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F. Scott fitzgeralds jay gatsby shady 1920s millionaire tragically loves daisy another mans wife. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 08/22/2006 Starring: Robert Redford Kathryn Leigh Scott Run time: 144 minutes Rating: Pg Director: Jack Clayton

This adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, scripted by Francis Ford Coppola, puts costume design and art direction above the intricacies of character. It's certainly a handsome try, and perhaps no movie could capture The Great Gatsby in its entirety. Robert Redford is an interesting casting choice as Gatsby, the millionaire isolated in his mansion, still dreaming of the woman he lost. And Sam Waterston is perfect as the narrator, Nick, who brings the dream girl Daisy Buchanan back to Gatsby. No, the problem seems to be that director Jack Clayton fell in love with the flapper dresses and the party scenes and the Jazz Age tunes, ending up with a Classics Illustrated version of a great book rather than a fresh, organic take on the text. While Redford grows more quietly intriguing in the film, Mia Farrow's pallid performance as Daisy leaves you wondering why Gatsby, or anyone else, should care so much about his grand passion. The effective supporting cast includes Bruce Dern as Daisy's husband, and Scott Wilson and Karen Black as the low-rent couple whose destinies cross the sun-drenched protagonists. (That's future star Patsy Kensit as Daisy's little daughter.) The film won two Oscars--not surprisingly, for costumes and musical score. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews:

