Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

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Director: Victor Fleming

Cast: Victor Fleming, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard

     
 

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Gone With the Wind boils down to a story about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man. Producer David O. Selznick managed to expand this concept, and Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, into nearly four hours' worth of screen time, on a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, creating what would become one of the most beloved moviesSee more details below

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Gone With the Wind boils down to a story about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man. Producer David O. Selznick managed to expand this concept, and Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, into nearly four hours' worth of screen time, on a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, creating what would become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Gone With the Wind opens in April of 1861, at the palatial Southern estate of Tara, where Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) hears that her casual beau Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) plans to marry "mealy mouthed" Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland). Despite warnings from her father (Thomas Mitchell) and her faithful servant Mammy (Hattie McDaniel), Scarlett intends to throw herself at Ashley at an upcoming barbecue at Twelve Oaks. Alone with Ashley, she goes into a fit of histrionics, all of which is witnessed by roguish Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), the black sheep of a wealthy Charleston family, who is instantly fascinated by the feisty, thoroughly self-centered Scarlett: "We're bad lots, both of us." The movie's famous action continues from the burning of Atlanta (actually the destruction of a huge wall left over from King Kong) through the now-classic closing line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Holding its own against stiff competition (many consider 1939 to be the greatest year of the classical Hollywood studios), Gone With the Wind won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). The film grossed nearly 192 million dollars, assuring that, just as he predicted, Selznick's epitaph would be "The Man Who Made Gone With the Wind."

