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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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Fairly the best version by now,yet not perfect See more (127 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)
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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)
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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Runtime:
144 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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:
Revealing mistakes: When George Wilson removes his gun from the paper bag, his gun is clearly not loaded.See more »
Quotes:
Daisy Buchanan:[embracing a shirt and weeping, presumably from joy, as Gatsby gleefully throws dozens of imported golf shirts across the room] I've never seen such beautiful shirts before.See more »
Soundtrack:
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12 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Fairly the best version by now,yet not perfect, 1 March 2005
Author: Vlad Rotariu (vlady_r2002@yahoo.com) from Sibiu, Romania

Well,it is by now the best version of Gatsby,and I've seen three of the total four(all except the 1926 version,anyway unobtainable today). I think this one came closest to the original novel,yet much different from the original Fitzgerald novel-which,by the way is one of the best,if not the absolute best American novel ever to be written. The settings,music,original quotes,the acting are accurate only up to a certain point,a careful viewer discovering many inaccurate details if the film is compared to the book-Bruce Dern doesn't resemble Tom Buchanan at all,the actual Tom Buchanan being either a hulking brute(Oliver Reed or James Garner fitting much more accurately into that description,with their animal,macho-like physical structure,Reed's character from Women in Love even being a rich heir and playboy,a careless,spoiled,selfish,snobbish,hollowly narrow-minded and depraved bully)or an inexpressively beautiful all-American WASP,the cute,unimaginative,well-educated,dull,and again snobbish boy next door(even Redford could have been more convincing as Tom Buchanan:both more convincing as Dern and more convincing than his performance of Gatsby),Gatsby's Rolls-Royce couldn't have been a 1922 car because in the film we see a Rolls-Royce Corniche from 1925,actually the events even take place in 1925,not in 1922 like in the book,since eight,not five years have elapsed since Gatsby's first date with Daisy back in 1917,Gatsby's house isn't the like the one depicted in the book,certainly not the copy of an old castle from the Normandie(for example Hearst Ranch,which stood as a model both for Fitzgerald as he described Gatsby's home and for Citizen Kane's Xanadu)would have been a good choice,Daisy's hair is not blonde but dark,while Jordan Baker actually is blond,while she isn't blond in this film.... and the list of mistaken details might continue. Nevertheless,in spite of all the flaws mentioned above,the film still captures the enthralling beauty of the roaring twenties,being visually lush-the rich colors,textures,images used are so lavish,so lush,so intense that they almost seem disturbing.The costumes are stylish and extravagantly elegant,the music is authentic jazz and makes you want to get up and dance the Charleston. But some of the actors are clearly miscast,including Redford in the title role(which he even copies two decades later in Indecent Proposal,where he appears as an unhappy,mysterious billionaire craving to re-live the love lost in his shady past and willing to pay every price for it,thinking that his money and power could buy anything and anyone).Robert Redford does a fairly good job as Gatsby,but is clearly not the best choice.Gatsby is actually more mysterious than the athletic sunny-boy Redford,maybe not even handsome,however far more charismatic,expressive,even more eccentric. Probably the only actor I could imagine as Gatsby would be Richard Chamberlain,which played the best version of The Count of Monte Cristo the same year and by far the most credible Fitzgerald biopic in the following year-Gatsby is actually a sort of Monte Cristo who reinvents himself,assumes a new name/identity,acquires and spends an immense fortune both to reconquer his lost love and to come to terms with his past.Gatsby could have been depicted in a darker way,as he made his Fortune by using shady means during Prohibition("he killed a man"...or more),an elegant character exhaling a somewhat impure,demonic,oddly compelling fascination,manipulating and vindictive,seducing,twisting everything he touches. While Mia Farrow's performance as Daisy lacks originality,style,beauty,chemistry,just about everything.It's incredible that among so many actresses contemporary to her who depicted the twenties's flapper in a convincing way-Laura Antonelli,Susan Hampshire,Julie Andrews,Brigitte Bardot,Karen Black,Glenda Jackson,Liza Minelli,Lois Chiles,Natalie Wood,Faye Dunaway(the last one unjust deprived of this part in this very movie)she was the best choice.However there is something that Mia Farrow does excellently in her portrayal of Daisy-she looks extremely superficial,careless,vapid,insensitively spoiled and incapable of being serious or reasonable for one single second. The supporting cast on the other hand somewhat balances the film's flaws:Sam Waterson is credible as a mature,reliable,discreet,modest,intelligent,trustworthy Nick Carraway,just like in the book,Karen Black and Lois Chiles are also fitting well into their roles,while Scott Wilson as the mentally troubled,yet pure husband of Tom's mistress,plays his haunting part so well,that he somewhat resembles Peter Seller's genius to depict haunting,neurotic characters(Sellers would have been right for this part too). All in all this film is pleasant to watch and entertaining,but not Jack Clayton's ultimate masterpiece-is first watched it I was seduced by its visual splendor,watching it several times again,it gradually lost the magic I remembered.

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