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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.
Plot:
A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Much better than you think...! See more (128 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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Runtime:
144 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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:
Liza Minnelli turned down the role of Daisy Buchanan.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: One shot includes a cardinal and a house finch at Nick's bird-feeder. House finches were introduced to Long Island in the 1940s; before that, their range was restricted to the western US.See more »
Quotes:
Nick Carraway:They say you killed a man.
Jay Gatsby:Only one?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Batman Returns (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Gonna Charleston Back to CharlestonSee more »

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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Much better than you think...!, 1 June 2008
Author: canuckteach from Ontario

After weighing in on the Boards about this terrific film, it's about time I posted a review, since I do have it on my Top-20 list! I love period-pieces, especially those set in the era of, say, 1918-1938. Hence, 'Eight Men Out', 'Great Gatsby', and 'Sting' are in my Top-20, and, of course, Redford appears in two of those. Redford had the required screen presence, and acting talent to play Gatsby. Those who criticize the film or Redford's interpretation are, to me, just over-analyzing or too caught up in comparisons with the fabulous novel by F. Scott. In addition to superb acting from Redford and a great ensemble cast, the costumes, music and fabulous sets/photography give this flick plenty to recommend.

I have read the book a few times -- I view it as a great American tragedy. But tragedies about larger-than-life characters are not so easy to reproduce on-screen. Anyway, maybe half the viewers haven't read the book; so, for a screenplay writer, it's a dilemma. Maybe *this* particular tragic role - a man who builds fabulous wealth in just a few years, a man who suddenly can compete with the N.Y. aristocracy in attracting the rich and famous to his parties, a man who does it all to reclaim the rich 'jewel' he lost in his youth, a man who gambles it all on one shake of the dice - is, like King Lear, almost too surreal to be performed. Think of it that way, and watch Redford again. He is brilliant. And if you want to see the role messed up, watch A&E's 2004 version. Thirty years to try to improve? And they produce an interpretation of Gatsby I call the 'grinning idiot'.

I've never heard Redford comment on the mixed opinions about his Gatsby portrayal, but I'll guess he knows he got it right, and there wasn't anyone else with the required taste and style to outfit this role. (And as Michael Caine so deftly expressed it in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels', "Taste and style are commodities that people desire.."). You'd be hard-pressed to name a current American actor with the same charisma (so, you go to the U.K. and get Jude Law or Ralph Fiennes, right?).

I'll touch on the comment of one frustrated IMDb reviewer who wondered why they changed how Nick meets Gatsby. In the movie, Gatsby's compact but sinister bodyguard (who has just decked a guy the size of a Buick) quietly leads Nick upstairs to Gatsby's private study. As soon as Redford appears, we know - and Nick knows - that it's Gatsby. In the book, Nick is having a conversation at a table with an amiable fellow who turns out to be Gatsby! Can you imagine filming a scene with a character chatting with Redford and - surprise - it turns out to be Gatsby? (A&E tried it that way in 2004 - note my 'grinning idiot' comment above). Furthermore, this reference to Gatsby's protective layer helps us to identify his tragic blunder later on: he fires his household help for the sake of privacy once his romance with Daisy blooms. That decision is costly.

The book was described somewhere as a 'story in perfect balance'. In practice, that includes characters that are neither too villainous nor too heroic -- neither too loose (morally) nor too prudish. Our eyes and ears for the story, Nick, probably does not whole-heartedly approve of Tom's fling with Myrtle, but he's not about to blow the whistle on him either. He observes, and goes along for the fun with a crowd that clearly is more prosperous than he is. Later, he has good reason to assist in brokering the romance between Daisy and Gatsby (Nick has a growing friendship with Gatsby - and he is no big fan of Tom). At the same time, he finds Gatsby's affectations a bit annoying - and he only pays him one compliment (at the end - remember? "they're a rotten crowd - you're worth more than the whole lot of them put together").

Anyway, once again, portraying all this on screen is no easy matter. So, relax and enjoy the show, a sparkling period-piece that relates to us a tragic tale about the folly of wealth. Meantime, I will try to track down the 1949 version with Alan Ladd, to see how *they* did! 9/10 - canuckteach (--:

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