The Great Gatsby

6.42 h 23 min1974X-Ray13+
HD. Robert Redford is the millionaire with a shady past in this lush, lavish version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic of Jazz Age America.
Jack Clayton
Robert RedfordMia FarrowSam Waterston
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Bruce DernKaren Black
David Merrick
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LtTawnyMadisonReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Comparing this to the 2013 version
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The first Gatsby I watched was the 2013 version [[ASIN:B00ESY77LO The Great Gatsby (2013)]], which I LOVED. My parents wanted to see this 1974 version on a visit, and I was very interested to compare the two.

I really loved Mia Farrow's portrayal of Daisy; it was much better than Carey Mulligan's. In the "little fool" scene you really got the weight of those words.

Conversely, I thought Leonardo DiCaprio did a better job than Robert Redford with Gatsby's character. Robert Redford seemed to make Gatsby both too awkward and too slick; it's hard to explain, but I could feel Gatsby's emotions much more with Leo's than with Robert's portrayal, and they matched the book's description more closely. Redford did a great job with the cottage scene when he sees Daisy for the first time in the movie, but otherwise I felt it was shallow.

Other aspects of the movie were OK but I like the more recent version better. But if you're put off by Baz Luhrmann's artistic choices with his Gatsby, this one is definitely for you, as all the cinematography is straightforward and the music is jazz all the way.
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous and Thoughtful!
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A complicated romance with social commentary galore.

Jack Clayton's The Great Gatsby (1974) is a lush take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's poignant novel filled with visual metaphors critiquing the affluence and apathy of the wealthy. Francis Ford Coppola's screenplay is a gripping dramatic pull that captures the difficult romance in Gatsby, while focusing in on the misery of all involved.

Clayton's direction is fascinating as he exudes lavish wealth in his visual style, while simultaneously mocking the extravagance with his ultra bright lights and shining ornate decorations. Clayton captures the enjoyment from parties and material things that the upper classes enjoy daily, while also ensuring the audience understands nothing they own gives them happiness. Clayton puts the opulence out front and the misery of the fortunate on display. You do not feel bad for these characters because they are rich, but because they are so pitiful that they cannot appreciate all they have or who they have in their lives. Clayton's direction is simply marvelous and apt for The Great Gatsby.

Douglas Slocombe's cinematography is clever in every scene. Whether we witness Daisy's pain through her eyes or Gatsby's longing in his reflection through a mirror, the visual choices are ravishing to the viewer's eyes. The many tracking shots and neat close-ups really emanate the sorrow of the leading pair. Gatsby alone in his pool or Daisy wasting away in a lawn chair are particularly memorable scenes.

The set design is stunning detailed mansions and radiant expensive objects. The outfits are period accurate and sophisticated with neat white color schemes for a refined palette aesthetic. The score from Nelson Riddle is delightful and fun with many old sounding tunes playing away for a salad days sonic atmosphere. Riddle's flair for the dramatic and romantic scenes is where he shines brightest with hazy sounds caressing characters with melodic bliss.

Robert Redford is perfectly cast as Jay Gatsby. Redford demonstrates Gatsby's longing and loneliness with a profound empathy for the character. Redford displays some of his most understated acting with his use of his pained eyes or uncertain face desperate for Daisy's love and affection. Redford takes the laconic hero and transforms him into a character study of a man with everything except love. Redford is ever the charming gentleman as he woos the audience and Daisy alike.

Mia Farrow is surprisingly dreamy as the selfish shallow Daisy Buchanan looking for love in her man's wallet. Farrow captures Daisy's cheap attitude and changing desire with a cold heart and a pleasant smile. Farrow clearly understands how delicate the balance in Daisy's character must be. She is playing an unlikable rich lady that must also be convincing as a woman worthy of Gatsby's love. Farrow plays the heroine romantic leading lady and the dangerous femme fatale simultaneously with a zealous vigor.

Bruce Dern is shockingly vile as the villainous cheater Tom Buchanan. His apathy towards his wife's feelings is as disturbing as his callous cheating on his wife. Dern captures the sleazy selfishness of a wealthy white man who is racist, cruel, violent, and jealous all while he still selfishly considers himself the victim. Dern is excellent as Tom.

I must mention how much I loved Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway. Waterston is likable and charming in a realistic way. He builds up a grounded display as the observer of Gatsby's story, while also getting caught up in the wildly lavish lifestyle of the wealthy. Waterston gives a haunting performance as a man enchanted by Gatsby's charms, love humanity, decency, and grace and not his wealth. He is witnessing and recounting Gatsby's story back to us as the narrator beautifully. Waterston certainly comprehends how touched Carraway is by Gatsby's impact.

Lastly, The Great Gatsby contains several nice supporting roles as well. Karen Black is fun as Myrtle Wilson with her hectic lifestyle and cruel remarks. Scott Wilson is phenomenal as the poor George Wilson. Wilson is ever present in his scenes with a frightened knowing look that says he understands what is actually occurring. Finally, Roberts Blossom is excellent as Gatsby's old father. His wearied eyes reveal a long pain and deep understanding of his son's suffering that is fascinating to watch.

