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The Great Gatsby -- A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

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Release Date:
29 March 1974 (USA) See more »
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Gone is the romance that was so divine.
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A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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All Surface And No Feeling. See more (131 total) »

Cast

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Robert Redford ... Jay Gatsby

Mia Farrow ... Daisy Buchanan

Bruce Dern ... Tom Buchanan

Karen Black ... Myrtle Wilson

Scott Wilson ... George Wilson

Sam Waterston ... Nick Carraway

Lois Chiles ... Jordan Baker
Howard Da Silva ... Meyer Wolfsheim

Roberts Blossom ... Mr. Gatz

Edward Herrmann ... Klipspringer
Elliott Sullivan ... Wilson's Friend
Arthur Hughes ... Dog Vendor

Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Catherine
Beth Porter ... Mrs. McKee
Paul Tamarin ... Mr. McKee
John Devlin ... Gatsby's Bodyguard

Patsy Kensit ... Pamela Buchanan
Marjorie Wildes ... Pamela's Nurse
Blain Fairman ... Policeman (as Blain Fajrman)
Bob Sherman ... Detective at Pool
Norman Chancer ... Detective at Pool (as Norman Chauncer)
Regina Baff ... Miss Baedeker
Janet Arters ... A Twin at Gatsby Party
Louise Arters ... A Twin at Gatsby Party
Sammy Smith ... Comic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brooke Adams ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Berwick ... Reverend (uncredited)

Sean Collins ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Tom Ewell ... Mourner (uncredited)

John Franchi ... Photographer (uncredited)
Linda Hamil ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Duncan Inches ... Party Staffer (uncredited)
Nick Lucas ... Singer (uncredited)
Jerry Mayer ... New York Journal Reporter (uncredited)

Vincent Schiavelli ... Thin Man (uncredited)
Mildred Shay ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Silvern ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Clayton 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Francis Ford Coppola  screenplay
F. Scott Fitzgerald  novel

Produced by
David Merrick .... producer
Hank Moonjean .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Priestley 
 
Production Design by
John Box 
 
Art Direction by
Robert W. Laing  (as Robert Laing)
Gene Rudolf  (as Eugene Rudolf)
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt 
Herbert F. Mulligan  (as Herb Mulligan)
 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
 
Makeup Department
Ramon Gow .... hair stylist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Charles E. Parker .... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
 
Production Management
Norman I. Cohen .... production manager
Peter Price .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alex Hapsas .... assistant director
David Tringham .... assistant director
Michael Green .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Nigel Wooll .... second assistant director: Europe (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bruno Robotti .... charge scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Terry Rawlings .... sound editor
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robin Vidgeon .... assistant cameraman
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Richard E. Brooks .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... key grip (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Irene Lamb .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Matera .... costumes executed by (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nelson Riddle .... composer: additional music
Nelson Riddle .... conductor
Nelson Riddle .... music arranger
Nelson Riddle .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Annabel Davis-Goff .... script supervisor
Mary Jane Houdina .... assistant choreographer
Terry Rawlings .... technical consultant
Jeanie Sims .... assistant: Jack Clayton
Tony Stevens .... choreographer
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Robert Iadevaia .... fruit supplier (uncredited)
 

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144 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2003) | USA:PG

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Trivia:
Natalie Wood was offered the role of Daisy, but she allegedly balked when the producers insisted on a screen test because the actress hadn't been in a movie for over 5 years (since Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Daisy and Gatsby meet, Daisy says "Mr. Tom Buchanan, son of Mr. Tom Buchanan of Chicago, Illinois, blew into my life with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before. He came down with a hundred people in four private railroad cars. He hired a whole floor of the Muhlbach Hotel." The Muhlbach Hotel is in Kansas City. The Seelbach Hotel is in Louisville.See more »
Quotes:
Nick Carraway:They say you killed a man.
Jay Gatsby:Only one?
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Soundtrack:
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26 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
All Surface And No Feeling., 7 May 2006
Author: Flagrant-Baronessa from Sweden

The high-profile, big budget American adaptation The Great Gatsby of the same-titled novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald bombed when it was released in 1974. Jack Clayton directs a star-packed cast and uses a script by Francis Ford Coppola written a few years earlier. Coppola disowned his The Great Gatsby screenplay when he saw the movie, because he felt the movie adaptation ruined his work.

