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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?


One of the qualities that makes the finale of "Gone with the Wind" (1936) and its film adaptation memorable is the lack of a happy ending. Melanie dies, Rhett and Scarlett end their marriage, and both leave Atlanta to return to their respective birthplace. Hardly a happy note there. But the ending is also ambiguous. None of them is dead yet, and there is room for more life for them. "Tomorrow is another day". See more »


After he rides, Mr. O'Hara walks toward Scarlett holding the stick in the right hand. In the next shot the stick appears in his left hand. 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

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 »


Referenced in Alice Goodbody (1974) See more »


Lou'siana Belle
(1847) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score for Twelve Oaks scenes
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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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