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In this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's final, unfinished novel, Monroe Stahr (Robert De Niro) is a legendary hollywood producer hailed as a "boy genius" during the studio system of 1930s Hollywood. Stahr blithely contends with neurotic stars (Tony Curtis, Jeanne Moreau), a union organizer (Jack Nicholson), his adversary (Robert Mitchum), a difficult writer (Donald Pleasence), and his mysterious girlfriend (Ingrid Boulting), but his relentless micromanaging may be his undoing.

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Critic Reviews for The Last Tycoon

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (12)

  • 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.

    April 10, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Elia Kazan now admits that he directed this adaptation, his last Hollywood film, for the money. Unfortunately, it looks it.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The Last Tycoon is a beautiful and interesting failure precisely because it lacks confidence and energy, because it substitutes the uncertain beauties of nostalgia and style for whatever inventiveness was required to fulfill its promise.

    August 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It has all been put together with such taste and intelligence by Spiegel and Kazan that for all of its problems, it's probably the best all around movie from a Fitzgerald work yet made.

    October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Tycoon

  • Jun 18, 2010
    While it’s not Elia Kazan’s usual style, it’s a very interesting story with a lot to offer. You can instantaneously feel that it’s incomplete and fragmented, but it works with Robert De Niro’s performance as Stahr. This has great performances from everyone and it’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 R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2008
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2007
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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
  • Jul 04, 2006
    I've read a lot of reviews that complain about this film's "glacial pace", but if I may be so bold, I think a lot of people are misplacing their criticism. If anything, the film moves forward a little too quickly and sheds some crucial character insight in the process. However, I was pleased with the movie's tonal approach of distance, and the atmosphere of quiet sadness it established. This is a withdrawn piece that speaks very little at times and expects a lot from the audience. The direction, writing and performances all serve towards its languid essence and the result is a respectably executed movie that falls short of the greatness it could have achieved. Robert De Niro's lead performance is exciting to watch - a sketch of a character with a lot of texture that we never quite get a grasp of. His brief moments with Jack Nicholson make this film worth a watch alone. Watching those two screen legends feed off each other made me a happy viewer. This isn't a film I would recommend to many people, but I enjoyed it extensively and I presume it's something I'll revisit at least once.
    Mike T Super Reviewer

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