We follow a group of morally decadent upper-class flappers in Long Island in the 1920s, seen through the eyes of our narrator, Nick Carraway (Sam Waterson). Central to all of them, and arguably the main character, is Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford) who is living the American dream; he is extremely rich, throws lavish parties and fights for the woman he loves, Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow). Gatsby is a working class hero who started with nothing, only he lies and puts on a charade to get ahead in life. The movie follows the novel almost religiously, scene-by-scene, paying great attention to details like colors and scenery. It is a faithful, but lackluster adaptation that lacks any depth. It tries, but it never succeeds to do the Great American Novel justice and instead it drags on for two and a half hours without making a point or addressing any of Fitzgerald's themes.

Director Jack Clayton was a born and bred British citizen and perhaps this is why he fails in recreating the great American novel. What is curious to note is that Clayton seems to fully grasp the complexity of Fitzgerald's characters, the significance of the American dream and the importance of the setting. Yet, he only succeeds in translating one of these onto the screen, namely the setting.

The Great Gatsby is visually astonishing, much like the novel, but scratch the surface and you find nothing. The visual realization is the one redeeming achievement in the movie. The great attention paid to details such as hair-cuts, period suits and sophisticated design and setting impressively captures the essence of the roaring twenties. The lavish parties thrown by Gatsby at his beautiful house are the most noteworthy as they capture the spirit of the times and stay true to the novel. This visual authenticity was rewarded in the form of two Oscar grabs for best musical score and best costume at the 1975 Academy Awards.

Similarly, all characters look the parts well enough, the exceptions perhaps being the all-too-pleasant-looking Bruce Dern as the brutish Tom Buchanan and his mistress, the-too-gaunt-looking Karen Black as the curvy Myrtle Wilson. Robert Redford is perfectly debonair as the mysterious Jay Gatsby; even his clear blue eyes embody the idealism of the character. That takes care of the visual. It ends there, however, as Redford struggles to add depth to the character of Great Gatsby, leaving us with a 'mediocre' Gatsby who is too self-assured and not dreaming enough. I found the beautiful Lois Chiles to be the light of this film. She is perfect for the part of Jordon Baker, a jaded, tomboyish flapper who cheats on the golf-course and surrounds herself with entertaining people so as to not snooze off.

My biggest problem with this book-to-film adaptation is lack of depth around Gatsby's and Daisy's relationship. It appears to have been transformed into a lustful love-story (bordering on triangle with Nick present and heavily breathing by Gatsby's side) and strayed away from important themes and motives, such as why the characters feel the way they feel or do the things they do. Rather than make Daisy out as the characterization of the American Dream and the unattainable and add some depth to her complex character, she is made out as a lackluster soap opera queen with an occasionally hysterically high-pitched voice. This is the voice that F. Scott Fitzgerald described as being "full of money" in the novel, which suggests more subtlety and sophistication than what Mia Farrow achieves.

I appreciate the difficulty in translating The Great Gatsby onto screen as the strength of the novel is its richness of language, symbolism and imagery. To include all of these aspects in a film would make it visually overblown and perhaps detract from important details (like the bright flowing dresses that Daisy and Jordan wear symbolizing carelessness and coldness). In this sense, Clayton succeeds as he gets us to notice the little things. The symbolism of the novel is mostly lost, however; the color green which is so important in The Great Gatsby is present, but neglected. In the novel, it represented the American Dream and, indeed, the first time we see Gatsby his mysterious silhouette takes this color. It fades as the movie plays on, instead of integrating it into Gatsby's character and dream. The lack of green grass visible during Gatsby's vivacious parties was a low point as the grass holds great symbolism for Gatsby's yearning to renew his life and start over again with a fresh start, new friends and a new outlook on life. A subtle background use of the color green might also have helped this movie in addressing the American Dream.

The Great Gatsby is a fantastic portrayal of an era—the 1920s—but does not do F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel justice in the least. Perhaps this is why, being a fan of the source material, that Coppola disowned his screenplay.

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