Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby

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Director: Jack Clayton

Cast: Jack Clayton, Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern

     
 

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This third film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel was one of the most hyped movies of the summer of 1974. Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his vast (and implicitly ill-gotten) fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow), now… See more details below

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Overview

This third film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel was one of the most hyped movies of the summer of 1974. Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his vast (and implicitly ill-gotten) fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow), now married to "old money" Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern). Calmly observing the passing parade is Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston), Gatsby's best friend, who narrates the film. Francis Ford Coppola's screenplay is meticulously faithful to the original novel, but Theoni V. Aldredge's costume design and Nelson Riddle's nostalgic musical score won the film its only Oscars. The huge supporting cast includes Howard Da Silva, who played Wilson in the 1949 Great Gatsby, and a very young Patsy Kensit as Daisy's daughter.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Scripted by one of the top writer/directors of the early '70s and starring the period's hottest leading man, The Great Gatsby was supposed to be the prestige production of the year. Its flaws, however, turned it into a glossy disappointment. With its luxurious period costumes, meticulously rich settings and props, and a cast who all looked the part, this version of The Great Gatsby had all of the surface elements seductively in place. Francis Ford Coppola's screenplay also stuck closely to the novel, transforming some of F. Scott Fitzgerald's most iconic observations about the classes into dialogue. Additional scenes between Jay Gatsby and his beloved Daisy capitalized on Robert Redford's romantic allure. Director Jack Clayton's sluggish pacing, however, made the film a stilted literary artifact rather than an emotionally complex story. Though Sam Waterston's Nick, Karen Black's Myrtle, and Lois Chiles' Jordan were lauded for capturing the nuances of Fitzgerald's characters, Mia Farrow's Daisy, Bruce Dern's Tom, and Redford's Gatsby attracted a mixed response. Still, as one writer noted decades later, Redford was the only actor to successfully suggest Jay's contradictory, endlessly optimistic nature, rendering him the best Gatsby to date even as the film around him missed greatness.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929304165
Original Release:
1974
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Sales rank:
1,763

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Jay Gatsby
Mia Farrow Daisy Buchanan
Bruce Dern Tom Buchanan
Karen Black Myrtle Wilson
Scott Wilson George Wilson
Janet Arters Twins
Sam Waterston Nick Carraway
Edward Herrmann Klipspringer
William Atherton Actor
Regina Baff Miss Baedeker
Roberts Blossom Mr. Gatz
Lois Chiles Jordan Baker
Oliver Clark Fat Man
John Devlin Gatsby's Bodyguard
Tom Ewell Mourner
Arthur Hughes Dog Vendor
Jerry Mayer Reporter
Beth Porter Mrs. McKee
Vincent Schiavelli Thin Man
Kathryn Leigh Scott Catherine
Bob Sherman Actor
Howard Da Silva Meyer Wolfsheim
Sammy Smith Comic
Elliott Sullivan Wilson's Friend
Paul Tamarin Mr. McKee

Technical Credits
Jack Clayton Director
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Ken Barker Sound/Sound Designer
John Box Production Designer
Francis Ford Coppola Screenwriter
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Robert Laing Art Director
David Merrick Producer
Hank Moonjean Producer
Herb Mulligan Set Decoration/Design
Tom Priestley Editor
Nelson Riddle Score Composer
Gene Rudolf Art Director
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Tony Stevens Choreography
David Tringham Asst. Director
F. Scott Fitzgerald Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The East Egg [14:20]
2. Myrtle Wilson [13:30]
3. Invitation [11:23]
4. Lunch With Gatsby [5:52]
5. Reacquainted [14:22]
6. Rich and Poor [9:52]
7. A Party for Daisy [10:08]
8. Lovers [2:12]
9. Going Into Town [5:31]
10. Confronting Tom [11:19]
11. Trouble on the Road [7:14]
12. The Driver [5:58]
13. Revenge [1:17]
14. Put to Rest [8:06]

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