The film is set during April of 1984 in post-atomic war London, the capital city of the repressive totalitarian state of Oceania. Winston Smith (John Hurt) is a government bureaucrat whose job is rewriting history and erasing people from existence. While his co-worker Parsons (Gregor Fisher) seems content to follow the state's laws, Winston starts to write in a secret diary despite the fact the "Big Brother" is watching everyone at all times by way of monitors. He silently suffers and tries to comprehend his oppression, which forbids individual human behaviors such as free thinking and sex. He meets Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), who works for the Ministry of Truth, and they engage in a stoic love affair. They are soon found out, and Winston is interrogated and tortured by his former friend O'Brien (Richard Burton in his final film appearance).
All of Muldowney's original score has been digitally remastered and mixed by academy award-winning sound designer and composer Alan Howarth using the original 24-track recordings., and can now be heard here for the first time anywhere. This CD inclues A full-color twelve-page booklet accompanies the album and includes liner notes by the film's director, Michael Radford, and a collection of never-before-seen photographs and pre-production sketches from the film's production designer, Allan Cameron ("Highlander," "Starship Troopers")..
2. This Is Our Land
3. Main Title: "Oceania, 'Tis for Thee"
4. Winston's Diary/The Dream
5. Dead Insects and Cheap Perfume
6. The Ministry of Truth
8. The Chestnut Tree Cafe/Victory March for the Returning Heroes of the Malabar Front 9. Paddington Station/"The Hiking Song"
10. Winston and Julia
11. Party Rally
12. A Room Upstairs at Charrington's
13. Was There Ever a Time?
14. Winston Meets O'Brien
15. Leaving the Proletarian Zone
16. The Inner Party Speaker
17. Memories of Mother
18. Victory Square
19. "The Washerwoman's Song"
20. The Place Where There is No Darkness
21. The White Cell
22. The Corridor to Room 101
23. Winston at the Cafe
24. End Titles