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Gone with the Wind -- Margaret Mitchell's epic American classic! The Civil War-era South comes alive with the pasionate story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler.
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Writers:
Margaret Mitchell (story)
Sidney Howard (screen play)
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Release Date:
17 January 1940 (USA) See more »
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For the thousands who remember its unparalleled drama, action and romance! For the new thousands to whom the wonders will be revealed for the first time! Breathtaking spectacle, inspired acting by the greatest cast ever assembled! The screen's most exciting love story! The most-talked about picture ever made! [reissue] See more »
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 8 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Thomas Mitchell ... Gerald O'Hara

Barbara O'Neil ... Ellen - His Wife (as Barbara O'Neill)

Vivien Leigh ... Scarlett - Their Daughter

Evelyn Keyes ... Suellen - Their Daughter

Ann Rutherford ... Carreen - Their Daughter

George Reeves ... Brent Tarleton - Scarlett's Beau
Fred Crane ... Stuart Tarleton - Scarlett's Beau

Hattie McDaniel ... Mammy - House Servant
Oscar Polk ... Pork - House Servant

Butterfly McQueen ... Prissy - House Servant

Victor Jory ... Jonas Wilkerson - Field Overseer
Everett Brown ... Big Sam - Field Foreman
Howard C. Hickman ... John Wilkes (as Howard Hickman)
Alicia Rhett ... India - His Daughter

Leslie Howard ... Ashley - His Son

Olivia de Havilland ... Melanie Hamilton - Their Cousin

Rand Brooks ... Charles Hamilton - Her Brother
Carroll Nye ... Frank Kennedy - A Guest

Clark Gable ... Rhett Butler - Visitor from Charleston
Laura Hope Crews ... Aunt 'Pittypat' Hamilton

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Uncle Peter - Her Coachman (as Eddie Anderson)

Harry Davenport ... Dr. Meade
Leona Roberts ... Mrs. Meade

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Merriwether
Ona Munson ... Belle Watling
Paul Hurst ... Yankee Deserter

Isabel Jewell ... Emmy Slattery
Cammie King Conlon ... Bonnie Blue Butler (as Cammie King)
Eric Linden ... Amputation Case
J.M. Kerrigan ... Johnny Gallagher

Ward Bond ... Tom - Yankee Captain
Jackie Moran ... Phil Meade

Cliff Edwards ... Reminiscent Soldier
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Bonnie's Nurse in London (as L. Kemble-Cooper)
Yakima Canutt ... Renegade
Marcella Martin ... Cathleen Calvert
Louis Jean Heydt ... Hungry Soldier Holding Beau Wilkes
Mickey Kuhn ... Beau Wilkes
Olin Howland ... A Carpetbagger Businessman
Irving Bacon ... Corporal
Robert Elliott ... Yankee Major

William Bakewell ... Mounted Officer

Mary Anderson ... Maybelle Merriwether
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Albright ... Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... Rafe Calvert (uncredited)

