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Gone with the Wind (1939)

G  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  17 January 1940 (USA)
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen - His Wife (as Barbara O'Neill)
Fred Crane ...
Oscar Polk ...
Everett Brown ...
Howard C. Hickman ...
John Wilkes (as Howard Hickman)
Alicia Rhett ...


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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The greatest romance of all time! See more »


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

17 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo que el viento se llevó  »

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Box Office


$3,977,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$198,655,278 (USA) (13 November 1998)

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Technical Specs


| (1969 re-release) | (1985 re-release) | (1994 re-release) | (1989 re-release) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


While Gerald nominally continues running the Tara plantation until loosing his mind, the novel indicates that his wife Ellen was actually the hands-on manager of day-to-day operations. He depended on her. See more »


When India and Suellen discuss Scarlett's flirtations with their respective suitors, they are standing in front of a large mirror which reflects the central landing (with the window), the full width of the descending stairs and the left-hand railing. Scarlett meets Frank Kennedy coming down the left-hand side and flirts with him midway up from the base to the landing (well within the area reflected by the mirror). However when the sister remarks upon this flirtation, neither Scarlett nor Frank is reflected in the mirror. See more »


[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

Rather than simply saying "Selznick International in association with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer presents Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With the Wind'", the opening credits say "Selznick International in association with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer has the honor to present its Technicolor production of Margaret Mitchell's story of the Old South 'Gone With the Wind'". See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #25.39 (2008) See more »


When Johnny Comes Marching Home
(1863) (uncredited)
Written by Louis Lambert
(Pseudonym for Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore)
In the score at Gettysburg and other sections
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The Greatest Film of its Time, and All Time
27 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I believe that when one views a film, one should consider the context in which it was made.

Barely 10 years after talking pictures were first created; less than that after the first full-length color feature film was created; near the end of the greatest depression this country ever experienced, and in which pretty much the only entertainment available to most was radio or the movies; David O Selznik decided to turn the biggest pot-boiler blockbuster novel into a movie.

And what a movie. Stunning color, the most popular mail actor of his time, perfect music score, incredible action scenes, story line only 70 years removed from when it happened, and on, and on. Can you imagine what a store-clerk or a farmer, or a teacher experienced in that world, seeing Gone With the Wind? What was there to compare with? 1939 was a watershed year for great movies, and this one was the greatest produced. Try watching this movie as if there were no TV, no DVD's, only a few radio stations, spending maybe the second to the last quarter you owned, never having seen such a movie before, and you get what I mean. Masterful for its time, and still timeless today.

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