Gone with the Wind

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Released 1939

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Director:
George Cukor , Victor Fleming
Released:
1939
Rating:
G

Gone with the Wind is the sprawling, classic adaptation of Margaret Mitchell sprawling, classic novel that is widely considered to be the greatest romance ever made and, indeed, one of the greatest motion pictures in general. Set in 1861 on a sprawling cotton plantation dubbed Tara, the story revolves around the life of the O'Hara family. Mainly, Scarlett O'Hara (Oscar winning Vivien Leigh), who has been in love with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) for a long time, and he at one point possibly mentioned marriage, but he is now set to marry her cousin Melanie Hamilton (Oscar nominated Olivia De Havilland). In a vengeful mood, Scarlett agrees to marry the enthusiastic Frank Kennedy (Carroll Nye), who dies soon from measles when he enters the war, and Scarlett has now become a business woman. At that point the man who eyed her at a barbecue party, Rhett Butler (Oscar nominated Clark Gable, who had already won two), proposes marriage, but she is too self involved to agree. Then, not long after, the war really hits home (literally), and everyone has to get out of town before the Yankees kill them. After the war has settled for a while, Scarlett has saved Melanie and her baby, she returns to her old house where the servants, including trustworthy, but easily annoyed Mammy (Oscar winning Hattie McDaniel, the first black woman ever to win one), and when the mother dies, becomes head of the house.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A towering landmark of film, quite simply because it tells a good story, and tells it wonderfully well.

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Bob Graham

    The most striking effect of the Technicolor process is its subtlety. The viewer is aware of the gradations of flesh tones in Leigh's face and can see the color rise in her cheeks. ...

  • 100

    San Francisco Examiner Barbara Shulgasser

    The sexual tension and humorous byplay between Leigh and co-star Clark Gable, in the role of gentleman rogue Rhett Butler, was riveting. And so was Leigh's portrayal of a viper try...

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Thomas Mitchell (I)

Thomas Mitchell (I)

Gerald O'Hara

Clark Gable

Clark Gable

Rhett Butler

Ward Bond

Ward Bond

Tom - Yankee Captain

Irving Bacon

Irving Bacon

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