  • Read the book
    This adaptation does not do the novel justice. F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece is better left to the imagination. My opinion is not based on the quality of the actors (which was poor in some cases but not all). Rather, I am of the opinion that this movie, instead of focusing on the theme of The Great Gatsby, made the movie more of a soap opera starring Daisy and Gatsby and Tom. This may not be a fault peculiar to this particular film; I doubt that any director could adequately support Fitzgerald's theme. It cannot be conveyed on a film reel.
    The movie also made the idea of Gatsby's and Daisy's reunion seem too contrived, a problem which Fitzgerald managed to avoid.
    In short, the actual novel is a better choice than its film adaptation. If you must watch it, read the book first. At the very least do not substitute the movie for the book....more info
  • Elle Goozdich review
    I really enjoyed watching the Great Gatsby, especially after finishing the book first. Reading the book helped me to first picture each character my way and interpret Fitzgerald's writing on my own. Watching the movie, then, showed me a different perspective. I, for instance, had pictured Daisy to be much different than she was depicted in the movie...I had assumed that she was a little more down-to-earth than she was made out to be. However, I thought that Robert Redford played the perfect Gatsby, and Nick and Tom were also just how I'd imagined.
    The scenery and costumes in the movie were also extremely ornate--I loved all of the detail and the thrill of the 1920's. The party scene was my favorite, where everyone dances in Gatsby's backyard dressed in Flapper outfits with short, perfectly waved hair.
    I feel that watching the movie did have several advantages, but I did like the book much better, as the book kept me constantly guessing and felt more realistic than seeing it acted out. All in all The Great Gatsby was a good experience and I would recommend the book and movie to anyone--in that order....more info
  • Mia Farrow sucks
    While this version of the movie is truer to the novel than the PBS version, some of the Redford/Farrow scenes are hard to watch. My students like the newer version better because the acting is more credible and Mira Sorvino is a "hot" Daisy, but this is closer to the book. We need a third version of this movie with me as director....more info
  • Largely Unfaithful to the Book
    Though many of the characters' lines are taken directly from the book, they are often incomplete or in the wrong order. This destroys some of the thematic statements made by F.S. Fitzgerald in the novel, on which the film is based. These themes, such as money, the American Dream, friendship, hypocracy, dishonesty, and carelessness are severely lacking in the film. In some cases, these subjects are present, but are shown in a different way than they were in the book. Many of these themes are almost totally absent, and wouldn't be detectable unless one read the book first, which is highly reccommended.
    Read the book, rent the movie, experience its shortcomings, then return it....more info
  • Almost..
    This is one of those movies that instantly captures your imagination and always lingers somewhere in the back of your mind. I saw it twice in school, and the reaction was always mixed. We are living in careless times and perhaps The Great Gatsby speaks more to us today than ever. The 1920s were a fascinating era, and this film (and the book) captures it with haunting grandeur and beauty. The music - so wonderfully scored by Nelson Riddle - is a highlight. Also a highlight is Mia Farrow's performance as Daisy.... Here's where the controversy always lies. Why is Daisy portrayed as so stupid and shallow by Mia Farrow? Why is her character so one dimensional?? Duh, that is the whole point of the story! Daisy was the flawed character - she had no real vulnerability because she never loved anyone. She only cared about herself and her money and her "white" cars and clothes. Gatsby was the ideal character - hopelessly in love with her. However, Redford's portrayal is not convincing at all. He didn't seem like he cared, either. Stiff as cardboard, no emotion, etc.. The tragedy of Gatsby was he was really a dreamer alone in the world. When he dies, it is not only the death of a hero, but really the result of careless people who don't know how to love. Mia Farrow conveyed that perfectly! Yes, she is one dimensional! I can not tell you how many people I have met like Daisy's character in real life.. Thank you F. Scott Fitzgerald!...more info
  • There was little that was 'Great' about this movie
    I have not read the book, however I am a huge Law and Order fan and have been on a Sam Waterston kick and decided to watch this movie since he was in it. I have to say that I am devoting 1.7 of the two stars to his performance it was one of the only good things about this film. Mia Farrow's performance was awful. I sincerely hope that she is a more substantial person in real life than in this movie. I had a hard time even finishing the entire movie because her performance just seems to grate on your nerves until you sincerely wish that she would commit suicide, and unfotunately Bruce Dern is not much further behind. He comes across as someone that is a monster but he just can not seem to convey it all that well. THere is this whiny and wimpy quality to his performance which makes you glad that he and his bimbo wife "suffer" as much as they do in this movie. Robert Redford is gorgeous and while he lacks emotion in some areas over all he is a brighter spot in the movie. I read a review that said that he didn't some off as needy enough but I think that there was a definite air of neediness, however there is only so much insecurity a man as smootha nd beautiful as Redford can convey. The ending to the movie was powerful and I have to admit that I cried because of the way that Gatsby got treated by the woman he truly loved. So shallow and selfish that she couldn't manage to call or pause for a nanosecond in her life for a man who was so obviously in love with her. So the last .3 of the two stars goes to the ending of the movie and while Sam's performance was fantastic it is nice to see he has matured as an actor and the only thing that I would wish different about his character would be that he would stand up to Daisy and Tom at the end and explain what selfish jerks they are. Overall if you are not a Redford or Waterston fan this movie was just to thoroughly annoying to sit through....more info
  • L. Cassano----Great Gatsby Review---Mr. Yochum P.5
    I have read many required books for English classes; many I disliked, and few I enjoyed. The Great Gatsby is now one of my favorites! The book always kept me guessing. The characters represented multifaceted personalities which were intertwined and intriguing.

    Reading the book first introduced me to the characters and familiarized me with the era of the setting. Watching the movie allowed me a vivid visual of "The Jazz" age as F. Scott Fitzgerald called it. I thought the costumes were cool with their authentic 1920's air - the complete white outfits for summer, the flapper dresses, and of course the awesome swim wear worn by Gatsby in his final scene of the movie.

    The movie stayed true to the book in most aspects. I just imagined the characters to be portrayed a little differently. The movie version of Daisy seemed extra "backward", or "ditzy"- for lack of better words. Some of her comments made absolutely no sense, and she acted strange toward her cousin Nick. Tom did not appear as bulky in physique, as the book seemed to imply that he was more intimidating and threatening. Nick Carraway is shyer, yet seems to get closer to Miss Jordan Baker in the movie version- just my opinion.