John Arledge ... Dying Soldier (uncredited)
Roscoe Ates ... Convalescent Soldier (uncredited)
Trevor Bardette ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lennie Bluett ... Yankee Soldier in Shantytown / Townsperson (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Gentleman at Twelve Oaks Barbecue (uncredited)
Daisy Bufford ... Housemaid at Evening Prayers (uncredited)
Ann Bupp ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Bush ... Gentleman (uncredited)
Ruth Byers ... Housemaid at Evening Prayers (uncredited)
Gary Carlson ... Beau Wilkes (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Atlanta Citizen (uncredited)
Louise Carter ... Bandleader's Wife (uncredited)
Shirley Chambers ... Belle's Girl (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Sergeant at Hospital (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Poker-Playing Captain (uncredited)
Richard Clucas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Collapsing Soldier (uncredited)
Billy Cook ... Boy with Tears When Death Rolls Are Read (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Martina Cortina ... Housemaid at Twelve Oaks (uncredited)
Luke Cosgrave ... Bandleader (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Yankee Soldier in Shantytown (uncredited)
Patrick Curtis ... Melanie's Baby (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... Belle's Girl (uncredited)
Ned Davenport ... Jewel Collector at Bazaar (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Phyllis Douglas ... Bonnie Blue Butler - Age 2 (uncredited)
Joan Drake ... Hospital Nurse (uncredited)
F. Driver ... Housemaid at Evening Prayers (uncredited)
Edythe Elliott ... General's Wife (uncredited)
Susan Falligant ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Soldier (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Soldier Aiding Dr. Meade (uncredited)
Kelly Griffin ... Bonnie Blue Butler as Newborn (uncredited)
George Hackathorne ... Wounded Soldier in Pain (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Yankee Soldier in Shantytown (uncredited)
Evelyn Harding ... Cancan Girl (uncredited)
Inez Hatchett ... Housemaid at Twelve Oaks (uncredited)
Jean Heker ... Hospital Nurse (uncredited)
Ricky Holt ... Melanie's Son (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Southern Dandy (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Dancer - Atlanta Bazaar (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Yankee on Street (uncredited)
Tommy Kelly ... Boy in Band (uncredited)
Emmett King ... Party Guest (uncredited)
W. Kirby ... Yankee Soldier in Shantytown (uncredited)
Timothy J. Lonergan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Margaret Mann ... Woman Writing Letter at Atlanta Church Hospital (uncredited)
William McClain ... Old Levi (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Poker-Playing Captain (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Man with Stove Pipe Hat in Charge of Convict Workers (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Rene Picard (uncredited)
Adrian Morris ... Carpetbagger Orator (uncredited)
Lee Murray ... Drummerboy (uncredited)
H. Nellman ... Yankee Soldier in Shantytown (uncredited)
David Newell ... Cade Calvert (uncredited)
Naomi Pharr ... Housemaid at Evening Prayers (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bartender (uncredited)
Spencer Quinn ... Extra (uncredited)
Jolane Reynolds ... Cancan Girl (uncredited)
Marjorie Reynolds ... Guest at Twelve Oaks (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Cancan Girl (uncredited)
Louisa Robert ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Azarene Rogers ... Housemaid at Twelve Oaks (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Guest at Birthday Party (uncredited)
Tom Seidel ... Tony Fontaine (uncredited)
Terry Shero ... Fanny Elsing (uncredited)
William Stack ... Minister (uncredited)
William Stelling ... Returning Veteran (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Tom's Aide (uncredited)
Dirk Wayne Summers ... Youngest Boy in Band (uncredited)
Emerson Treacy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Phillip Trent ... Gentleman / Bearded Confederate on Steps of Tara (uncredited)
Julia Ann Tuck ... Bonnie at Six Months (uncredited)
Tom Tyler ... Commanding Officer During Evacuation (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Gentleman at Twelve Oaks Barbecue (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Frank Kennedy's Clerk (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Renegade's Companion (uncredited)
Rita Waterhouse ... Girl in Blue Dress (uncredited)
John Joseph Waterman Jr. ... New Born Baby Boy (uncredited)

Dan White ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
Sarah Whitley ... Housemaid at Twelve Oaks (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ... Carpetbagger's Friend (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Wounded Card Player (uncredited)
Zack Williams ... Elijah (uncredited)

John Wray ... Prison Gang Overseer (uncredited)

Directed by
Victor Fleming 
George Cukor (uncredited)
Sam Wood (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Margaret Mitchell (story of the old south "Gone with the Wind")

Sidney Howard (screen play)

Oliver H.P. Garrett  contributing writer (uncredited)
Ben Hecht  contributing writer (uncredited)
Jo Swerling  contributing writer (uncredited)
John Van Druten  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photographed by)
Lee Garmes (photographed by) (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Charles Richards (uncredited)
Fred Schuessler (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies (this production designed by)
 
