The Great Gatsby

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Released 1974

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Director:
Jack Clayton
Released:
1974
Rating:
PG
The Great Gatsby is the 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's hailed novel of the same name. This film is the third film adaptation of the book and stars Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as his long lost love Daisy Buchanan. The film follows the story of Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston) who is a young man from the Midwest that has just moved to Long Island, NY. Carraway moves in next door to the lavish and eccentric Gatsby whom which he becomes oddly fascinated by. Gatsby takes an equal liking to Carroway and decides to include the young man in his twisted lifestyle and inner circle of friends. It doesn't take long for Carraway to realize the obsessive nature of Gatsby and the sure tragedy that will certainly unfold within his life and to those around him. The film is considered to be one of the better adaptations of the novel and additionally stars Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Lois Chiles, Howard De Silva, Edward Herrmann, and Arthur Hughes.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety

    The Francis Coppola script and Jack Clayton's direction paint a savagely genteel portrait of an upper class generation that deserved in spades what it got circa 1929 and after.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Great Gatsby is a superficially beautiful hunk of a movie with nothing much in common with the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel.

  • 60

    Empire

    An opulent and accurate portrayal of the period that drags too much to stay interesting.

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    ruthless businessman, horrible people, trophy wife, blatant misogyny, fame and fortune