    I also enjoyed the fact that the title of the book - "The Great Gatsby" - is rather ironic itself. The first couple chapters Jay Gatsby is only mentioned in everyone's conversations and rumors spread quickly. Readers do not hear him talk until later. Everyone thinks Jay is leading this fantastic life of happiness with all of his accumulated riches and lavish get-togethers on his back lawn, yet as the story progresses Gatsby is not all he is perceived to be- on many levels. He is a dreamer and his life does not fit together as he and everyone else thinks it does.
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  • Mia was a perfect Daisy
    I loved this movie. The casting was superb, the costumes brilliant, the score fabulous and the story gripping, tragic and faithful to the book. I was not surprised to read that Fitzgerald wrote this book, while based in Paris, because although an essentially American tale it simple reeks of European decadence and obscene, useless excess. I do not believe an American mistress would not squirrel away at least some of the money given to her, if only to leave her husband, or have her hair done. Not since Camille or Nana has a whore/mistress been represented as so stupidly self-destructive, yet this film made it believable. Gatsby reminded me of the heroes of Goethe and Chekov, what a shame!!! what a waste!! and yet he was so American. This Redford portrayed so well, he missed, as was meant, the dour, dark, suicidal tragedy of the European hero, replacing it with the can-do bust-through new-money air even though in the end he was not to be allowed to do so, because of the will-not-be-done-out-of-my-share misguided resentment and ignorance of the cuckolded huband. Daisy however had all the lightness, thoughtlessness and money needed to cause, continue and blithely survive the consequences of her actions. She floated through the film as only Mia could, not looking in the corners, not furnishing the house or checking the doors or burglar alarm, NOT BEING CAREFUL. And whether we feel she was worth it or not - Gatsby would not have had it any other way, nor would Scott Fitzgerald, because, Scott loved Zelda and Gatsby loved Daisy, whatever the cost, even though neither Daisy nor Zelda really cared. CONGRATULATIONS COPPOLA, IT'S UP THERE WITH THE GODFATHER...more info
  • Review for Mr. Yochum - Kaitlyn Buzard
    The 1974 movie of The Great Gatsby was a decent version of the book, but I would not say that it was excellent. First of all, the movie was cast horribly. Tom did not seem like how F. Scott Fitzgerald described him at all. The same happened with Myrtle. Daisy was just plain annoying. Nick was boring and seemed to shy. The only characters in the book that were cast right were Jordan Baker and Gatsby himself.
    I do have to say that the movie did stay true to the book, but there were a few things missing. Nothing extremely important though. The one scene that was different from the book was when Nick met Gatsby for the first time. I did not like how the director changed this part. I also thought it was strange when Gatsby started to throw his shirts around. That was just not how I imagined that scene when I read it in the book. Two other things that I did really enjoy were the costumes and the scenery. The costume seemed very true to the time period and the scenery, especially Gatsby's house was exactly like I imagined. Over-all the movie was not that bad. It was true to the book and a good movie to watch once you have read the book. If casting and the few scenes that were changed are overlooked the movie itself is not that bad.
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  • Period 5- The Great Gatsby
    I thought that the film was a very close representation of the novel. It clearly depicted Fitzgerald's ideas. The cahracters from the book were well represented by the actors. Sam Waterson played Nick very well. He remained simple but was helpful and a good friend. The imperssion you got of Nick in the novel was the same in the film. He was not overly judgmental and basically just an observer. Robert Redford looked and played the part of Jay Gatsby. His semi-deceitful demeanor was clear but not overemphasized. It was interseting that there were some differences with his parts of the movie and the book. They were obvious if you read the book. As for Tom, Bruce Dern was sophisticated, stuck up, hypocritical, jealous, and posessive. He was a perfect imitation of Mr. Buchanon. Even his facial features and posture gave the air of superiority. The actress who played Daisy did a good job of showing Fitzgerald's character's seeming flightiness but somewhat deceptive manner. She was a key actress in the film. Daisy was a very complicated character and would be hard playing her in the movie. I was somewhat thrown off by Jordan's character, however. She was nicer and more honest than I thought she would be. I think that if F Scott Fitzgerald was casting the movie, he would have used the same cast. They understood the character's in the novel and successfully transfered it on screen. The task was hard because they had to put Fitzgerald's written analysis into dialogue throughout the movie....more info
  • Gorgeous movie
    This movie was lovingly made, and it shows in every gorgeous scene. There are some slow moments, but it's a fine adaptation of one of the greatest novels of all time. Redford was made to play Jay Gatsby, the hopeless romantic, and Mia Farrow is picture-perfect as the fickle Daisy Fay Buchanan. ...more info
  • Romance Lives !!
    My husband and I enjoy romance movies. We have a collection that we feel are the best of the best. I remembered at Valentines Day this year that we had talked about trying to find "The Great Gatsby".
    We weren't disappointed- enjoyed every moment....more info
  • Laura Zini Review for Mr. Yochum
    The 1974 Great Gatsby movie is a vivid portrayal of the book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The movie follows the book fairly accurately, with only some deviations from the novel. Robert Redford (Gatsby) and Mia Farrow (Daisy) do an excellent job of representing their characters as described in the book. I was disappointed in the character representation of Myrtle Wilson and Tom Buchanan, but was otherwise pleased with the actors. I liked the actress that played Jordan Baker and the actor that played Nick Carraway, and felt that they stuck to their characters as explained in the book.