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist: Miss Leigh (uncredited)
Ben Nye .... associate hair stylist (uncredited)
Ben Nye .... associate makeup artist (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers .... associate hair stylist (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers .... associate makeup artist (uncredited)
Paul Stanhope .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Monte Westmore .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Monte Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager
William J. Scully .... unit manager (uncredited)
Daniel T. Shea .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Stacey .... assistant director (as Eric G. Stacey)
Peter Ballbusch .... second unit director (uncredited)
Ridgeway Callow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
B. Reeves Eason .... second unit director (uncredited)
Arthur Fellows .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
James A. FitzPatrick .... second unit director: Southern backgrounds (uncredited)
Harve Foster .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Chester M. Franklin .... second unit director: Chico unit (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies .... second unit director (uncredited)
John Sherwood .... second second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Ralph Slosser .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Edward G. Boyle .... interior decorator
Joseph B. Platt .... interiors
Harold Coles .... property manager (uncredited)
Arden Cripe .... on-set propmaster (uncredited)
Hobe Erwin .... set designer (uncredited) (replaced)
Harold Fenton .... construction superintendent (uncredited)
James Forney .... drapes (uncredited)
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
Ross B. Jackman .... propmaker (uncredited)
J. McMillan Johnson .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Roy McLaughlin .... greensman (uncredited)
Joseph B. Platt .... set designer (uncredited)
George Rule .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Henry J. Stahl .... art department supervisor (uncredited)
Florence Yoch .... landscaping: Tara (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank Maher .... recorder
Fred Albin .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Fred Albin .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
T.A. Carman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Arthur Johns .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Arthur Johns .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Thomas T. Moulton .... sound director (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
R.D. Musgrave .... mechanical effects supervisor (uncredited)
Lee Zavitz .... fire effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects
F.R. Abbott .... back projection (uncredited)
Haller Belt .... back projection (uncredited)
Alan Cook .... back projection (uncredited)
Byron L. Crabbe .... matte artist (uncredited)
Fitch Fulton .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jack Shaw .... matte artist (uncredited)
Albert Simpson .... matte artist (uncredited)
Clarence Slifer .... special effects cinematographer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: Clark Gable (uncredited)
Ruth Cedar .... stunt double: Vivien Leigh (uncredited)
B. Reeves Eason .... stunts (uncredited)
Dorothy Mae Fargo .... stunt double: Vivien Leigh (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Fawcett .... stunt double: Paul Hurst (uncredited)
Lila Finn .... stunt double: Vivien Leigh (uncredited)
Peggy Fior .... stunt double: Vivien Leigh (uncredited)
Aline Goodwin .... stunt double: Vivien Leigh (uncredited)
Carey Harrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Mozelle Miller .... stunt double: Vivien Leigh (uncredited)
Joan Rodgers .... stunt double: Vivien Leigh (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith .... stunt double: Clark Gable (uncredited)
Richard Smith .... stunt double: Cammie King (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Hazel Warp .... stunt double: Vivien Leigh (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur E. Arling .... camera operator (uncredited)
R.J. Campbell .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Roy Clark .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Vincent J. Farrar .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Hill .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Ivano .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Vic Jones .... electrician (uncredited)
Wally Oettel .... electrical superintendent (uncredited)
Roy F. Overbaugh .... camera department head (uncredited)
Fred Parrish .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Potevin .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Harold Rosson .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Karl Struss .... director of photography: Technicolor tests (uncredited)
Arthur Williams .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Williams .... chief grip (uncredited)
Harry L. Wolf .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Harvey Clermont .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Charles Richards .... casting manager (uncredited)
Fred Schuessler .... casting manager (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marion Dabney .... associate wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Elmer Ellsworth .... associate wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
John Frederics .... hat designer: Scarlett (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Edward P. Lambert .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Edward Maeder .... consultant: costumes (uncredited)
Michi Okubo .... costumer (uncredited)
Eddie Schmidt .... tailor: Mr. Gable (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
James E. Newcom .... associate film editor
Ernie Leadlay .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Richard L. Van Enger .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... assistant musical director (as Lou Forbes)
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
R.H. Bassett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dudley Chambers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Cecil Copping .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Stuart Frye .... music editor (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Kay .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Hay Malotte .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Earl B. Mounce .... music mixer (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Darol Rice .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joyce Allen .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
George Doan .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wilfred M. Cline .... technicolor associate (as Wilfrid M. Cline)
Natalie Kalmus .... supervisor: Technicolor Co.
Barbara Keon .... scenario assistant
Wilbur G. Kurtz .... historian
Susan Myrick .... technical advisor
Will Price .... technical advisor
Ray Rennahan .... technicolor associate
Betty Baldwin .... executive secretary: Mr. Selznick (uncredited)
Peter Ballbusch .... montage director (uncredited)
Russell Birdwell .... publicist (uncredited)
Katherine Brown .... story editor: Eastern (uncredited)
William Clark .... wrangler (uncredited)
Sally De Marco .... dance double: Vivian Leigh (uncredited)
Lillian K. Deighton .... researcher (uncredited)
Howard Dietz .... publicist: Atlanta and New York premieres (uncredited)
Connie Earl .... script clerk (uncredited)
Frank Floyd .... dance director (uncredited)
Henry Ginsberg .... studio manager (uncredited)
Charles Handley .... consultant: National Carbon Corp. (uncredited)
Carey Harrison .... riding double: Thomas Mitchell (uncredited)
William Hebert .... assistant: Mr. Dietz (uncredited)
Will Hill .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Winton C. Hoch .... consultant: Technicolor Color Company (uncredited)
Henri Jaffa .... associate supervisor: Technicolor Co. (uncredited)
David Joy .... consultant: National Carbon Corp. (uncredited)
Val Lewton .... story editor (uncredited)
Al Lichtman .... agent: Loew's Inc. (uncredited)
Mason N. Litson .... location manager (uncredited)
Franclein Macconnel .... script reader (uncredited)
William S. McCune .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mozelle Miller .... stand-in: Ms. Leigh (uncredited)
Richard Mueller .... color advisor (uncredited)
R.D. Musgrave .... mechanical engineer (uncredited)
Eddie Prinz .... dance director (uncredited)
Lydia Schiller .... script clerk (uncredited)
Myron Selznick .... production associate (uncredited)
Howard Strickling .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey .... double: Leslie Howard (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck .... trailer supervisor (uncredited)
C.V. Whitney .... production associate (uncredited)
John Hay Whitney .... production associate (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
238 min | Sweden:223 min (1969 re-release) | Sweden:234 min (1985 re-release) | UK:224 min (1994 re-release) | UK:233 min (1989 re-release) | 226 min (copyright length)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Belgium:KT | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (British Columbia/Nova Scotia/Québec) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1970) | Finland:K-16 (1949) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Mexico:B (2014) | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:6 (TV rating) | Netherlands:6 (Blu-ray rating) (2009) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Peru:PT | Portugal:17 | Portugal:M/16 (R-14) (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 (re-re-rating) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-release) (1985) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1989) (2013) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (1994) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (original release) (PCA #5729) | USA:G (re-rating) (1971) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tallulah Bankhead reportedly turned down the role of Belle Watling.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Rhett kisses Scarlett goodbye right before he enlists, he drops his hat on the ground. He kisses her and picks it up from atop a fence post.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 of you boys says "war" just once again, I'll go in the house and slam the door.
Brent Tarleton:But Scarlett, honey...
Stuart Tarleton:Don't you *want* us to have a war?
[...]
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178 out of 228 people found the following review useful.
Georgia on my mind, 22 February 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

