The Great Gatsby (1974)



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Movie Info

Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this drama focuses on mysterious man of wealth Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful -- and married -- Daisy Buchanan. This lavish adaptation of the American classic received largely negative critical response during its initial release.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Francis Ford Coppola
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2003
Paramount Pictures


as Jay Gatsby

as Daisy Buchanan

as Nick Carraway

as Tom Buchanan

as Myrtle Wilson

as George Wilson

as Jordan Baker

as Meyer Wolfsheim

as Mr. Gatz

as Klipspringer

as Wilson's Friend

as Dog Vendor

as Mrs. McKee

as Mr. McKee

as Gatsby's Bodyguard

as Pamela Buchanan

as Pamela's Nurse

as Reporter

as Detectives at Pool

as Detectives at Pool

as Miss Baedeker

as Fat Man

as Mourner
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Critic Reviews for The Great Gatsby

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

The film is faithful to the letter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel but entirely misses its spirit.

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

In sum this picture is a total failure of every requisite sensibility. A long, slow, sickening bore.

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 26, 2007
Top Critic

Director Jack Clayton seems overawed by the opulence of the production as well as by the mythic presence of Fitzgerald -- and the result is a film of shimmering surface brilliance and almost complete lack of focus or substance.

Full Review… | July 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A literary adaptation that continually begs detrimental comparison with the novel, this relies too much on appearance, making little attempt to explore behind the beguiling '20s fašade.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie can't see this through all its giant closeups of pretty knees and dancing feet. It's frivolous without being much fun.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Great Gatsby


Faithful adaptation. Can't say I agree with the terrible reviews.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

The Great Gatsby is a standout novel that is brilliantly written with a simple story. This book adaptation captures the feel and tone of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic work. I did enjoy the new version of The Great Gatsby, but I felt that this one was of course a superior film, a film that boasted some terrific performances and brilliant direction with wonderful storytelling. What makes The Great Gatsby such a great story is that it's a simple plot that is both poignant and dramatic, and these elements combine perfectly to create something quite wonderful. This is a superb picture, a film that is captivating from start to finish, and it's easily a classic. I really enjoyed the book, and it's one of my favorites as well, and with this adaptation, I felt that they managed to keep plenty of elements intact that has made the book so good. There are several great performances, and each actor brings something unique to the screen, which elevate the film significantly. If you've enjoyed the book, then by all means, this adaptation is by far the best take on Fitzgerald's material, and it's a film well worth your time if you've enjoyed the book or if you're looking for a finely crafted drama with some fine performances. Like I said, I did enjoy the current retelling of The Great Gatsby, and I do believe it's a bit underrated; however, this is the film version to watch of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic. Give this film a shot, it's well worth your time, and it's a brilliantly acted and directed film that tells a great story.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Nice adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work but it's hobbled by very questionable casting. (i.e. Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan?? Seriously??)

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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