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Gone with the Wind

  • Drama
  • 1939
  • Victor Fleming
  • 224 mins
  • PG

Summary

A resourceful plantation heiress struggles to support herself through a series of challenges during the chaos of the American Civil War and the subsequent restoration, all the while maintaining a tumultuous relationship with a roguish Southern gentleman. Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's novel, starring Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland and Hattie McDaniel.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Scarlett O'HaraVivien Leigh
Rhett ButlerClark Gable
Ashley WilkesLeslie Howard
Melanie HamiltonOlivia de Havilland
MammyHattie McDaniel
Gerald O'HaraThomas Mitchell
Ellen O'HaraBarbara O'Neil
Aunt "Pittypat" HamiltonLaura Hope Crews
Dr MeadeHarry Davenport
Belle WatlingOna Munson
Suellen O'HaraEvelyn Keyes
Careen O'HaraAnn Rutherford
PrissyButterfly McQueen
India WilkesAlicia Rhett
Big SamEverett Brown
Uncle PeterEddie "Rochester" Anderson
Charles HamiltonRand Brooks
Frank KennedyCarroll Nye
Dolly MerriwetherJane Darwell
Maybelle MerriwetherMary Anderson
Emmy SlatteryIsabel Jewell
Jonas WilkersonVictor Jory
Bonnie Blue ButlerCammie King
John WilkesHoward Hickman
Stuart TarletonGeorge Reeves
Caroline MeadeLeona Roberts
Beau WilkesMickey Kuhn
Johnny GallagherJ M Kerrigan
Cathleen CalvertMarcella Martin
ElijahZack Williams
Rene PicardAlbert Morin
Fanny ElsingTerry Shero
Old LeviWilliam McClain
Yankee deserterPaul Hurst

Crew

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DirectorVictor Fleming
DirectorGeorge Cukor
DirectorSam Wood
DirectorWilliam Cameron Menzies
DirectorSidney Franklin

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2013-11-22
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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