    The movie depicts the decade of the 1920s very well. From the costumes to the scenery to the cars, the 1920s is definitely alive in this movie. At Jay Gatsby's parties, you can really see the culture of the 1920s at its fullest. It is interesting to see the "flapper" girls and the Charleston dance steps. Even the hairstyles of the women highly parallel traditional 1920s styles.
    I can't necessarily say that the movie was better than the novel, but then again, that is usually the case with movies made from books. I suggest reading the book first and watching the movie second to reinforce the knowledge gained by it. Overall, the movie is a strong and realistic portrait of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel....more info
  • Maura Lacey Period 8 Reveiw
    The movie version of the Great Gatsby was very similar to the book but better. The movie had alot of the same quotes as the book did and allowed you to get a visual representation of what was going on. My favorite character in the movie was definately Jordan Baker. She was most like the Jordan Baker I imagined when reading the book and was cast perfectly for the movie. She was showed how arrogant all of the people in their society were and definately broght the sense of how rich they were to the movie. Nick was cast good too and he proved to be a good actor. The movie is old but yet it seems as if you are watching a fairly new movie. The scenes at Gatsby's parties are very good and really bring out the feelings of the times. Overall, the movie is really worth seeing. It is definately a lot better than the book. If I were to change one thing, I would like to see mrytle be played by a different actress. Other than that though, it was excellent....more info
  • Gatsby Review
    It is unfortunate that the original is not on DVD yet but this is one of the more colorful versions....more info
  • Wasting time
    If you've read the book, you know how amazing it is - with lots of symbols and puns,and great way of narrating the story, so it must be hard to make a good movie based on it.And this movie is not good at all. It's like some cheap romanse, and even worse, with this flat character of Daisy by Mia Farrow, who seems not to know the difference between "acting" and "pretending".The rest is played not so bad,but Daisy made me so annoyed...I had to watch it at school,and that was the only reason for which I saw the whole film-otherwise I wouldn't make it to the end.The music is horrible,and the photographies - like those of lonely birds on the grass - made me want to commit a crime on the teacher for forcing me to look at something that disgusting.
    So, my piece of advice - you better read the book than watch that crap,or you're gonna break down and never be the same again......more info
  • Sam R-M's thoughts on the Gatsby film
    This interpretation of The Great Gatsby portrayed my view of the setting and of Nick very well. The contrast between Gatsby's house and the Valley of the Ashes enlightened my picture of these places when I read about them. As for the characters, I thought Nick Carraway was performed brilliantly. He was the perfect contrast to self-absorbed high class society and portrayed Nick's sense of quiet akwardness. Tom Buchanan should have been a larger and more intimidating character. It said in the book that his muscles could be seen moving through his clothes and that when he walked into a room he filled the doorway, yet in this movie he appears to be too normally built for a football player. Daisy's character annoyed me, though this may have been done on purpose, and her scenes with Gatsby at his house when they are portrayed "in love" were so cheesy that I could not help but laugh. Overall, however, the movie is a great choice for anyone who is seeking a visual portrayal of The Great Gatsby because it follows the book fairly accurately, though I was not pleased with the absense of Owl Eyes in the film. Samuel Rodgers-Melnick Period 8...more info
  • dear giles, stevie, and yochummm
    Reading the book, then watching the movie helped to clarify some sketchy areas for me. For instance, if I didn't understand a part in the book, watching the movie helped to explain what had happened. As far as characterization goes, some were better than others. Gatsby was just as I imagined as were Nick and Jordan. I felt that the actors who played Gatsby, Nick, and Jordan portrayed F. Scott Fitzgerald's characters in the book. However I was slightly disappointed with Daisy, Myrtle, and Tom. In my opinion, the actor who played Tom didn't seem to fit the part. When I read the book, I pictured Tom to be more controlling and meaner towards Daisy; I also pictured him better looking and tougher than what he was. For me, Myrtle was the worst. In the movie she was kind of dirty and not very attractive. I expected her to have some potential, due to the fact that she was able to catch Tom's eye. Daisy's charcter was not bad, but could have been better. In the book, Daisy seemed to be more intelligent than how she was portrayed in the movie. All together the movie wasnt bad, but it wasn't great, for me it was average. But where this movie did shine was in the costumes and scenery. They both portrayed the twenties well. Overall I felt that the book was better than the movie. Reading the book allowed you to picture the charcters how you wanted and what they looked like, whereas watching the movie you were stuck with how they looked and acted. ...more info
  • Faithful to the book
    I first want to praise this movie on how well it followed the book. It captured the 1920s in a splendid way, and it also captured the essence of the characters portrayed in the book. The actor who played Nick was perfect; he was not a strong character, but was not supposed to be. His mere purpose was to provide the audience with an outside point of view to the lives of the other characters (Daisy, Gatsby, Tom, etc).

