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The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 10 May 2013 (USA)
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A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

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Weeping / Singing Woman
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Emmanuel Ekwenski ...
Jazz Player
Eden Falk ...
Mr. McKee
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An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. Written by Anonymous

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...there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language | See all certifications »

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El gran Gatsby  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,085,184, 12 May 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$144,840,419

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,040,419
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Trivia

The Long Island Gatsby bears a strong resemblance to "Beacon Towers", a mansion built by Alva Vanderbilt Belmont and at one point owned by Millicent Hearst, the estranged wife of William Randolph Hearst. Beacon Towers was located in Sands Point, NY. This mansion was actually located in the books equivalent of "West Egg" and has long been suggested as the Gatsby model. The mansion was torn down in 1945 after being sold in 1942. See more »

Goofs

A Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex camera is seen being used to take photographs. The earliest Rolleiflex TLR was invented in 1929 (and the one seen in the movie was made many years later). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick Carraway: In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice. "Always try to see the best in people," he would say. As a consequence, I'm inclined to reserve all judgements. But even I have a limit.
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Crazy Credits

Jay Gatsby's flower symbol is shown throughout the credits with different letters in place of the 'JG'. The 3rd to last flower, preceding the music section, has 'JZ' in it (an homage to the film's soundtrack producer Jay Z. The last flower has the movie's traditional 'JG' in it. See more »

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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

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Back to Black
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"I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity."
10 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

I watched this film with a sort of tender curiosity.

It was deliciously excessive and exaggerated, as expected from a Baz Luhrmann production. Leonardo DiCaprio made Gatsby his own ("Old spor'!") while retaining a feeling of familiarity. The screenplay was a faithful adaptation and even helped me understand some of the novel's themes more clearly. And though you'd think hearing dubstep during the Jazz Age would be jarring, the soundtrack worked very well.

But I couldn't love it. And it's (mostly) Tobey Maguire's fault.

Gatsby loomed so large in the original story that it's not hard to forget all about Nick. But it can be argued, and often is, that it was Nick and not Gatsby who was the protagonist of the novel. Fitgerald's story, told from Nick's first-person point of view, was only as good as Nick's narration; Gatsby was only so great because Nick viewed him that way.

Unfortunately, Maguire fell completely flat in his role as narrative guide. There was always so much else going on and so much of Luhrmann's dreamscape to absorb that Maguire seemed to get lost in it all. And — with him — so did the viewer. Without a strong presence from Maguire, Nick was relegated from having a role as interpreter of events to being just another character (and a rather unimportant one at that).

Luhrmann tried to maintain Nick's narrative frame by having him tell the story — first as a patient speaking to his doctor at a sanitarium, then as a writer trying to explain his grief through prose. But those scenes came across (at best) as heavy-handed expository or (at worst) as Maguire's uninspired take on an abridged audiobook version of "The Great Gatsby."

I wanted to love this film. I really did. It had so many wonderful qualities. But with no Nick (only a Tobey) to help make sense of the people and events, "angry, and half in love with {it}, and tremendously sorry, I turned away."


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