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
This sweeping melodrama based on Margaret Mitchell's bestselling Civil War epic defined the term "Hollywood blockbuster." A massive box-office hit that cleaned up at the 1939 Oscars, winning every major awards, including Best Picture, Gone With the Wind has maintained an unshakable hold on the hearts of moviegoers everywhere. Everything about the making of this American classic is legendary -- not least, producer David O. Selznick's highly publicized search to find the perfect star for the coveted leading role. Selznick finally found his Scarlett in British actress Vivien Leigh, brilliant as the indomitable southern belle determined to rebuild her family's fortune after it is destroyed by Sherman's army. Matinee idol Clark Gable costarred as the charming scoundrel Rhett Butler, making his parting line to Scarlett -- "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" -- among the most famous in movie history. Scarlett and Rhett's doomed romance unfolds against a backdrop of truly spectacular set pieces, among them the unforgettable burning of Atlanta. Shot in vibrant three-strip Technicolor, Gone With the Wind is Hollywood filmmaking at its grandest.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
As epic as the 1,000-plus-page Margaret Mitchell bestseller on which it was based, David O. Selznick's production of Gone With the Wind (1939) went through three directors, a well-publicized search for Scarlett O'Hara, and a then-enormous four-million-dollar budget, resulting in one of the all-time highest-grossing movies. Sparing no expense on sets and costumes, Selznick aimed to produce the ultimate Technicolor blockbuster, faithfully adapting the book's Civil War era travails of Southern belle Scarlett and her roguish match, Rhett Butler. While the film is grand in scale (and length), its cast, especially relative unknown Vivien Leigh as Scarlett and MGM king Clark Gable as Rhett, made the narrative as engrossing as the spectacular recreation of the burning of Atlanta (in which old sets were torched). Premiering first in Atlanta, Gone With the Wind delivered on the promise of the hype, breaking box-office records. Earning an unprecedented 13 Oscar nominations, Gone With the Wind won eight statuettes and two special awards, taking Best Picture in Hollywood's "miraculous" year, as well as Best Director for Victor Fleming, and Best Actress for Vivien Leigh. Best Supporting Actress Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American actor to win an Oscar. Perennially popular, Gone With the Wind inspired the 1994 sequel Scarlett.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2000
UPC:
0012569500938
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vivien Leigh Scarlett O'Hara
Clark Gable Rhett Butler
Leslie Howard Ashley Wilkes
Olivia de Havilland Melanie Hamilton
Hattie McDaniel Mammy
Thomas Mitchell Gerald O'Hara
Oscar Polk Pork
Barbara O'Neil Ellen, his wife
Fred Crane Brent Tarleton
Victor Jory Jonas Wilkerson
Evelyn Keyes Suellen O'Hara
George Reeves Stuart Tarleton
Ann Rutherford Careen O'Hara
Butterfly McQueen Prissy
Howard Hickman John Wilkes [At Twelve Oaks]
Everett Brown Big Sam, the foreman
Alicia Rhett India, his daughter
Zack Williams Elijah
Rand Brooks Charles Hamilton
Carroll Nye Frank Kennedy
Marcella Martin Cathleen Calvert
Laura Hope Crews Aunt "Pittypat" Hamilton
Harry Davenport Dr. Meade [At The Bazaar In Atlanta]
Leona Roberts Mrs. Caroline Meade
Jane Darwell Dolly Merriwether [At The Bazaar In Atlanta]
Alberto Morin René Picard
Mary Anderson Maybelle Merriwether
Terry Shero Fanny Elsing
William McClain Old Levi
Jackie Moran Phil Meade
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Reminiscent Soldier
Ona Munson Belle Watling
Eddy Chandler The Sergeant at the hospital
George Hackathorne A wounded Soldier in pain (uncredited)
Roscoe Ates A Convalescent Soldier
John Arledge A Dying Soldier
Eric Linden An Amputation Case
Tom Tyler A Commanding Officer
William Bakewell A Mounted Officer
Lee Phelps The Bartender
Paul Hurst The Yankee Deserter
Ernest Whitman Carpetbagger's Friend [Georgia After Sherman]
William Stelling Returning Veteran [Georgia After Sherman]
Louis Jean Heydt A Hungry Soldier
Isabel Jewell Emmy Slattery
Robert Elliott Yankee Major [During Reconstruction]
George Meeker Poker-Playing Captain
Wallis Clark His Poker-Playing Captains [During Reconstruction]
Irving Bacon The Corporal
Adrian Morris A Carpetbagger Orator
J.M. Kerrigan Johnny Gallagher [During Reconstruction]
Olin Howland Yankee Businessman [During Reconstruction]
Yakima Canutt A renegade
Blue Washington The Renegade's Companion [During Reconstruction]
Ward Bond Tom, a Yankee Captain
Cammie King Bonnie Blue Butler
Mickey Kuhn Beau Wilkes
Lillian Kemble-Cooper Bonnie's Nurse [During Reconstruction]
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Uncle Peter
Trevor Bardette [During Reconstruction]
Ralph Brooks Gentleman [At Twelve Oaks]
James Bush Gentleman [At Twelve Oaks]
Louise Carter Bandleader's Wife (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan A collapsing Soldier (uncredited)
Lester Dorr [During Reconstruction]
Frank Faylen Doctor's Aide (uncredited)
Si Jenks Yankee on Street [During Reconstruction]
Tommy Kelly Boy [Outside The Examiner Office]
Lee Murray Drummerboy (uncredited)
Marjorie Reynolds Guest at Twelve Oaks (uncredited)
Tom Seidel Guest
Harry Strang Tom's Aide (uncredited)
Emerson Treacy [During Reconstruction]
Philip Trent Gentleman, later bearded Confederate on steps at Tara
Guy Wilkerson Wounded card player (uncredited)
John Wray [During Reconstruction]

Technical Credits
Victor Fleming Director
Fred Albin Special Effects
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Hobe Erwin Art Director
Frank Floyd Choreography
Louis Forbes Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Sidney Howard Screenwriter
Arthur Johns Special Effects
Hal Kern Editor
Raymond A. Klune Production Manager
Frank Maher Sound/Sound Designer
William Cameron Menzies Production Designer
James Newcom Editor
Joseph B. Platt Set Decoration/Design
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Eddie Prinz Choreography
David O. Selznick Producer
Eric Stacey Asst. Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Lee Zavitz Special Effects
Margaret Mitchell Source Author

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