    The one complaint I had was the lack of emotion on Redford's part. When I read the book, I just pictured the pained, pinched look on Gatsby's face when he said to Daisy, "You loved me...too?" However, Redford's character was way too wooden....he should have shown at least SOME hurt in his eyes. I think Redford's Gatsby cared as much for Daisy as Daisy did for him.

    Daisy was as obnoxious in the movie as she was in the book. Bravo Mia Farrow! Whether your performance was accidental I dont know, but you hit the shallow, materialistic bimbo bit right on the button. This was all Daisy was, so Farrow was perfect. Only such a shallow person could have that kind of love offered to them and throw it away for money.

    Wilson was the perfect, hapless man who married a woman who doesnt give a crap. However, the Myrtle in the book did not seem as repugnant as the Myrtle in the movie. That lady was nuts!

    Lastly.......notice how none of the pary-goers showed up at Gatsby's funeral. This added to the tragedy, and the superficial, materialistic message of the story. It reveals how so many people will just use others for a fun time, then forget that they exist. It also portrays how, indeed, most people are like this and that Gatsby is a rare find. This rare find, who believed in true love, was lost forever.

    Overall, a decent portrayal.......but you need to read the book to fully appreciate the story....more info

  • can't have the same expectations of a movie
    It most be remembered that F. Scott Fitzgerald was a brilliant novelist and short story writer, but an abysmal screen-writer when he was in Hollywood. Fitzgerald stuck to depressing realism. Yet movies work on sympathetic characterizations. The audience must like the characters. The characters should evoke our empathy.

    Redford, Farrow, Dern were great at capturing the characters as written in the novel. But they weren't compelling enough for a movie. They didn't evoke empathy and were not likeable characters. It works in a novel, but not on film. Or to make it work on film, they needed additions to what the novel provided.

