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The Last Tycoon (1976)

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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Young film producer, Monroe Stahr, is a rising star in 1930's Hollywood due to his ability to get anything he envisions done even if it means breaking a few rules. The latest film he's working on stars two popular actors, Rodriguez and Didi, and everyone is sure it'll be a smashing hit when it's done. The times are changing however, since the first guilds and unions are being formed in Hollywood, but Stahr is still sticking to his old ways of doing things in spite of that. His main opponent becomes a union organizer, Brimmer, but Stahr finds ways to deal with him as well. However, in his hubris, Stahr crosses one red line too many when he falls for a young troubled engaged woman called Kathleen Moore and neglects Cecilia Brady, the young daughter of studio executive and Stahr's boss, Pat Brady. Pat becomes furious over this as well as Stahr's other misbehavings and makes it his mission to take Stahr down. Due to all the pressure, Stahr's health starts failing as well. The film is ...

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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)  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$1,819,912 (USA)
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Sam Spiegel chose Elia Kazan, who directed On the Waterfront (1954) (which won Spiegel his first of three Best Picture Oscars), to direct this film, and considered Kazan to be one of his closest friends. According to Spiegel biographer Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Spiegel had a father-son relationship with this movie's Screenwriter Harold Pinter, the noted playwright. Spiegel was quite taken with Pinter's genius, so much so that Kazan, in his autobiography, said that it hurt the film, as Spiegel treated the screenplay as sacrosanct, and wouldn't let Kazan change it to create more dramatic tension. Ironically, when Spiegel had first seen a screenplay written by Pinter in the 1960s (The Servant (1963)), he had been appalled by its lack of professionalism. See more »

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When Robert De Nero as Stahr enters his residence for the first time, he refers to his Butler as "Kino", which is the actor's real last name. See more »

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Popolos: This is the greatest country in the world. Everybody stands a chance in this country. There's not going to be a revolution. The only people who want a revolution are the Communists.
Pat Brady: And the fairies.
Fleishacker: What kind of a revolution do the fairies want?
Popolos: A Communist one.
Pat Brady: What else?
Fleishacker: Do you think Stalin likes homosexuals?
Popolos: Homosexuals, eh? Let me tell you something. You know "homo" is a Greek word. I come from Europe, I'm Greek.
Pat Brady: That's why he knows so much about Stalin.
Fleishacker: But Stalin ain't Greek.
Popolos: You're damn ...
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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My Silent Love
Music by Dana Suesse
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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A tour-de-force performance by De Niro
18 January 2003 | by (Newport, Maine) – See all my reviews

Robert De Niro arguably gave the most critically acclaimed performances during the 1970's in movies like "Mean Streets", "Bang the Drum Slowly", "The Godfather, Part II", "Taxi Driver, "The Deer Hunter", etc.,. Little has been said, however, about his turn as Monroe Stahr in "The Last Tycoon"

  • quite possibly De Niro's most underrated and most uncharacteristic
performance on screen. "The Last Tycoon", itself, was a mixed bag among the critics. Some liked it. Some didn't. In my view, "The Last Tycoon" was a movie that deserves a place in film history for exploring Hollywood in the inside. This movie, however, provides only a small glimpse into this which was why the critics were divided. Shortly put, "The Last Tycoon" deals with a top producer's (De Niro) everyday life and the conflict that arises when he sees a lost loved one - albeit in a different way.

The movie boasts of several big names of the past as well as the present. Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Anjelica Huston (in a cameo), Tony Curtis, John Carradine, etc., were few of the key players. Jack Nicholson makes a late appearance in the film providing for some brilliant, electric scenes with De Niro. In fact their scenes together (undoubtedly the highlight of the movie) make the one scene that De Niro and Al Pacino shared in Michael Mann's "Heat" seem pedestrian. De Niro and Nicholson, two of the greatest actors American film has even seen, will most likely never work together again considering their stature today which makes their scenes together in "The Last Tycoon" that much more priceless. Ingrid Boutling, a British model, is cast opposite De Niro and gives a wooden performance. She is the only weak link of the picture. A young Theresa Russell also gives an able supporting performance. Ultimately, however, "The Last Tycoon" lies solely on De Niro's shoulders and he makes full use of the opportunity and then some. De Niro's interpretation of a movie mogul (reportedly based on Irving G. Thalberg) is absolutely genuine and original. Looking trim and handsome, De Niro gives a towering, commanding performance as Monroe Stahr and it is his work here that holds the picture together. Though the critics were split down the middle in their opinion regarding this film, there was one thing they agreed upon. Robert De Niro gives an authentic, striking performance in the central role. In my opinion, a performance which deserved an Oscar nomination.


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