WritingJohn OsborneWon
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Squire Allworthy: [to Tom, when not expected to recover from a carriage accident] I am convinced, my boy, that you have much goodness, generosity and honor in your nature. If you will add prudence and religion to those, you must be happy.


Squire Western: [At the cemetery: shrugging indifferently as Bridget Blifil has just been laid to rest] Well, there's another one gone.


Squire Allworthy: [Mr. Allworthy, in his sickbed after his carriage accident has brought him to death's door, prepares to tell his will to assorted members of the household. Tom Jones weeps at his bedside] Do not grieve, my dear nephew. Do not grieve.
Tom Jones: Sir, you cannot die!
Squire Allworthy: Death comes to us all, Tom. I've asked you here to tell you my will. Nephew Blifil, I leave you heir to my whole estate, with three exceptions. To you my dear Tom, I have given an estate of 800 pounds a year, together with a thousand pounds in ready money. I am convinced, my boy, that you have much goodness, generosity and honor in your nature. If you will add prudence, and religion, to these, you must be happy. One thousand pounds I leave to you, Mr. Thwackum, and a like sum to you, Mr. Square, which I am convinced exceeds your desires as well as your wants.


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At the time that the film was made, director Tony Richardson was the son-in-law of Rachel Kempson (Bridget Allworthy) and the brother-in-law of Lynn Redgrave (Susan), as he was married to Vanessa Redgrave from 1962 to 1967.
Much of the scene in which Tom Jones and Mrs. Waters are eating together was improvised during the three hours it took to shoot, and the actors felt the effects from the food for days.
Lynn Redgrave's film debut.
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