The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

DVD - 2012
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Jay Gatsby is a man possessed--driven by greed, ambition and, most of all, an unwavering desire for a woman he met before the Great War, when he was poor and she was unobtainable. F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece is an extraordinary journey into the heart of the American Dream and out the other side, where the spoils of success do not always suffice. This lively and lavish adaptation from A & E captures the heady swirl of the Jazz Age in all its excess and decadence. As Gatsby reinvents himself in an attempt to buy his way into the social elite of Long Island's Gold Coast, he yearns to rekindle his romance with the woman who stole his heart years before. But when the chance finally arrives, a shadow of tragedy is cast over what Gatsby long-imagined would be his triumphant moment. The Great Gatsby is a mesmerizing, tangled tale of wealth and entitlement, love and longing.

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ChinosMom
Apr 24, 2017

I have been re-watching all these Great Gatsby movies to compare one from the other. The one with Alan Ladd is the one truest to the book, flashbacks and all; the one with Robert Redford is great for the '20's dance and song craze. This one seems to be lacking the glamour of the parties, but I like Nick Carraway in this version. Toby Stephens doesn't appeal to me as Jay Gatsby here. But, still a good version to watch.

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glenna14
May 27, 2016

This version is terrible. Decent actors but the directing is poor. I would not recommend this version.

NewYorkViews Nov 14, 2014

This was quite excellent as this Great Gatsby starring Mira Sorvino, Toby Stephens, and Paul Rudd comes across like a classic PBS version of the book. The acting is really cool, and the film would have ben better if the makeup job on Daisy would have been better--sometimes she looks like a worrier or older, and in one dress she looks like she has a fat stomach. Most of the time she is quite excellent. This is different than the Robert Redford, Mia Farrow version that is more grand Hollywood style. This version is much better than the version L. DiCaprio starred in.

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hecto
Aug 27, 2014

Didn't make it beyond 45 minutes. The best thing that can be said about this made-for-TV version is that it reminds us (by contrast) of just how good Robert Redford, Bruce Dern and Sam Waterston were in the 1974 film.

sofie_6 Sep 25, 2013

thanks for everything

Shsunon Jun 27, 2013

Very well done!!

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quilbilly
Jun 05, 2013

Please note that this is NOT the Leonardo DiCaprio film; this is an A&E TV movie.

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Marcell_Murray
Dec 08, 2012

I was enthralled into this movie when I first saw it. The music was so compelling and the Theme for it was so-Gatsby, it was like HIS theme. He was incredibly cool and made it seem like everything happened, step-by-step. Gatsby IS Cool, and he invented turning around.-so Simple, right?! :)
5/5 STARS! I wonder how the 2012 version will turn out. Will Leonardo Dicaprio be able to portray The Great Gatsby as Great and can spider-man-ops, I mean Peter-I mean Tobey Maguire preform Nick like he should? We'll see soon! ;)

mrsgail5756 Nov 04, 2012

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 19, 2012

A good screen adaptation of the book. Well acted and well directed. A compelling story of love and obsession, and the tragic consequences that ensued.

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Marcell_Murray
Dec 08, 2012

Gatsby to Nick: "It's the funniest thing old sport. I, cant-----, when I try to-----" (Quietly chuckles to himself as he is overwhelmed with joy and happiness).

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mbazal
May 21, 2010

"...with every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room."

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mbazal
May 21, 2010

mbazal thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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mbazal
May 21, 2010

“The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time where gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession, it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s."

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mbazal
May 21, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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