The Last Tycoon (1976)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  19 November 1976 (USA)
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F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.



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F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

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He has the power to make anyone's dream come true... except his own.




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19 November 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último magnate  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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Final film of director Elia Kazan. See more »


Ingrid Boulting's hairstyle changes between the scene with the performing seal and the scene at Monroe's uncompleted beach house. See more »


Monroe: I don't think I have more brains than a writer, I just think that his brains belong to me
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Misunderstood masterpiece
11 August 2001 | by (Connecticut, USA) – See all my reviews

De Niro was an unexpected surprise as Monroe Starr in this brilliant adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished last novel. He gives a thoughtful, sensitive, and intelligent performance as this character, who was modeled on MGM producer, Irving Thalberg. Fitzgerald wrote about Hollywood from the inside, and from the perspective of someone who was destroying himself by being inside. He could ask for nothing better than to have English playwright Harold Pinter create this stark, human screenplay and then have Elia Kazan realize it.

In addition to De Niro's definitive performance, we get a series of perfect cameos (usually an impossibility) from Tony Curtis, Jeanne Moreau, Robert Mitchum, and others. We also get two screen debuts of merit -- Angelica Huston (in a small, but memorable scene) and an excellent Teresa Russell as Starr's would-be sweetheart. The critics hated the movie, and it did poorly in box offices, but it was truly, like Fitzgerald himself, an American masterpiece.

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