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Gone with the Wind (1939)

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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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Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

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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

The estimated production costs were $3.9 million. At the time, only Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and Hell's Angels (1930) had cost more. See more »

Goofs

Just before Dr. Meade introduces the just arriving Rhett Butler at the bazaar, Scarlett and Rhett are visible walking away from the platform where Dr. Meade is standing. 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

George Reeves is credited as playing the part of Brent Tarleton, and Fred Crane is billed as Stuart Tarleton. This is incorrect: Crane played Brent, and Reeves played Stuart. See more »

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Referenced in Tequila & Boom-Boom (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
In the score during the burning of Atlanta sequence
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A Classic in the History of Movie-making.
13 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Every time I watch this film, and I've seen it more times than I can remember, I'm always astonished by the freshness of the story, the power of the emotions it conveys and the beautiful, detailed images of a time long gone. That this film was made in the 1930's is almost incomprehensible to me. The challenges that had to be overcome in order to bring it to life must have been monumental. But come to life it did, and still does! A triumph of film-making ingenuity and genius, that will live on for many generations to come.


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