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The Great Gatsby (1974)

Robert Redford , Mia Farrow , Jack Clayton  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (719 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson
  • Directors: Jack Clayton
  • Writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Francis Ford Coppola
  • Producers: David Merrick, Hank Moonjean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (719 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Great Gatsby" on IMDb

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Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor.

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232 of 249 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Because the Twenties WERE Shallow April 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I get the impression that the people giving this movie poor reviews are a mix of 1) intellectual snobs (or would-be) who think it compulsory to pan any screen attempt to tackle great literature or 2) hooligans who can't appreciate a movie unless it's got blood, guts, and vulgarity (in short, like most movies made today). I loved Fitzgerald's book, and I loved this film, and here's why:
It is not only an effective, emotionally gripping rendition of the book (made plain by the very dislike so many people express for its intentionally dislikable characters), but it is a visually stunning one, capturing all the hollow gold of the glitzy era the book so devastatingly indicts, and the performances by nearly all the players are superb (with special kudos to Sam Waterston for the very personification of Nick the narrator). For all those who say the movie is lacking depth or who criticize Mia Farrow's rendering of Daisy as flighty, your very criticism reveals the film's great achievement of realizing the main point of the book. Fitzgerald's point was that the Roaring Twenties WERE shallow, represented by the "rotten crowd" of "careless people" (quoted from the book, and in Nick's commentary at the end of the movie) that very much included Daisy, as well as Tom. I don't know how any honest reading of the book could interpret Daisy as "sensible," as one critic put it, and even "vulnerable" is a stretch. Quoted from book and paraphrased in movie: "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made...
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nelson Riddle score makes the difference December 24, 2003
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Format:DVD
Earlier in the year, I offered a review of the video tape edition of this film. The version contained elevator-type music, as the original Nelson Riddle soundtrack was missing. Riddle could not agree on terms price for the original score with the movie studio. Riddle's estate evidentally has done so so the original score has been restored to the film.
Many reviewers asked that the original score be considered for any re-release. Well, on the 30th anniversary of the film, here it is.."The Great Gatsby" with the original soundtrack. Thank you!
Fitzgerald would have been pleased with the adaptation and the accompanying soundtrack. It is obvious how much of a difference the music makes in contributing to the overall experience.
The DVD is not to be viewed in a context of pure entertainment. It is a relevant story about the desire to possess what one does not have, regardless of the cost. The script is taken directly from the key points in the text. The film has a dream-like quality due to the utilization of a unique lens.
If one seeks an action packed thriller, this is not it. The film is for the romantic and sentimental. Anyone who has sought someone or something only to lose it all in the end will be able to relate. The song "What'll I Do" underlies Gatsby's insecurity. Redford and Farrow make a wonderful Gatsby and Daisy. As for the script, it does contain some lines which could be considered corny in our present time. The script, however, is incorporated DIRECTLY from the novel. I have read the text more than 25 times.
In 2002, I viewed the movie at Rosecliff mansion in Newport, RI, where several of the scenes were filmed. The version presented was the one without the original score. What a disappointment!
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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great But Sometimes Magical July 27, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie is both great and awful depending entirely upon one's need for accuracy or how deeply you may have felt about the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay for this film and followed the classic book about as closely as a film is capable of doing. But I found the direction to be flawed somehow. The film is filled with starlit close-ups (no one's eyes sparkle like that, not even Daisy's) and smoke screen silhouettes, complex party scenes and plenty of flapper costumes. I just couldn't figure out why all of the strange lighting existed after hiring two nearly perfect looking actors, in Mia Farrow and Robert Redford. I would have preferred to see the stars in Daisy's eyes stem from a great acting performance rather than the eerie sparkles falsely placed in every close-up!

Robert Redford was good as Gatsby and he conveyed some of the character's desperate and lonely love. I was disappointed that all of the complexity of Gatsby was never fully explained. If I would not have known the story beforehand I would have never understood what tied Gatsby and Daisy together, other than money of course. But Redford captures Gatsby's aloofness to a tee and one can easily see why Daisy would be in love with Gatsby.

I found Mia Farrow to be disappointing as Daisy Buchanan, the spoiled debutante who manages to seduce the great Gatsby for a lifetime. As stated previously Farrow's close-ups were far too crafted to seduce anyone. She came across as a flirty silly girl more than a classic seductress and paled in comparison to Redford's portrayal of Gatsby. She looked cute in all of the frilly costumes of course, but I never really found her character believable.

Karen Black is downright scary as the mistress of Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If F. Scott Fitzgerald had directed film...........
Great film; much better than the re-make with DiCaprio.
I originally saw this film in 1974 in a motion picture theater that opened in 1926 and had (still has today) all the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Frank Grunwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 5 days ago by Tracey Cocking
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Decent reproduction
Published 10 days ago by Scott in Lincoln CA
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the period wardrobes and it really brought me to ...
Loved the period wardrobes and it really brought me to that period. It could have been condensed, just a little, as I was getting antsy towards the end. Great move.
Published 15 days ago by SHARON C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great version of the timeless story
Excellent version of the book. Adheres closely to my reading of the novel.
Published 18 days ago by John K. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. It was interesting comparing it to the ...
Great movie. It was interesting comparing it to the newer version released earlier this year,
Published 19 days ago by Retired1943
5.0 out of 5 stars The original movie & the best
The best !
Published 22 days ago by icats
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this is my favorite
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the newer
As I remember it on tv. Better than the newer version
Published 24 days ago by jobirdo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the best there is.
Published 25 days ago by Julialynn psychic
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