    Another great lack was a question of chemistry. It is hard to conceive of Redford character (because on film that's what the character amounts to) laboring under a lost idealistic love for the Daisy portrayed by Mia Farrow. The two "film" characters lacked believable chemistry and were pitifully boring together in their scenes. Therefore, the writing of the film script should have surpassed the novel. Maybe Faye Dunaway as Daisy would have been a better choice. Dunaway is an actress capable of passion, superficiality and she is well capable of leaving us with a chill. Whereas Farrow's Daisy came off as merely a loser in the marriage stakes, bored with her life and accepting Gatsby's adoration in desperateness to find an escape from her life. Yes, true to the novel, but not enough to carry off the underlying points that Fitzgerald had conveyed in writing. It wasn't only who Daisy was but also how life made her. Farrow's Daisy was too murky and at points wishy-washy without plausible cause. ...more info
  • They just don't make movies like this any more!
    Frankly, I am amazed that the reviews for this exceptional movie version of F. Scott Fitzergerald's masterpiece novel didn't receive 5 stars across the board. The movie depicted his story so well, not like so many where I've had to say: "The book was a lot better than the movie." In this case, however, the movie actually enhanced the book's greatness. Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Lois Chiles, Bruce Dern, Karen Black & Scott Wilson were at their best acting performance and Sam Waterson was ideal as narrator. What more can I say? Perfect casting! Perfect settings! Perfect musical score! The costumes & dress were especially appropriate for the time period making me feel like I was right there among those reveling in the glory of the glamorous roaring 20s. Oh, to have another great movie like this come out in today's world where unfortunately, explicit sex and gross language are the norm. ...more info
  • ALLYO Review for Mr. Yochum
    After watching The Great Gatsby I felt like I had a better understanding of the book. It was helpful because the movie was not distorted from the book's orginal plot. I felt that the book had more details of the scenes that the movie could not be easily portray. And I think that some parts of the movie dragged on because it was so faithful to every detail of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book. I also saw the 2001 version of The Great Gatsby and I liked the 1974 version better because I think it did a better job of capturing the feeling of the 1920s with the new style of living with the different clothes and the contrast between West Egg and East Egg. The casting was just as I imagined it except I thought them to be older than they looked. At first I did not like Jordan Baker and Daisy's voices but it fit their characters who had voices full of money. Overall I enjoyed this movie and I recommend watching this movie after reading the book. ...more info
  • The Great Ghastly
    Despite a beautiful soundtrack (with Nelson Riddle orchestrating variations on Irving Berlin's haunting ballad "What'll I Do?"), this is an almost unwatchable movie, thanks largely to Mia Farrow's excruciating performance as Daisy (she seems to think she's playing Blanche DuBois and boy does she stink). The directing by Jack Clayton doesn't help either --- it's wooden and obvious in its choices and at times the shot set-ups and dissolves are downright ugly. The script is pedestrian, listless and finds no way to deal with the fact that "The Great Gatsby" as a novel gains a lot of its power from Fitzgerald's narrative voice. I've heard stories about the legendary screenplay which was written by Francis Coppola of all people and which supposedly got ruined by director Clayton -- but it seems like hackwork to me; Coppola didn't solve any of the problems in adapting this book into a movie(neither did any of the earlier screen versions). The scene in which Daisy is moved to tears by the sight of Gatsby's beautiful shirts is a textbook case of a scene which works beautifully as a metaphor in the novel but which lies there on the screen like a dead trout. It's really too bad, because Robert Redford in his prime is a perfect choice for Gatsby. And the supporting cast (Sam Waterston, Karen Black and especially Bruce Dern as Tom) would be hard to improve on. My advice to anyone thinking of watching this fiasco -- first, put on a nice recording of "What'll I Do" -- and then sit down and reread the book....more info
  • Yes! The soundtrack is back!
    Years ago, in the VHS days, I rented this movie and was extremely disappointed that all of the music had been altered. Indeed, best musical score and best costume design were the two Academy Awards given for this film. The music simply made the movie in my opinion.

