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Awesome: 20%
Worth A Look: 11.43%
Average: 17.14%
Pretty Bad: 8.57%
Total Crap42.86%

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Great Gatsby, The (1974)
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by dionwr

"What a piece of shit!"
1 stars

John Huston once said that 90% of directing is casting. "The Great Gatsby" seems determined to prove the point by mis-casting every possible role.

For example, Gatsby, if you haven't read the book, is a dark man of mystery, with a really hard edge. Rumors and speculation abound about his gangster connections, and possibly dark past. To do it right, you'd need to find a face the audience has never seen before. Think a young Sean Connery, with Robert DeNiro's intensity. They cast Robert Redford. That's like casting Kevin Costner as Robin Hood.

Daisy, the woman he loves, is the greatest beauty and most mesmerizing woman any of them know. If you got the looks of Greta Garbo and the upper-class charisma of Katharine Hepburn together, you might just have a crack at it. They cast Mia Farrow. I actually like her a lot, but boy, was she wrong for this part.

Tom Buchanon is a frat-boy, athlete, captain of the football team and voted "most likely to succeed." Might have been a good role for Ed Norton or Matt Damon. They cast Bruce Dern.

I could go on, but why bother? Yes, the screenplay (by a young Francis Coppola) was terrific, and yes, they spent a ton of money on producing it. Yes, the photography was exceptional.

But if you never believe any major character at any time, WHO CARES?

Add to that a pace that resembles embalming, and you have a real turkey.

Don't be fooled--this movie is CRAP.

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User Comments

6/21/09 dick trombley Such interesting mixed reviews. 9/1 star; 2/2 stars, 6/3, 3/4, and 7/5. Beautiful! 4 stars
3/02/08 mr.mike The cast makes it watchable , 3.5 stars. 3 stars
10/18/07 Karl Don't believe the nay-sayers! I love the book and this movie. 5 stars
5/24/07 V.VF footage: typical 70s. Acting: bad in any era. Read the book and be happy 1 stars
5/16/07 Kristylee Terrible terrible terrible! that's all I can say 1 stars
4/27/05 moviesamurai just too average 3 stars
11/13/04 gus jiggins I'm not going to lie, this was a pretty terrible movie 1 stars
5/25/04 Elisabeth it is crap, what the hell were they thinking when it was made 1 stars
4/06/04 michelle they make Fitzgerald look bad 2 stars
1/25/04 Fonda This Stunning theatrical experience. The 18K meaninglessness is the theme of the film. 5 stars
10/25/03 John Rechtfertig Superb film; excellent interpretation of Fitzgerals's book, excellent cast 5 stars
10/23/03 meisterlampe hmm naja 2 stars
8/12/03 Nazaha it's ok.. kinda sad, didn't like the ending 4 stars
7/23/03 Kranz crap! 1 stars
3/18/03 myrna baxter faithful to the book 3 stars
3/03/03 kim do youn excellent film - every character perfectly cast! 5 stars
2/28/03 P-Tricky Move Over "SuperStar", The Great Gatsby just took my #1 Spot for "Worst Movie Ever" 1 stars
2/13/03 Marcia Dumptruck ok ok the movie is v. stinky, but read the book (fitzgerald, when he gets it right is fab) 2 stars
1/30/03 jeff perfect casting all around. 5 stars
1/16/03 LWL Robert Reford is the hottest old guy I've ever seen! 5 stars
1/14/03 Rami Zahran Th movie was of a good quality and is so coherent with the events of the novel. 3 stars
12/22/02 Pigwidgeon A great film -- there's way too much hipster scorn 'round here. 5 stars
12/07/02 I agree. Two pretty people in one hell of a crappy film!!! 1 stars
12/03/02 Joseph Kettering Matt Damon was 4 and Norton was 5 when this film was released 4 stars
12/02/02 Tephor Z. Trustbar You said it, dionwr - this is one of the worst movies ever made. Absolutely awful 1 stars
4/28/02 Butterbean Mia Farrow is a horrible actress. Welch was right about it not translating to a movie well 3 stars
2/12/02 R.W. Welch OK, but this book does not translate especially well to the screen. 3 stars
4/25/01 J Farrow didn't seem "Weiss" enough although this was good. 4 stars
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  02-Apr-1974 (PG)



Directed by
  Jack Clayton

Written by
  Francis Ford Coppola

  Robert Redford
  Mia Farrow
  Bruce Dern
  Karen Black
  Scott Wilson
  Sam Waterston

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