Vivian Leigh stars as Scarlett O'Hara, the ORIGINAL Power-Hungry Bitch.She marries for money. She marries for status. She sleeps around to save her family plantation. When one husband dies, she'll mourn for maybe a few days, then drop her grieving the instant a handsome, rich man catches her eye. Yep, all the hotties in Dallas, Dynasty, 90210, Melrose Place et al. have nothing on Scarlett, the grandmama of all those Class "A" Beeeeeeotch roles.
Scarlett's chief objet de luste is Ashley (Leslie Howard), a Confederate soldier (oh yeah, this takes place in Georgia during the Civil War and Reconstruction). She'd be riding his johnson in a minute if he didn't already have a wife (Olivia de Havilland). And as Scarlett schemes to jump Ashley's bones, she gets involved with an equally shady character, Rhett Butler (Clark "Don't Call Me Gomez Addams" Gable). Rhett and Scarlett seem to be made for each other... if only she'd quit jonesing for Ashley. Hattie McDaniel also stars as the plantation's loyal and outspoken housemaid.
Gone-heads have always been fervent and passionate about their beloved film (chief among them my ex-wife). And who can blame them? After 60 years, Gone With The Wind still holds up excellently as a compelling and charming drama. Vivian plays Scarlett with a delightful nastiness. Clark gives his role an equally scathing and seductive tone. Everything - the directing, the scenic shots, the action, the music - is magnificently done (for a late-thirties film, anyway). This is one classic that's still classy.And if you don't care for it, well... Southern man don't need you around, anyhow.