This film shows the best of the American cinema. Whether we like the film, or not, one has to recognize the greatest achievement, perhaps, of the creative talent of the people working in the movie industry. "Gone with the Wind" represents a monumental leap, as well as a departure, for the movies, as they were done prior to this film.

The vision of David O. Selznick, the power behind bringing Margaret Mitchell's massive account about the South, before and after the Civil War, pays handsomely with the film that Victor Fleming directed. This movie will live forever because it reminds us of how this great nation came into being, despite the different opinions from the two stubborn factions in the war.

"Gone with the Wind" brought together the best people in Hollywood. The end result is the stunning film that for about four hours keep us interested in the story unfolding in the screen. Of course, credit must be due to the director, Victor Fleming, and his vision, as well as the adaptation by Sydney Howard, who gave the right tone to the film. The gorgeous cinematography created by Ernest Haller gives us a vision of the gentle South before the war, and the Phoenix raising from the ashes of a burned Atlanta. The music of Max Steiner puts the right touch behind all that is seen in the movie.

One can't conceive another Scarlett O'Hara played by no one, but Vivien Leigh. Her beauty, her sense of timing, her intelligent approach to this role, makes this a hallmark performance. Ms. Leigh was at the best moment of her distinguished career and it shows. Scarlett goes from riches to rags, back to riches again and in the process finds an inner strength she didn't know she possessed. Her impossible love for Ashley will consume her and will keep her away from returning the love to the man that really loves her, Rhett.

The same thing applies to the Rhett Butler of Clark Gable. No one else comes to mind for playing him with the passion he projects throughout the movie. This is a man's man. Captain Butler was torn between his loyalty to the cause of the South and his sense of decency. His love for Scarlett, the woman he knows is in love with a dream, speaks eloquently for itself.

The other two principals, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard, give performances that are amazing to watch. Ms. de Havilland's Melanie Hamilton is perfect. Melanie is loyal to the woman that does everything to undermine her marriage to Ashley. Mr. Howard's Ashley gives a perfect balance to the man in love with his wife, while Scarlett keeps tempting him.

The rest of the cast is too numerous to make justice to all the actors one sees on the screen, but omitting the contribution of Hattie McDaniel to the film would be sinful. Ms. McDaniel was such a natural actress that she is excellent no matter in what movie she is playing. This huge talent is a joy to watch.

Comments to this forum express their objections to the way the race relations play in the movie, but being realistic, this movie speaks about the not too distant past where all kinds of atrocities, such as the slavery, were the norm of the land. While those things are repugnant to acknowledge, in the film, they are kept at a minimum. After all, this film is based on a book by one of the daughters of that South, Margaret Mitchell, who is presenting the story as she saw it in her mind, no doubt told to her from relatives that lived in that period of a horrible page in the American history.

Enjoy this monumental classic in all its splendor.

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