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The Last Tycoon (1976)




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Based on an unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald adapted by the notable playwright Harold Pinter and brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, this movie explores the life and machinations of the troubled movie producer Monroe Stahr (Robert DeNiro). The real-life inspiration for the leading character was Irving Thalberg, a producer at MGM. The focus of this leisurely-paced movie is on the characters of these show-business people. This star-studded film was expected to be a more conventional drama, and was not well-received by the film-going public.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Harold Pinter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2003
Paramount Pictures


Robert De Niro
as Monroe Stahr
Tony Curtis
as Rodriguez
Robert Mitchum
as Pat Brady
Ingrid Boulting
as Kathleen Moore
Ray Milland
as Fleishacker
Dana Andrews
as Red Ridingwood
Theresa Russell
as Cecilia Brady
Tige Andrews
as Popolos
Jeff Corey
as Doctor
Diane Shalet
as Stahr's Secretary
Seymour Cassel
as Seal Trainer
Bonnie Bartlett
as Brady's Secretary
Sharon Masters
as Brady's Secretary
Leslie Curtis
as Mrs. Rodriguez
Lloyd Kino
as Butler
Brendan Burns
as Assistant Editor
Carrie Miller
as Lady in Restaurant
Peggy Feury
as Hairdresser
Patricia Singer
as Girl on Beach
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Critic Reviews for The Last Tycoon

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Producer Sam Spiegel's contribution is admirable, but Elia Kazan's direction of the Pinter plot seems unfocussed though craftsmanlike. Robert De Niro's performance as the inscrutable boy-wonder of films is mildly intriguing.

Full Review… | April 10, 2007
Top Critic

De Niro proves again how well he can carry a part, and is particularly good in scenes dealing with the day-to-day business of movie-making.

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

The movie is full of echoes. We watch it as if at a far remove from what's happening, but that too is appropriate: Fitzgerald was writing history as it happened.

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

Elia Kazan now admits that he directed this adaptation, his last Hollywood film, for the money. Unfortunately, it looks it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Kazan's rigid directing kills the spontaneity of nearly every cast member.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

It's a film that takes Hollywood too seriously and seems to worship with piety at its altar, but was too awkwardly presented to mean much.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Last Tycoon

While itâ??s not Elia Kazanâ??s usual style, itâ??s a very interesting story with a lot to offer. You can instantaneously feel that itâ??s incomplete and fragmented, but it works with Robert De Niroâ??s performance as Stahr. This has great performances from everyone and itâ??s got a nice critique about Hollywood and movie making, but it never really answers any of the questions it asks. This is about as much as you can expect though, considering the circumstances, and nothing to be ashamed of.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

With a cast like this there is no way this should be the snoozefest it is. Moves at a glacial place to no real resolution.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]In "The Last Tycoon," Monroe Stahr(Robert De Niro) is the head of production at International World Films in the 1930's, making movies to keep people's minds off the Depression. He lives for his work, spending little time outside of it, since the tragic death of his lady love about a decade before. One night, an earthquake strikes the studio while he is sleeping in his office. Out to inspect the damage, he notices two women floating by on a prop; one of whom, Kathleen Moore(Ingrid Boulting), reminds him of his lost love. Now, he is obsessed with finding her again...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Last Tycoon" is a detailed and captivating movie with a breezy tone until the final minutes when it begins to drag. The movie takes place when the studio system was at its height in Hollywood.(The casting of Robert Mitchum, Ray Milland, John Carradine and Tony Curtis acknowledges the old studio system while Theresa Russell and Anjelica Huston point towards the future. And Jeanne Moreau represents the revolutionary French New Wave.) This was at a time when for better or worse the studio boss was king and directors, actors and writers were little more than craftsmen making movies on a production line. Thankfully the movie is not nostalgiac, simply showing one way of making films. [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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