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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby (1949)

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This second film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's definitive jazz-age novel The Great Gatsby stars Alan Ladd in the title role. Jay Gatsby, formerly Jake Gatz, is a successful bootlegger with aspirations of being accepted in the highest social circles of Long Island. Once he's done this, Gatsby devotes his time to winning back the love of his former lady friend Daisy (Betty Field), now married to boorish "old-money" millionaire Tom Buchanan (Barry Sullivan). Gatsby's obsession with rekindling

May 26, 1998

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (5)

Unfortunately, the movie version misses many of its opportunities.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Elliott Nugent's direction skips along the surface of the era depicted. The script doesn't give him much substance to work with.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum have achieved a dutiful plotting of the novel without the substance of life that made it stick.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This scores over Jack Clayton's lavish and longer 1974 version by the casting of Alan Ladd as Gatsby, so much more convincing as a man with a dark and mysterious past than one-dimensional glamour-puss Robert Redford.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Elliott Nugent directs with some atmospheric touches, but can't counter screenwriter Richard Maibaum's verbosity.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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A large part of what makes this version work is the glacial central presence of Alan Ladd, who's quite convincing as a man with a mysterious past.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Not much is made of the 20s Long Island setting and, like the other film versions, it fails to capture the elusive style of the novel.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Not as bad as the 2001 addaption, but not much better.
December 31, 2009
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