The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby proves that even a pair of tremendously talented leads aren't always enough to guarantee a successful adaptation of classic literary source material.



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In this version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's elegiac novel, Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jake Gatsby, who uses his fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan. The attempt is ultimately doomed to failure.

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Robert Redford
as Jay Gatsby
Mia Farrow
as Daisy Buchanan
Sam Waterston
as Nick Carraway
Bruce Dern
as Tom Buchanan
Karen Black
as Myrtle Wilson
Scott Wilson
as George Wilson
Lois Chiles
as Jordan Baker
Howard Da Silva
as Meyer Wolfsheim
Edward Herrmann
as Klipspringer
Elliott Sullivan
as Wilson's Friend
Arthur Hughes
as Dog Vendor
Beth Porter
as Mrs. McKee
Paul Tamarin
as Mr. McKee
John Devlin
as Gatsby's Bodyguard
Patsy Kensit
as Pamela Buchanan
Marjorie Wildes
as Pamela's Nurse
Jerry Mayer
as Reporter
Bob Sherman
as Detectives at Pool
Norman Chauncer
as Detectives at Pool
Regina Baff
as Miss Baedeker
Oliver Clark
as Fat Man
Tom Ewell
as Mourner
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Critic Reviews for The Great Gatsby

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

    Mar 6, 2013 | Full Review…
  • In sum this picture is a total failure of every requisite sensibility. A long, slow, sickening bore.

    Mar 6, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 26, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    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.

    Jul 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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 façade.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    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.

    May 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Great Gatsby


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

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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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
Alex roy

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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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

I haven't read the book, but the story was only interesting to me towards the end. The rest was pretty boring. There are a lot of good actors in this movie, though, so it's okay.

Aj V
Aj V

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