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The Last Tycoon (1976)

Robert De Niro , Tony Curtis , Elia Kazan  |  PG |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Nicholson
  • Directors: Elia Kazan
  • Writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harold Pinter
  • Producers: Sam Spiegel
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHPR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,300 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Tycoon" on IMDb

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG
Release Date: 2-MAY-2006
Media Type: DVD

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deniro and superb cast anchor The Last Tycoon December 7, 2003
"The Last Tycoon" is a thinly veiled retelling of the life of movie mogul Irving Thalberg. Thalberg made an amazing slew of motion pictures during his short rein as a producer and studio head in the 30's. DeNiro's Monroe Stahr is a mysterious, haunted individual who literally lives only for the movies he's making. It seems his fascinating with the screen makes him unable to communicate with the living all around him.

Writer Harold Pinter's dialog rhythms only enhances the impression that Stahr is in this world but not of it. Ultimately Stahr's intense devotion to appearance dove tails nicely with the themes examined in the book. Pinter fleshes out Fitzgerald's unfinished novel nicely although the film has an unfinished quality as well.

As directed by Hollywood and Broadway veteran Elia Kazan (On The Waterfront, East of Eden, A Streecar Named Desire), The Last Tycoon isn't an easy film to like; many of the characters seem vapid and self serving. In the character of Stahr we have a protagonist who isn't really "there" at all. Which is precisely Kazan and Pinter's point; The Last Tycoon is how image overwhelms substance but can't become a substitute for living.

Kazan's direction brings many of these characters to life providing a unique glimpse into the Hollywood studio system at its prime. Kazan and Pinter provide a fascinating and disquieting glimpse into the American life of the glamorous and powerful of Hollywood during its heyday. It's a sad and tragic tale which Kazan manages to inject with quiet power.

The transfer is very nice although there are a few analog and digital artifacts. The compression artifacts are minimal, however and probably won't be noticeable to most viewers.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Many good pieces but not for everyone April 20, 2004
The Last Tycoon 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. As a fan of the original book I can't decide whether my familiarity with it made me more inclined to like the film or not. I've decided that it did, but I can see where other Fitzgerald fans would think otherwise.
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. You can tell that they had to come up with an ending without the resource of the author to make it seamless. 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. Mitchum in particular does a nice job as the studio boss, but all of them feel underused. If you're going to put these people in a film, they should have something to sink their teeth into.
Kazan captures the spirit of the time and place well, but the pacing is slow - sometimes interminable - and sometimes confusing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Enigmatic and Reclusive Cinema Giant February 6, 2005
Monroe Stahr is a high-powered Hollywood executive seen as a creative genius by his studio peers. What makes him so different from so many executive screen depictions is that he is not the boisterously expansive "eat on the run" giant one so frequently sees, but is more of an otherwise faceless bureaucrat who says little and acts only when it is necessary.

"The Last Tycoon" was director Elia Kazan's last film. The 1976 drama was adapted from the final work of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's friend John O'Hara and others of the literary cognoscenti believed it would be his enduring work, but alas, before he could complete it he succumbed to a fatal heart attack in his apartment at the Laurel Arms in Hollywood, located next door to the Garden of Allah, the author's favorite Southern California residence, but one that was beyond his means at that point of a problem plagued career.

The difficulty with a work of this kind that ends before the creator had an opportunity to instill a deft finishing touch is that so much is left to the imagination as we abound in a sea of speculation. Celebrated British playwright and screen scenarist Harold Pinter entered the picture and applied his efforts to provide a conclusion. He focuses on the enigmatic and impossible to reach elements of Monroe Stahr, who was drawn in real life by Fitzgerald from his days as an MGM screenwriter, when he knew and observed Irving Thalberg. Like Fitzgerald, Thalberg was a product of New York intellectual circles. Both soared like comet while still in their twenties. They both also died tragically young. Fitzgerald's heart problems brought about his death at 44. Thalberg, never blessed with a strong constitution, succumbed at 37 from pneumonia.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A Ho-Hummer!
Some parts were not making sense and some parts were boring. The ending was sub par. Over all, a rating of two is high for this one.
Published 9 days ago by Wilbur M. Clemens
3.0 out of 5 stars Great actors, great director, screenplay not so great....
The Last Tycoon based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's last work, albeit left unfinished at his death and
published by Scribner posthumously. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Performance
I didn't know Robert De Niro before seeing him for the first time in the movie The Last Tycoon. I was so impressed by his subdued voice, body language, comportment that I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shaktima
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like De Niro
The script 'The Last Tycoon' by Kazan brings out a fine rendition of Erving Thalberg played by De Niro, who was head producer at MGM back in the late 20's and very early 30's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by clark schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars DeNiro never fails.
This movie was excellent and one that I will watch again in the future. Right now I have loaned it out to good friends to enjoy.
Published 10 months ago by Cathy Duvall
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated
Robert DeNiro heads a cast of established performers including Jack Nicholson. The Scott Fitzgerald story (unfinished at his death) still has quality. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charli
2.0 out of 5 stars the unfinished novel should have been left unfinished
I was surprised, with Kazan at the helm, how uneven and confused this film is. It's the story, based on Thalberg, the genius of MGM. Fitzgerald died before it was finished. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tom Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars the last tycoon
i had this movie on vhs, and couldn't wait to get the dvd. i love the acting and the way the movie draws you in. this is one of robert de niro's best films.
Published 14 months ago by bufin
2.0 out of 5 stars BORING
We watched this movie for a movie discussion group we are in, and thought with the director and stars in it, it would be good, but we were really bored. Read more
Published 14 months ago by mooncat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lats Typhoon
An unseen and underappreciated Deniro winner.
All star cast and a good picture of the Hollywood
JWW Hollywood California
Published 15 months ago by Julian W. Wasser
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