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Gone with the Wind (1939)

American film classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

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(story of the old south "Gone with the Wind"), (screenplay)
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John Wilkes (as Howard Hickman)
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Storyline

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Release Date:

17 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo que el viento se llevó  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,977,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,192,593 (USA) (26 June 1998)

Gross:

$198,655,278 (USA) (13 November 1998)
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| (1969 re-release) | (1985 re-release) | (1994 re-release) | (1989 re-release) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The depiction of the Reconstruction era in the novel is largely consistent with the positions of the Dunning School, a tradition of American historians. Their positions have been summarized as following: 1) Reconstruction was a period of legislative interference by northern Republicans and was characterized by large-scale corruption. 2) The northerners crushed the old planter class with excessive taxation and pocketed the money. 3) The Ku Klux Klan and other "redeemers" were formed in reaction to the crisis, and aimed primarily to restore older and stable self-government to the South. 4) The Northern occupying forces, the freedmen and their collaborators were outright villains. These views were primarily popular between the 1900s and 1960s, and many of those views are still popular in the Southern United States. See more »

Goofs

While Melanie is talking to a soldier in the hospital he tells her that he hasn't heard from his brother Jeff since the Battle of Bull Run. That battle was called Bull Run by soldiers of the North. It was called The Battle of Manassas by soldiers of the South. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brent Tarleton: What do we care if we *were* expelled from college, Scarlett? The war is gonna start any day now, so we'd have left college anyhow.
Stuart Tarleton: War! Isn't it exciting, Scarlett? You know those fool Yankees actually *want* a war?
Brent Tarleton: We'll show 'em!
Scarlett: Fiddle-dee-dee! War, war, war; this war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides... there isn't going to be any war.
Brent Tarleton: Not going to be any war?
Stuart Tarleton: Why, honey, of course there's gonna be a war.
Scarlett: If either ...
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Crazy Credits

George Reeves is credited as playing the part of Brent Tarleton, and Fred Crane is billed as Stuart Tarleton. This is incorrect: Crane played Brent, and Reeves played Stuart. See more »

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Soundtracks

Massa's in de Cold Ground
(1852) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score for the death of Charles and Frank
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A great American classic
7 January 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'Gone with the Wind' is one of the greatest American classics ever made. It tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, played the very beautiful Vivien Leigh. She is one of the most selfish heroines you will ever see in a movie and still care for her. She is in love with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) but he marries to Melanie Hamilton. She is played by Olivia de Havilland in a great performance. A new man in Scarlett's life is Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) but Scarlett does everything to get what she wants including marrying someone for money and her own benefit. Rhett loves Scarlett with all his heart, mainly because they are much the same. They both think the world is there for them. Melanie and Scarlett become friends.

The movie is set in the time of the Civil War. What happens exactly with Scarlett, Rhett, Ashley and Melanie is for you to see but the war is pretty important for the story and the way it is used is great. The story itself is great anyway. Although the movie is long it is never boring. A reason for that is the performances. I already mentioned Olivia de Havilland, Clark Gable is very good, charming and sometimes funny, Hattie McDaniel as the black made is outstanding but I have to say that the best thing in this movie is Vivien Leigh. To make you care for a character like that is a pretty hard thing to do, but she makes it seem so easy. It is one of the strongest performances I have seen.

Besides the story and the acting we have the music, the sets, the costumes, the cinematography and of course the direction. It is all great. It was made in 1939 and over 60 years later it still is a very impressive movie.


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