    Although there are no extras on this DVD, the visual quality is good, and I'm just glad that the dispute over the musical score was resolved. Nelson Riddle's musical masterpieces are back and a pleasure to listen to. I remember that the soundtrack was released back in the 1970's on 8-track tape. Now, if we could just get a CD of the soundtrack released, all would be well regarding this wonderful movie....more info
  • MR M
    The movie version of The Great Gatsby, was very concise with the book. I was surprised that the lines were said word for word. It made the book become real, and I was finally able to see certain places that I couldn't picture in my head while reading the book. I believe that while the settings and events were accurate some of the actors that played their character could have been chosen better to fit the part.
    The performance of Nick played by Paul Rudd did an excellent job with his character. In the book I was always picturing Nick to be this man that was relatively quiet, boring, and the most normal of all the Great Gatsby characters. In the movie that's exactly what he played. He did a good job looking very glum throughout the book, and I believed his character very much.
    As for Gatsby, who was played by Toby Stephens, I feel they could have found someone that would have played the part better. I pictured a character that looked older, and wasn't so perfect looking, (hair, teeth, etc.). I just feel that he didn't play up to his role, and when he spoke I didn't feel as though the movie was as real anymore, because I don't think he fit the character. I also think it could be due to the fact that finding an actor for the role of Gatsby would be difficult because Gatsby is such a hard character to play.
    The movies accuracy to the book was extremely concise, and fitting. I totally believed it, and the director, (Robert Markowitz) did an excellent job keeping things parallel with the book, instead of putting a Hollywood spin on things. The characters were mostly played well and were accurate with the exception of Tom, whom I thought would be a much heavier and stouter character, and Myrtle, whom, I thought would have more beauty to her than she did. Even though she played such a small role, I though that Tom and Daisy's little girl would have been a blonde haired cute little thing, and turned out to have brownish/blackish WILD curly hair. Of course Gatsby, who I felt didn't fit his character well at all.
    The production of the film was very well done. The settings and places in the book were extremely concise in matching up with the book. The tone and the feel of the movie were well done also. The book, to me, felt dark and depressing, and surprisingly enough the movie gave off that vibe too....more info
  • Brandon Schneider, 6th Period, Mr. Yochum
    The movie version of the Great Gatsby did an excellent job of sticking to the plot of the book. It used a lot of the dialogue from the book and changed very few major themes of the story. Also, the movie does a great job of enabling the viewer to get a feel for the 1920's. Between the wardrobe, the cars, Gatsby's parties and the dancing, it is hard not to fall in love with the roaring 20's thanks to this movie.
    One area where I felt that this movie was lacking was the casting of the characters. I believe that having Sam Waterson as Nick Carroway did not fit the movie very well. I felt Robert Redford was an excellent Gatsby and also may have been a better Nick than Waterson. One character that was clearly cast very well was Jordan Baker. Miss Baker is gorgeous in the movie and plays the part perfectly. The casting of the movie was not extraordinary but overall this movie is decently interesting. The book is definitly better but the movie helps to visualize the book....more info
  • Excess of form.
    The novel by F.S.Fitzgerald seemed to be a very good basic for a successful adaptation. It is a truthful and insightful picture of the 1920's America. However experienced the team creating a movie may be though, it appeared to be very hard to express the meaning of the novel and come up to it.
    "The great Gatsby" from the year 1974 with good reason was prized for the music and costumes. The realism and a very detailed way of preparing marvelous parties at Gatsby's place, colorful and beautiful costumes, the bands rendering the atmosphere of the Jazz Age; all of this was really taking my breath away. The director Jack Clayton and Nelson Riddle responsible for the music disserve a huge applause for an enormous piece of work they did. But, what I regret to admit, this is actually all that the movie can offer.
    The film is very faithful towards the novel and uses a lot of quotations to be as close to the general sense as possible. Unfortunately, it is not very much thought-out and lacks of the deeper message that Fitzgerald's text undoubtedly has. The characters are rather flat and some of the important themes omitted.
    In my opinion the best performance gave Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway. That was the only round character in the movie, with almost all the meanings he had in the novel. The most annoying actress was Mia Farrow as Daisy. Her voice and the way of acting could really get on the audience' nerves. She created Daisy as a thoughtless, a little bit insane girl. She some how showed only the outer side of this character without really becoming and understanding Daisy.
    I am also very much disappointed with the Robert Redford's acting. Of course, he took care of the general impression of Gatsby being a newly reach and, in a way, conceited loner. He looked very well never sweating like the rest and looking at Daisy with the real desire, bitterness and longing. But, in my opinion, at the time he lacked the maturity needed for creating such a complicated character.
    After reading "The great Gatsby" I was expecting much more from the movie. And, as I wrote above, it can only impress the audience with its splendor. I cannot call it a successful movie because of the superficiality....more info
  • fabulous !
    This product arrived to me in a timely fashion. The quality was great. I really appreciated the time and care which went into shipping this object. Thank thank you many times over....more info
  • Forsaking substance for style, resulting in a rather hollow attempt at Fitzgerald...
    A lavish cast, impeccable landscape, flawless costumes, a classic novel, Frances Ford Coppola (at the writer's desk); recipe for success, right? Well, I thought so too, but when all was said and done, `The Great Gatsby' appeared as nothing more than a pretty picture. It is void of any real character development, casting aside the heart of the films central cast for the likes of pretty dresses, snazzy suits and beautiful music. Sure, `The Great Gatsby' isn't all bad, but it surely isn't `great'.

