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The Great Gatsby (1974)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 29 March 1974 (USA)
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A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jay Gatsby
... Daisy Buchanan
... Tom Buchanan
... Myrtle Wilson
... George Wilson
... Nick Carraway
... Jordan Baker
... Meyer Wolfsheim
... Mr. Gatz
... Klipspringer
Elliott Sullivan ... Wilson's Friend
... Dog Vendor
... Catherine
Beth Porter ... Mrs. McKee
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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29 March 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran Gatsby  »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,533,200, 31 December 1974
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1.85 : 1
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Mia Farrow was pregnant during filming. The director did a lot of close-up shots, and put her in a lot of flowing costumes. See more »

Goofs

In the party scene at the apartment Tom keeps for Myrtle, there is a gramophone playing during a shot of Myrtle's sister Catherine talking to Nick. The gramophone is playing at 33 RPM. The 33 RPM long-playing (LP) record wasn't introduced until 1948. The gramophone should have been playing at 78 RPM. See more »

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Nick Carraway: There was music from my neighbor's house through those summer nights. In his enchanted gardens, men and girls came and went like moths, among the whispering and the champagne and the stars. I believe that few people were actually invited to these parties. They just went. They got into automobiles that bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby's door. Come for the party with a simplicity of heart that was it's own ticket of admission.
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Referenced in The Bob Newhart Show: Brutally Yours, Bob Hartley (1974) See more »

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Three O'Clock in the Morning
Written by Dolly Morse (as Dorothy Terriss) and Julián Robledo
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Disturbing story of idle-rich during the Roaring 20s
2 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This lavish Hollywood treatment of the Classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is a visual and acoustic delight. Nelson Riddle's spellbinding score and the many brilliant camera shots capturing the splendor of an age of excesses and indulgences make for engaging entertainment. Still, the dark story will leave the viewer numb at the eventual (bitter) end. A young Mia Farrow and Robert Redford in the leads, along with excellent performances by Scott Wilson and Bruce Dern, as well as the 70s "femme fatal" staple Karen Black round out the top, with what seems to be hundreds of colorful "flapper" and servant extras in the cast. Everyone fortunate enough to be born or married or mistressed into money is living the "life", not caring about anyone and anything other than fun, fun, fun.

A series of indiscretions (by just about everyone) culminates in the "just desserts", and several deaths. The fact that life of the high and mighty seems to go on without skipping a beat, regardless of anyone's recklessness or involvement, is the tough lesson the author seems to aim for. Without conscience, what have we? All the money will not replace human emotions, though the cash seems to easily take their place. But didn't we have fun....


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