Gone with the Wind

  • PG
  • Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood, William Cameron Menzies, Sidney Franklin (1939)
  • US
  • 224 min
Gone with the Wind
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Running to nearly four hours and boasting at least three directors, this epic American Civil War romantic drama is more of a symbol of the Hollywood studio system than a mere movie. Forever dividing critics, it will remain an audience favourite for all time. A war picture with a beating female heart, thanks to the bestselling source novel by Margaret Mitchell, it was, in 1939, the most expensive film ever made: $4 million, and the money is up there on the screen in impressive set pieces such as the burning of Atlanta and the shot where the camera pulls back to reveal a vast carpet of wounded Confederate soldiers. But the key is Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara, a wilful but resourceful southern heroine (designed to inspire women as America readied for the Second World War) who's destined to meet her match in Clark Gable's raffish Rhett Butler. Where's the slavery, you could ask. But this isn't a history lesson, it's a love story, and one of the best.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's epic novel, set against the bloodshed and turmoil of the American Civil War, starring Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland. As the war rages on, roguish Rhett Butler and wilful southern belle Scarlett O'Hara become passionately involved.

Cast and crew

Cast

Scarlett O'Hara
Vivien Leigh
Rhett Butler
Clark Gable
Ashley Wilkes
Leslie Howard
Melanie Hamilton
Olivia de Havilland
Mammy
Hattie McDaniel
Gerald O'Hara
Thomas Mitchell
Ellen O'Hara
Barbara O'Neil
Aunt "Pittypat" Hamilton
Laura Hope Crews
Dr Meade
Harry Davenport
Belle Watling
Ona Munson
Suellen O'Hara
Evelyn Keyes
Careen O'Hara
Ann Rutherford
Prissy
Butterfly McQueen
India Wilkes
Alicia Rhett
Big Sam
Everett Brown
Uncle Peter
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson
Charles Hamilton
Rand Brooks
Frank Kennedy
Carroll Nye
Dolly Merriwether
Jane Darwell
Maybelle Merriwether
Mary Anderson
Emmy Slattery
Isabel Jewell
Jonas Wilkerson
Victor Jory
Bonnie Blue Butler
Cammie King
John Wilkes
Howard Hickman
Stuart Tarleton
George Reeves
Caroline Meade
Leona Roberts
Beau Wilkes
Mickey Kuhn
Johnny Gallagher
J M Kerrigan
Cathleen Calvert
Marcella Martin
Elijah
Zack Williams
Rene Picard
Albert Morin
Fanny Elsing
Terry Shero
Old Levi
William McClain
Yankee deserter
Paul Hurst

Crew

Director
Victor Fleming
Director
George Cukor
Director
Sam Wood
Director
William Cameron Menzies
Director
Sidney Franklin

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
BFI
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 22 Nov 2013
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama