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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, 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.

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 Rosecliffmarker and Marble Housemarker mansions in Newport, Rhode Islandmarker, were used for Gatsby's house, and scenes at the Buchanan's home were filmed at Pinewood Studiosmarker in Buckinghamshire, England. One driving scene was shot in Windsor Great Parkmarker, UK. Other scenes were filmed in New York Citymarker, and Uxbridge, Massachusettsmarker.


The movie was received well by a few, not noteworthy critics, with the majority of critics panning the movie for Mia Farrow's fake accent and overacting, as well as the excessively awkward silent scenes between Daisy and Gatsby.


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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