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The Great Gatsby (2000)

Stock broker Nick Carraway consents to play Cupid for his rich married cousin Daisy Buchanan and her former love, nouveau riche Jay Gatsby.

Director:

Robert Markowitz

Writers:

F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel), John J. McLaughlin (teleplay) (as John McLaughlin)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mira Sorvino ... Daisy Buchanan
Toby Stephens ... Jay Gatsby
Paul Rudd ... Nick Carraway
Martin Donovan ... Tom Buchanan
Francie Swift ... Jordan Baker
Heather Goldenhersh ... Myrtle Wilson
Matt Malloy ... Klipspringer
Bill Camp ... Wilson (as William Camp)
Richard Jutras ... Owl Eyes
Jerry Grayson ... Wolfsheim
Janine Theriault Janine Theriault ... Catherine
Alex Bisping ... Buchanan's Butler (as Alexander Bisping)
Martin Kevan Martin Kevan ... Gatsby's Butler
Claudia Besso ... Lucille
Gillian Ferrabee Gillian Ferrabee ... Lil
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Storyline

Nick Carraway moves from the Midwest to become New York a bond salesman and finds himself the neighbor/tenant of Jay Gatsby, a wealthy bootlegger and forger, who has a huge estate bordering his modest cottage. Gatsby is well-known for throwing fabulous, hedonistic summer parties on his estate in 1922 West Egg, Long Island. Gatsby befriends Nick and enlists him in to broker a meeting between him and his former love Daisy Buchanan, Nick's cousin now married to wealthy Tom Buchanan. Snobbish and selfish, he flaunts an extramarital affair he is having with the slatternly wife of a local proletariat garage owner. Nick consents to arrange a meeting with Gatsby and Daisy, a rendezvous that will have tragic consequences. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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He risked it all to give first love a second chance.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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The film takes place in 1922. See more »

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When Daisy and others travel to the city for the day, they are drinking mint Juleps in their hotel suite. Their glasses are filled with a bright green liquid, but mint Juleps are not bright green. True Juleps are Bourbon, water and sugar over ice with a spring of mint. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Buchanan: So why did you ask me to come alone? Are you in love with me?
Nick Carraway: [chuckles] No.
Daisy Buchanan: [Walks into the house] Oh! Flowers! Are we having a funeral?
Daisy Buchanan: [hears Gatsby knocking on the door] And that must be the corpse!
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5/10
14 January 2001 | by ifhSee all my reviews

i don't know how the director did this, but he somehow made F. Scott Fitzgerald's timeless classic into a dull, insipid TV movie. i could hardly bear though this massacre. many of the important symbols dealing with the loss of morals, hopes and dreams were dimmed to nothing or omitted while others like the eyes of god dominated the show.

Look-wise, i really like the casting of Mira Sorvino[Daisy Fay Buchannan] and Paul Rudd [Nick Carraway]; however Tony Stephens counterbalances their beauty as he tackles the role of Jay Gatsby. Stephens' priggish smile made me want to laugh when the emotions of Daisy Fay (should have) made me want to cry.

Emotionally, many of the scenes were also dumbed down. Granted this was a made for TV movie, i probably shouldn't have expected a follow-up performance by Mira Sorvino. her performace, amongst everyone else's, was terrible. where were her emotions when she reunited with gatsby? where were her emotions after she ran over Myrtle? More importantly, where were everyone's emotions when all the characters are juxtaposed in that New York apartment?

Please, Robert Markowitz, next time you try adapting a classic, spend more time on the ideas that the writer spent long nights up trying to put into words. if i were fitzgerald, i would be insulted.


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