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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 (682 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: 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 (682 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,376 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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229 of 246 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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77 of 80 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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95 of 108 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was a real pleasure to see these wonderful actors bring this...
It was a real pleasure to see these wonderful actors bring this American classic to life. I read the book years ago and seeing the movie reminded me of how much I enjoyed F. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Zora Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, I was surprised to see others didn't
I loved it, I was surprised to see others didn't. I thought it did well to capture the essence of the book
Published 8 days ago by Peter Geoghegan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Gatsby [1974] [Blu-ray]
The Great Gatsby [1974] [Blu-ray] RAVISHINGLY, RICHLY BEAUTIFUL FROM START TO FINISH!

The '20s never roared louder than in this sumptuously romantic retelling of F. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Andrew C. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
classic movie
Published 9 days ago by ollientn
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Production
Best movie version imho. May not be completely accurate to the book, and some of Redford's acting is cring-worthy, overall it works very well.
Published 13 days ago by Mario Stella
5.0 out of 5 stars I teach high school English and this is the perfect version for the...
I teach high school English and this is the perfect version for the text and application without making any of us uncomfortable with too many promiscuous scenes.
Published 16 days ago by Debbie Souder
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK, kind of dragged, unsympathetic characters, a light film of its time
Published 17 days ago by Fay Louise Claus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect conditioned and much appreciated.
Published 19 days ago by Jeb Baldridge
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Boring
Published 21 days ago by Mark Blumenfeld
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