Last Tycoon

The Last Tycoon

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Director: Elia Kazan

Cast: Elia Kazan, Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum

     
 

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Elia Kazan directed this curiously constipated film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished final novel, about Monroe Starr, a brilliant and efficient studio executive (based upon Fitzgerald's experiences with MGM wunderkind Irving Thalberg). Robert De Niro plays Monroe Starr in a cool and detached manner, and as Kazan pans around the Hollywood Dream Factory of

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Elia Kazan directed this curiously constipated film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished final novel, about Monroe Starr, a brilliant and efficient studio executive (based upon Fitzgerald's experiences with MGM wunderkind Irving Thalberg). Robert De Niro plays Monroe Starr in a cool and detached manner, and as Kazan pans around the Hollywood Dream Factory of the 1930s, Starr juggles several productions, deals with nervous actors and recalcitrant directors, stays afloat in the Hollywood corporate battlefields, and secretly carries on a love affair with an even cooler and more detached English girl, Kathleen Moore (Ingrid Boulting).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
The Last Tycoon, released in 1976, is one of the last vestiges of old Hollywood merging with new Hollywood. Adapted from the unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is an effective tribute to a time when the movie industry was in its infancy. Robert DeNiro stars as Monroe Stahr, a thinly veiled depiction of film pioneer Irving Thalberg, who is burdened by his overwhelming position as a studio production head, by the loss of his movie star wife, and by his weak heart. While DeNiro's portrayal is the centerpiece of the film, there are several other elements involved which lend an extra aura of prestige. Directed by Elia Kazan, the film is technically competent, but, as it is based on a work which its original author left incomplete, the ending is a bit forced and contrived. To lend additional sparkle, there are appearances by a multitude of stars such as Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Ray Milland, and Theresa Russell who vie for screen time on the periphery of the main plot line involving Stahr's encounter and subsequent infatuation with an extra, played by Ingrid Boulting, who is his dead wife's twin. Kazan captures the spirit of the time and place well, but the pacing is slow and sometimes confusing. While The Last Tycoon represents Elia Kazan's last directorial effort, it is also notable for featuring the only joint screen appearance to date of Robert DeNiro and Jack Nicholson.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0097360877649
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; English subtitles; Dolby Digital; English 5.1 surround; English restored mono

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Monroe Stahr
Tony Curtis Rodriguez
Robert Mitchum Pat Brady
Jeanne Moreau Didi
Jack Nicholson Brimmer
Donald Pleasence Boxley
Ingrid Boulting Kathleen
Ray Milland Fleishackler
Theresa Russell Cecilia Brady
Peter Strauss Wylie
Tige Andrews Popolos
Morgan Farley Marcus
John Carradine Guide
Jeff Corey Doctor
Anjelica Huston Edna
Bonnie Bartlett Actor
Brendan Burns Assistant Editor
Eric Christmas Norman
Peggy Feury Hairdresser
Betsy Jones-Moreland Writer
Lloyd Kino Butler
Sharon Masters One of Brady's Secretaries
Diane Shalet Stahr's Secretary
Dana Andrews Red Ridingwood
Seymour Cassel Seal Trainer
Julian Burton Actor

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Jack T. Collis Art Director
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Richard Marks Editor
Daniel McCauley Asst. Director
Henry Millar Special Effects
Thalia Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Pinter Screenwriter
Ronald Roose Editor
William Smith Set Decoration/Design
Sam Spiegel Producer
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Dick Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Making Movies
2. Earthquake
3. Rodriguez's Problem
4. Monroe Stahr, Genius
5. Mystery Girl
6. A Nickel
7. The Writers' Ball
8. Beach House
9. Kathleen's Secret
10. Lies and Deception
11. "Nor I You"
12. Marriage Plans
13. Meeting With New York
14. "I Don't Want to Lose You"

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