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The Last Tycoon (1976)

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writers:

F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Monroe Stahr
Tony Curtis ... Rodriguez
Robert Mitchum ... Pat Brady
Jeanne Moreau ... Didi
Jack Nicholson ... Brimmer
Donald Pleasence ... Boxley
Ray Milland ... Fleishacker
Dana Andrews ... Red Ridingwood
Ingrid Boulting ... Kathleen Moore
Peter Strauss ... Wylie
Theresa Russell ... Cecilia Brady
Tige Andrews ... Popolos
Morgan Farley ... Marcus
John Carradine ... Tour Guide
Jeff Corey ... Doctor
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Storyline

Young film producer, Monroe Stahr, is a rising star in 1930's Hollywood due to his ability to get anything he envisions done even if it means breaking a few rules. The latest film he's working on stars two popular actors, Rodriguez and Didi, and everyone is sure it'll be a smashing hit when it's done. The times are changing however, since the first guilds and unions are being formed in Hollywood, but Stahr is still sticking to his old ways of doing things in spite of that. His main opponent becomes a union organizer, Brimmer, but Stahr finds ways to deal with him as well. However, in his hubris, Stahr crosses one red line too many when he falls for a young troubled engaged woman called Kathleen Moore and neglects Cecilia Brady, the young daughter of studio executive and Stahr's boss, Pat Brady. Pat becomes furious over this as well as Stahr's other misbehavings and makes it his mission to take Stahr down. Due to all the pressure, Stahr's health starts failing as well. The film is ...

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He has the power to make anyone's dream come true... except his own.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Tycoon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,819,912
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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Spiegel said about the film, "The greatest young actor America today is Robert De Niro, the greatest living director is Elia Kazan, and I may be the greatest producer of all time. How the hell could we make such a bad fucking movie?" See more »

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When Robert De Nero as Stahr enters his residence for the first time, he refers to his Butler as "Kino", which is the actor's real last name. See more »

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Monroe Stahr: I don't think I have more brains than a writer, I just think that his brains belong to me.
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Remade as The Last Tycoon (2016) See more »

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Love Is Just Around the Corner
Music by Lewis E. Gensler
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Fitzgerald's romance turned arctic
19 March 1999 | by matt-201See all my reviews

Fitzgerald's unfinished novel about the romantic yearnings of an Irving Thalberg-like mogul (Robert DeNiro) is turned into the screenwriter Harold Pinter's stock in trade: a sphinxlike ballet of omitted information. The mixture of Pinter's ellipsis-strewn dialogue rhythms and the coarseness of the Old Hollywood setting gives the picture a strange, detached mood--cryptic, teasing, vaguely dislikable. DeNiro would nail this sewed-up-kingpin character two decades later in Scorsese's CASINO; here, whether through youthful inexperience or Pinter's deletions, he's remote and untantalizing. The punch of Fitzgerald's story--the hyperefficient chief's destruction through a search for the love he never found--never lands, because Pinter has drawn the character as a pinched, uncommunicative stick who seems to have no inner life. (It doesn't help that the director, Elia Kazan, seems unsure if he wants to communicate that DeNiro's love interest, Ingrid Boulting, is either a vapid lump or a pornographic doll.) Pinter designs most of the scenes to have anti-payoffs; in one--DeNiro's counsel to a panicky, impotent movie star (Tony Curtis)--he seems to have carefully tailored a joke with no punchline. With Theresa Russell, who gives the best performance as the Big Boss' daughter, and Jack Nicholson, in one of his finest tiny-role performances as a strangely fastidious union organizer. Also with Robert Mitchum, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Seymour Cassel, Jeff Corey, and an extremely young, haunted-looking Anjelica Huston.


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