    The story is your classic love triangle. Daisy is married to Tom. Tom is unfaithful, giving the majority of his love to Myrtle, who is the unhappy housewife of the poor George. Daisy at one time was in love with Jay, who also happened to be poor, and so when he went off to the war she married Tom, who is not poor. Now Jay is back, and he is rather wealthy, and so Daisy begins her affair with him. All of this is seen and observed by Nick, Daisy's cousin and Jay's neighbor, who just so happens to narrate the story for us; the audience.

    What is sad about this adaptation is that the story really doesn't unveil itself to be anything deeper than what I just typed in the above paragraph. There is little more that is embellished in regards to the core of these relationships. Everything appears as mere surface. It's there simply to justify having a film made, the focus being more on the flashy costumes and splendid musical arrangements.

    One aspect of the film that does work in it's favor is the acting, especially by the supporting cast. Robert Redford and Mia Farrow are nice to look at, and Farrow does have some nicely crafted moments, but for the most part they are the least interesting characters and the least impressive actors. Redford is always someone who bores me (except in a few films, like `The Sting') and so I wasn't surprised at the fact that he left me cold and distant here. Farrow has her moments, but she also has a lot of stiff scenes. Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston and the ravishing Lois Chiles are a different story though. Dern is amazing as Tom, the coldhearted husband to Daisy; and Black just ignites as his lover. Chiles is probably my favorite here, her distilled sensuality just entices me to keep watching her. Sam Waterston was the perfect choice for Nick, for he has this almost chilled demeanor that makes for a worthy observer. You can see him judging, if only from a distance, and thus he allows us to grasp what he sees without manipulating our own feelings.

    So, I'd recommend this for the stellar performances and crisp visuals alone, but if you are looking for a film that will stimulate you mentally as well as visually then you might want to look elsewhere. It is a truly tragic and moving story, but this film adaptation doesn't capture that as well as it should have....more info
  • Better than the Book
    I loved this film. It just seemed perfect in every way... the cinematography and integration of visuals, musical score (DVD--Nelson Riddle), narration, sets, costuming, casting. And it was tremendously moving and brought out the sociological themes as well as the theme of Gatsby's hopelessly romantic nature. Fitzgerald just hated that rich guys could buy the most desirable (though empty) girls. I commented to a friend that I was surprised that an American director could make such a powerful, intelligent film. Then I found out the director was British. That explains it!...more info
  • Jeana DeNardo pd 8 English
    The Great Gatsby movie directed by Robert Redford was everything that I pictured the Great Gatsby to be. The characters at times were a little over the edge, but the setting and the props used depicted the 1920's perfectly. Gatsby in the movie was perfect for the part along with Nick, but I did not think that the character that played Tom was what I pictured from the book. Over all the movie was what I pictured when I read the Great Gatsby and was very enjoyable to watch....more info
    It reached by even three though only one was ordered.
    The order for the cancellation was disregarded.
    It resents it very much.
    It wants it according to returned goods. ...more info