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Gone With the Wind (1939)

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 4

Filmed and presented on a scale not seen in modern productions, Gone with the Wind is, if not the definitive Hollywood film, then certainly near the top of the list.

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 3

Filmed and presented on a scale not seen in modern productions, Gone with the Wind is, if not the definitive Hollywood film, then certainly near the top of the list.

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Gone With the Wind boils down to a story about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man. Producer David O. Selznick managed to expand this concept, and Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, into nearly four hours' worth of screen time, on a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, creating what would become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Gone With the Wind opens in April of 1861, at the palatial Southern estate of Tara, where Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh)

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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (4) | DVD (35)

It's remarkable that after spending almost eight hours of my existence in front of this film, I can remember only two points vividly.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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Gone With the Wind endures and deepens with the passing of time because Scarlett and Rhett are as modern as its open ending.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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One of the truly great films, destined for record-breaking boxoffice business everywhere.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A critic-proof movie if there ever was one: it isn't all that good, but somehow it's great.

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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What more can one say about this much-loved, much discussed blockbuster?

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film that perhaps defines Hollywood.

December 7, 2004
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Running to nearly four hours and boasting at least three directors, this epic American Civil War romantic drama is more of a symbol of the Hollywood studio system than a mere movie.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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Boasts epic visuals (the civil war, Atlanta on fire etc) as sweeping as Max Steiner's score.

November 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The performances of eternally glittering movie stars Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable ... exist in a league of their own, demanding rapt attention in scene after scene.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Ginormous in both scale and emotional wallop, MGM's epic is still a cinematic event to be savoured.

November 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Brimming with colour and passion, it pulls its emotional kick from tremendous performances, not least from Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable as the love-hate lovers.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The cast, in the main scenes as in the episodes, is excellent.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

[VIDEO ESSAY] ...a closer reading finds a cutting commentary on the South's hypocritical, opportunistic, and racist attitudes that continue to infect American culture.

August 11, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The golden standard for classic Hollywood bombast, this one.

July 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

If ever the phrase, "They don't make 'em like they used to" could fit a film, this is it.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

The epic film that to this day stands as the benchmark against which all other epics are judged.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comments (3)
Antagony & Ecstasy

Gone with the Wind is still dated, but it's a dynamite kind of antiquity.

November 21, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Coordinating six filming units at once and presiding over 50-hour editing sessions, [Selznick] subsisted on a regular diet of thyroid extract, Benzedrine, and B-12 shots.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

It's impossible not to be carried away by the rich arterial force of this storytelling.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Grand old Hollywood at its most magnificent and melodramatic. Say what you like about the soapy characterisation and plotting, the spectacle flattens all in its wake.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A lost Hollywood art: the epic melodrama.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Terrificly acted, staged and designed, Gone WIth the Wind remains one of the greatest period epics ever filmed.

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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Audience Reviews for Gone With the Wind

