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The Great Gatsby (1974)

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A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

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Jack Clayton

Writers:

F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Elliott Sullivan ... Wilson's Friend
Arthur Hughes ... Dog Vendor
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Catherine
Beth Porter Beth Porter ... Mrs. McKee
Paul Tamarin Paul Tamarin ... Mr. McKee
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Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Gone is the romance that was so divine.

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Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran Gatsby See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,533,200, 31 December 1974
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Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Evans bought the rights to the novel in 1971 so his then-wife, Ali MacGraw, could play Daisy. A shooting script wasn't ready yet, so MacGraw agreed to star in The Getaway (1972). During production of The Getaway (1972) MacGraw fell in love with co-star Steve McQueen and left Evans for him. Mia Farrow was picked to play Daisy. See more »

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At the garage, Myrtle Wilson smashes her right hand through the window and it starts bleeding profusely, but when shown later trying to escape her husband, her hand is not bandaged and there does not appear to be any cuts or abrasions on her hand. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Buchanan: [embracing a shirt and weeping, presumably from joy, as Gatsby gleefully throws dozens of imported golf shirts across the room] I've never seen such beautiful shirts before.
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Alternate Versions

In the movie's original theatrical release, played a small part at the cemetery near the end. Several weeks into the run, theaters were sent a new last reel from which Tom Ewell's part had been removed. See more »

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Music by Lou Handman
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Looks great, tastes awful
8 July 2002 | by gf212121See all my reviews

This adaptation may have worked with the mute button on, but the cheezy movie-of-the-week score, the shrill cries of Mia Farrow, and the pallid reading by Robert Redford doom this film. Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan makes as much sense as Jimmie 'J.J.' Walker as Muhammad Ali - the physical strength that defined Tom is totally missing.

The staging, costumes, and incidentals (cars, etc.) are gorgeous, but the beauty of Fitzgerald's prose is nowhere to be found. This must be a difficult work to film, and it shows.


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