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The Great Gatsby

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack Clayton
Produced by David Merrick
Written by Novel
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Screenplay
Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Robert Redford
Mia Farrow
Bruce Dern
Karen Black
Scott Wilson
Sam Waterston
Lois Chiles
Music by Nelson Riddle
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Editing by Tom Priestly
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) March 29, 1974
Running time 144 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6.5 million
Gross revenue $20,563,273

The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Jack Clayton and produced by David Merrick, from a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola based on the novel of the same title by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The film stars Robert Redford in the title role of Jay Gatsby, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston as the viewpoint character, and Lois Chiles with Howard Da Silva, Roberts Blossom, and Edward Herrmann. Patsy Kensit, aged 6, appears in her second film role (her first being in For the Love of Ada in 1972), while Tom Ewell's (uncredited) minor role was edited out of the published version of the film.

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Background and production

The film is the 3rd filmed version of the novel. The previous two, also made by Paramount, were

The rights to the novel were purchased in 1971 by Robert Evans so that his then-wife, Ali MacGraw, could play Daisy. Other actresses considered for the role were Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen, Natalie Wood, Katharine Ross, Lois Chiles, Cybill Shepherd, and Mia Farrow. After MacGraw left Evans for Steve McQueen, Farrow was cast as Daisy and Chiles was given the role of Jordan. Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, and Steve McQueen were all considered for the role of Gatsby, but they were rejected or declined the offer. Beatty wanted to direct producer Evans as Gatsby, and Nicholson didn't think that MacGraw was right for the role of Daisy, who was still attached when he was approached. Farrow was pregnant during the shooting, and the film was shot with her wearing loose, flowing dresses and in tight close-ups.

Truman Capote was the original screenwriter, but he was replaced by Francis Ford Coppola. On his commentary track for The Godfather DVD, Coppola makes reference to writing the Gatsby script at the time, though he comments: "Not that the director paid any attention to it. The script that I wrote did not get made."

The Rosecliff and Marble House mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, were used for Gatsby's house, and scenes at the Buchanan's home were filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England. One driving scene was shot in Windsor Great Park, UK. Other scenes were filmed in New York City, and Uxbridge, Massachusetts.

Reception

Based on 26 total reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating from critics of 38%, with an average score of 4.8/10.[1]

Cast

Awards and nominations

The film won two Academy Awards, for Best Costume Design (Theoni V. Aldredge) and Best Music (Nelson Riddle). It also won three BAFTA Awards for Best Art Direction (John Box), Best Cinematography (Douglas Slocombe) and Best Costume Design (Theoni V. Aldredge). It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Karen Black) and received three further nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Bruce Dern and Sam Waterston) and Most Promising Newcomer (Sam Waterston).

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