Great Gatsby

The 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

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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 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.

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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:
1,039

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

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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The Great Gatsby 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Great Gatsby' (1974) is a story of decadence and decay from the 1920s, spawned from the pen of imminent author, F.Scott Fitzgerald. It¿s full of wanton greed, lust, sex and murder set during the flapper age. Robert Redford is the quintessential sexy, Jay Gatsby. He¿s at once a charmer and a recluse, throwing lavish parties on his Long Island estate for the ritzy jet set, though rarely attending, accept in absentee through a bird¿s eye view from his second story window. But Gatsby¿s unassuming secretiveness is brought into the light when he meets gawky paramour, Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow). She¿s a godless, flighty flapper, married to a wealthy playboy, Tom (Bruce Dern), and cousin to the introspective, Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston) the young man living on the cottage near Gatsby¿s estate. Nick is genuine and Gatsby, sensing that he can trust Nick, confides in him his romantic interests in Daisy. The two become lovers ¿ a relationship which is genuine for Gatsby but shallow, fleeting and inconsequential to Daisy. She soon returns to Tom who decides to set Gatsby up with the accidental hit and run of Myrtle Wilson (Karen Black) that he has committed. Tom and Myrtle used to be an item and Tom¿s impregnation is passed off as Gatsby¿s, leaving Myrtle¿s distraught husband, George (Scott Wilson) with murder on his mind. Despite a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and stellar production values the film generally misses its mark in recanting the tale of a millionaire playboy, brooding away in his locked mansion for the woman that he lost. There's just something about Fitzgerald's writing that doesn't translate well to the big screen. The transfer is a huge, strange disappointment. Despite being anamorphically enhanced the picture elements look as though they've been fed through a meat grinder. Age related scratches and often excessive film grain crop up throughout, while some scenes are remarkably free of either distraction. The contrast levels during the dusk scenes are way too low. Colors are generally muted and during several scenes even bleed. There are digital artifacts throughout including more than a hint of edge enhancement, aliasing and shimmering of fine details. The audio is barely stereo and really weak in its spread. There are no extras.
LilahNovella More than 1 year ago
First of all, I should've known better. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, and thus should have known better than to expect its genius to transfer to film. However, I was hopeful because the cast is impressive and so is the screenwriter. Most of the actors were brilliantly cast, with high praise to Robert Redford and Sam Waterson. However, Mia Farrow was unconvincing. This was the first movie that I've seen her. I found her acting to be annoying, unessential, and just flat. Farrow didn't convey Daisy's emotions and complexity well, which for those who have read the book, is a thorough disappointment. There was one scene that Daisy was flooded with emotion. How did Mia Farrow convey that? She put her finger to her lip and squinted her eyes. Another downside to the movie was how they overdramatized the plot and some of the characters. Again for those that have read the book, F. Scott Fitzgerald had already written the book to be of something so full of drama. Why toy with that? The movie was so overdramatic in some parts that it was unconvincing, and just downright frustrating.
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