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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 »
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Too Faithful Adaptation Dampens the Many Qualities of an Elaborate Production 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)
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)
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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:
Marlon Brando turned down the role of Jay Gatsby because producers would not submit to his salary demands.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:
Jay Gatsby:Klipspringer has been here since a party I threw in April. I didn't even realize he was here until two weeks ago.See more »
Soundtrack:
WhisperingSee more »

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68 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Too Faithful Adaptation Dampens the Many Qualities of an Elaborate Production, 11 August 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

It seems something of a shame how maligned the extravagant 1974 movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary masterwork was when it was originally released. So much media hype surrounded the production, including a Scarlett O'Hara-level search for the right actress to play Daisy Buchanan, that it was bound to disappoint, and it did critically and financially. It's simply not that bad. Interestingly, looking at the film over thirty years later, I am taken by how faithful the movie is to the original book both in text and period atmosphere. The central problem, however, is that Jack Clayton's overly deliberate direction and Francis Ford Coppola's literate screenplay are really too faithful to the book to the point where the spirit of Fitzgerald's story becomes flattened and plot developments are paced too slowly. The result is an evocative but overlong 144-minute epic movie based on a novel that is really quite intimate in scope.

The focus of the plot is still the interrupted love story between Jay Gatsby and his object of desire, Daisy. Narrating the events is Nick Carraway, Gatsby's modest Long Island neighbor who becomes his most trusted confidante. Nick is responsible for reuniting the lovers who both have come to different points in their lives five years after their aborted romance. Now a solitary figure in his luxurious mansion, Gatsby is a newly wealthy man who accumulated his fortunes through dubious means. Daisy, on the other hand, has always led a life of privilege and could not let love stand in the way of her comfortable existence. She married Tom Buchanan for that sole purpose. With Gatsby's ambition spurred by his love for Daisy, he rekindles his romance with Daisy, as Tom carries on carelessly with Myrtle Wilson, an auto mechanic's grasping wife. Nick himself gets caught up in the jet set trappings and has a relationship with Jordan Baker, a young golf pro. The characters head for a collision, figuratively and literally, that exposes the hypocrisy of the rich, the falsity of a love undeserving and the transience of individuals on this earth.

Casting is crucial, and surprisingly, most of the actors fulfill the characters well. Robert Redford, at the height of his box office appeal, plays Gatsby with the right enigmatic quality. As Daisy, Mia Farrow captures the romanticism and shallowness of a character that ultimately does not deserve the love she receives. Even if she appears overly breathy and pretentious, her frequently trying performance still fits Fitzgerald's image of the character. Bruce Dern makes an appropriately despicable Tom Buchanan, while Karen Black has scant screen time as the trashy Myrtle. A very young Sam Waterson makes the ideal Nick with his genuine manner and touching naiveté, and Lois Chiles is all throaty posturing as Jordan. As expected, all the exterior touches are luxuriant and feel period-authentic - Theoni V. Aldredge's costumes, John Box's production design, Douglas Slocombe's elegant cinematography, and the pervasive use of 1920's hits, in particular, Irving Berlin's wistful "What'll I Do?" as the recurring love theme. The film is worth a look if you have not seen it and a second one if you haven't seen it in a while. It's actually better if you've already read the book. The 2003 DVD has a nice print transfer but sadly no extras.

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