Gone with the Wind is an epic drama that has its secured place in the history of cinema. With a grand story, standout performances and exceptional direction, this is one of the finest films ever made. With a simple story set amidst the Civil War that ravaged the U.S, the film is grand in scope and is highly engaging due to the chemistry of its two lead actors, Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. This is a great movie because the story here are just so rich and simple in nature and the greatest movies use simple, yet emotional ideas to really tell a grand story. This is the case with Gone with the Wind. With a great cast at his disposal, director Victor Fleming, who also helmed the classic The Wizard of Oz has crafted something remarkable, and was able to take something limited, and make it broad, ambitious because it's a story set in a dark period of American history, and it gives the picture the setting for a simple story set amidst an ambitious period. The result is a masterpiece that evokes some of the finest acting and storytelling that has ever been committed to film. Aside from Casablanca, this is one of the finest romance films that has ever been made, and it is a film that is a must see movie for any serious film fanatics. Brilliant, enthralling and superb in every way, Gone with the Wind was one of the first grand movies to really establish film as significant art. Of course throughout this era there have been several standout movies that have defined cinema for what it is, but Gone with the Wind is one of the finest movies that has ever graced the screen. What makes this an engrossing picture is that there is so much emotion in the performances and since it's set during a dark part of American history, it just makes the subject that much compelling. Gone with the Wind is a long picture, one that you must really be committed to as it's nearly a four film, but the journey is worth it, and it never boring because there is effective drama amidst the war time setting, and we see plenty of the Civil War chaos as well. Don't pass this one up, it may be a long movie, but it's a cinematic milestone and one of the finest classics in movie history.
June 1, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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There probably isn't much new to say about a film coming up on its 75th anniversary, but I'll say this for it: even with its now unacceptable worldview - particularly in the way in which a man can treat a woman - Gone with the Wind delivers a dramatic, compelling story for nearly four hours, a feat few movies can even manage over 90 minutes these days. Its cinematography is magical, even if not as technologically advanced as ours, and as Scarlett O'Hara, Vivian Leigh plays the full range, from coldest ice to blazing fire, in a tour de force for the ages. Not to be outdone, Clark Gable succeeds in shifting our sympathies from Scarlett to him... OK, maybe Margaret Mitchell's plot did most of the heavy lifting on that front, but there's nothing that can detract from Gable's performance as a character we're supposed to dislike but end up charmed by. The final hour really accelerates the last pieces of the plot, so that the events seem contrived - Scarlett and Rhett become punching bags in the end, with all the misery that befalls them - but nearly every scene is gripping, with conversations that would never happen today but ring as true as they ever have. And I did like that the conclusion was unsettling, leaving Scarlett to carry on with her (possibly delusional) hope to continue improving her situation, regardless of what we now know about whether that would be a good choice for her. So, in all, it's a classic American epic that everyone should dedicate the time to at least once in their life - even if that means looking past (1) the general tone that a woman should be kept/put in her place, and (2) the contention that the pre-Civil War South, replete with slavery, was a way of life that should be mourned - and I think it deserves its reputation as one of the very greatest films ever made. It's a product of its time, and a damned fine one.
January 13, 2014
danperry17

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Yes, it is 'Gone with the Wind'. But I will not give in to public opinion because of the film's mere reputation. Instead, I will be honest in review. The film is still incredible to witness, but never easy to sit through. The truth is, I was thoroughly entertained throughout the first half of the film, but became bored thereafter. The epic appeal of the backdrop of the story and the South is lost once Scarlett claims she'll 'never go hungry again'. The famous lines are still famous for a reason and Clark Gable will always be fantastic in the lead role, but the truth is that I would not want to watch the film again anytime soon. Yet I am very glad I was able to witness this epic piece of cinema. That will never be a regret.
September 2, 2012
Kase Vollebregt

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What else can I offer that hasn't been already said a million times before? Any film that can run 3 hours and 42 minutes without ever failing to hold the viewer's interest, is an achievement in itself. Then there's the cast, everyone deserving of an Academy Award for their emotionally involving work. Add to that the costumes, music, set design that make up the grand historical sweep and you've got a story that astonishes. To watch this spectacle is to witness the textbook case of how to render an epic. It dazzles in its breadth, and yet at its core, it remains the simple tale of a woman resolved not to lose her Tara, the cotton plantation she calls home. Enter the charming rogue, Rhett, she beguiles and is beguiled by. Watching these two, it's impossible not to get caught up in their situation. Yes Gone with the Wind is an account on the grandest scale imaginable, but it's also a story about compelling people. At heart, that is what truly engages in a film that became a cultural phenomenon. It's the kind of artistic display that makes you truly "give a damn."
May 29, 2012
hobster1

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    1. Rhett Butler: Frankly darling, I don't give a damn.
    – Submitted by Adam P (9 months ago)
    1. Rhett Butler: You should be kissed by someone who knows how.
    – Submitted by Adam P (9 months ago)
    1. Scarlett O'Hara: As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. Scarlett O'Hara: After all, tomorrow is another day!
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. Scarlett O'Hara: Rhett I'm so sorry, for everything.
    2. Rhett Butler: My darling your such a child, you think by saying 'I'm Sorry' all the past can be corrected.
    – Submitted by Adam O (19 months ago)
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