Overall, I found The Great Gatsby to be highly entertaining and riveting in its cinematic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel. The romance and friendship is endearing, while the drama and intrigue is highly engaging. Redford and Farrow are the key star performance that elevate the film with their mystifying acting, but the film itself is quite impressive too!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sticks close to the book and highlights the hollowness of the American Dream
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This 1974 version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic book sticks close to the source material. It maintains a lot of the original dialogue by the narrator Nick Carraway/Sam Waterston. I’ve always taken the book and this film adaptation to be a commentary on the American Dream. Many have said Fitzgerald was writing about the unattainability of the dream. To me it was actually about how hollow it was. Like in the book, Gatsby played by Robert Redford went from nothing into a millionaire in an attempt to obtain the love of his life Daisy/Mia Farrow. That not working out wasn’t the message. It was the fact that he believed he could buy happiness. He couldn’t. In fact, Redford’s character is completely crass. For example, he thinks he has to offer Waterston a business deal in order to get him to invite Farrow over to his house. In another scene when Farrow comes over to Redford’s house he shows her all his expensive clothes thinking showing off his material possessions will make her love him. Gatsby can also be seen as a commentary on the Roaring 20s when people were living in excess which all came crashing down in 1929.

If you really want to get a sense of what the book is about this is the movie to watch.
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materialgirl8707Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Blissfully beautiful from beginning to end.
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Beautiful and blissful from beginning to end. They have done so many movie versions of the novel but THIS ONE DEFINITELY BREAKS THE MOLD BY FAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES, ALL THOSE HORRIBLE CRITICS WHO GAVE HORRIBLE REVIEWS TO THIS MOVIE CAN ALL TAKE A FLYING LEAP OFF A MOUNTAIN, AND THEY HAVE NO TASTE IN GREAT MOVIES!!!!!!!!!!!! This movie not only brought F. Scotte Fitzgerald's greatest novel to life but it was infinitely moving, gorgeous, blissful, captivating, breathtaking, sentimental, ravishing, passionate, romantic, and stunningly beautiful and lovely. After I watched for the first time, I couldn't get enough and watched it 7 times after that and will watch it again and again and again. Robert Redford is Jay Gatsby; he definitely owned that role and was magnificent. And Mia Farrow is beautifully captivating and lovely and is definitely Daisy Buchanan. Sam Waterston is wonderful too and Lois Chiles is gorgeous. I have seen the Di Caprio one and became nauseated watching that version because not only was it horrible but is a disgrace to Mr. Fitzgerald's greatest novel. The one with Mira Sorvino is just okay but never holds a candle to this 1974 classic. I love this movie; it's blissfully beautiful and captivating from beginning to end. I love it and anyone else who has excellent taste in movies will love it too. This movie captivates the soul and fills the heart with so much love and sentiment.
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17thCavalryReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
If F. Scott Fitzgerald had directed film...........
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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 trappings of the roaring twenties including statuary and a pipe organ.
Mia Farrow plays the role of vacuum-head Daisy splendidly. Although his politics disgust me, Redford is the quintessential Jay Gatsby. Bruce Dern is the perfect Tom Buchanan. Lois Chiles has always been the gorgeous Jordan Baker or me. Then there's the poor, hapless George Wilson (Scott Wilson). Scott has an unfortunate tendency to get snuffed (In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, The Walking Dead). Terrific actor. Sam Waterston is the perfect Nick Caraway. By the way, there's no one left to replace Nelson Riddle, either.
This film is one of Coppola" best.
On a more technical note, the cars in the 1974 version are more correct for the 1920's period as are the old fashioned lawn mowers and outboard boat motor......
I could go on much longer but this version of the film has always been my favorite and somehow best translates the forlorn hope and profound sadness that Fitzgerald expressed in this tragic tale of "what might have been."
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Marianne McDermottReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Great Gatsby - real life in the "rich" fast lane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Great Gatsby, filmed in the hot summer of 1973 IS the best version of Fitzgerald's book ! Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Sam Waterson were the real versions of the book! Also, Waterson was the true "pedigree" of the character of Jay Gatsby - Sam was a Harvard graduate and Yale graduate during the early 1960's! The true "pedigree" of the character of Jay Gatsby - when I found this out I was shocked! Waterson plays the real person of
Nick Carraway because he "know" of the falseness of being "rich"! I don't know if anyone making the 1974 version
of the film knew of his pedigree! But anyway, this film was "the book"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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AndrewReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty faithful to Fitzgerald's work
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Much to my surprise, this movie stuck closely to the plot and intent of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous book; no directorial hijinks or attempts to rewrite the author's characters. The production values are excellent; the wild parties at Gatsby's are impressive indeed; the ash strewn desolation at George Wilson's gas station could have been a moonscape. All the actors rose nobly to the occasion (although I did think that Mia Farrow's Daisy was rather shallower than Fitzgerald might have intended); Sam Waterston was suitably understated as Nick Carraway, Bruce Dern was marvelously overbearing as Tom Buchanan, Scott Wilson was wholly convincing as George Wilson, a man stretched beyond his psychological limits, Lois Chiles flitted deliciously on the periphery as Jordan Baker. Robert Redford - and please note that I am in no sense of the word a Redford fan - was perfect as Gatsby, a role that it would be easy to overplay (or otherwise ruin). He handled it beautifully. All the supporting roles were wonderfully cast.

I consider this rendition of Fitzgerald's masterpiece to be superior film making.
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MarideanReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
This classic movie version of The Great Gatsby is the BEST!
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I’ve loved The Great Gatsby book AND this classic movie starring Robert Redford all of my life. I’ve owned this movie on VHS, DVD, and I’m now glad to own the digital version so that I can watch it whenever, where ever I am. Picture quality and sound are both excellent.
I saw the newer Great Gatsby film remake with Leonardo DiCapria. Although it wasn’t bad, I still prefer this classic version with Robert Redford!
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