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Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 17 January 1940 (USA)
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A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

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(story of the old south "Gone with the Wind"), (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gerald O'Hara
... Ellen - His Wife (as Barbara O'Neill)
... Scarlett - Their Daughter
... Suellen - Their Daughter
... Carreen - Their Daughter
... Brent Tarleton - Scarlett's Beau
... Stuart Tarleton - Scarlett's Beau
... Mammy - House Servant
... Pork - House Servant
... Prissy - House Servant
... Jonas Wilkerson - Field Overseer
... Big Sam - Field Foreman
... John Wilkes (as Howard Hickman)
... India - His Daughter
... Ashley - His Son
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Storyline

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Winner of Ten Academy Awards [reissue] See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo que el viento se llevó  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,977,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,192,593, 28 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$198,676,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$400,176,459
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1969 re-release) | (1985 re-release) | (1994 re-release) | (1989 re-release) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(1939 Reissue) (Western Electric Sound System) (Stereo)| (1939 Reissue) (Perspecta Sound®)| (1939 Reissue) (Stereo)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Scarlett somewhat grows out of the role of the Southern belle. Raised in luxury and pampered by her parents, she later experiences much hardship and poverty. She endures and survives to rebuild Tara and her self-esteem. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, the field hands were tending mature cotton plants in full bloom. As the movie opened in April 1861, the cotton fields would have just been planted with the cotton plants only beginning to emerge from the soil, with no blooms at all. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brent Tarleton: What do we care if we *were* expelled from college, Scarlett? The war is gonna start any day now, so we'd have left college anyhow.
Stuart Tarleton: War! Isn't it exciting, Scarlett? You know those fool Yankees actually *want* a war?
Brent Tarleton: We'll show 'em!
Scarlett: Fiddle-dee-dee! War, war, war; this war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides... there isn't going to be any war.
Brent Tarleton: Not going to be any war?
Stuart Tarleton: Why, honey, of course there's gonna be a war.
Scarlett: If either ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Rather than simply saying "Selznick International in association with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer presents Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With the Wind'", the opening credits say "Selznick International in association with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer has the honor to present its Technicolor production of Margaret Mitchell's story of the Old South 'Gone With the Wind'". See more »

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Soundtracks

Ring de Banjo
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score for Twelve Oaks scenes
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An immortal and towering achievement
7 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

It is always in people's nature to put down great things and to nit-pick or sometimes just be plain mean. No matter what anyone says, this is utterly fantastic: in story, in special effects, in casting (with perhaps the sad exception of Leslie Howard as "Ashley") and in captivation. Vivien Leigh is so powerful, passionate, magnificent and beautiful that you could watch it 1000 times on that ground alone. She brings something so convincing and human to the role of the selfish, spoilt Scarlett; the character is larger than life.

Leaving Vivien's astounding performance aside, this remains a sweeping unrivalled epic. Watch it. Esther's rating: 20/10


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