The Great Gatsby (1974)


(out of 5)

This production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved American novel was so overly hyped up before its theatrical release it’s no wonder it was such a disappointment (Gatsby vacuum cleaners were on the market to coincide with is release).  Even without all this noise, the film couldn’t have gone too far with audiences; it’s a bone-dry, shallow adaptation of the novel featuring uninteresting characters and a bland lead performance by Robert RedfordSam Waterston plays a Long Island newcomer who is fascinated by his mysterious landlord (Redford), a rich man who throws lavish parties on a regular basis on the hopes of reuniting with a former flame (Mia Farrow in a spirited performance). The music is beautifully scored and the costumes flawlessly executed, but the pace is sluggish and the entire experience is an outright bore.


USA, 1974

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1974

Golden Globe Awards 1974

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