April 23, 2013
Warner Home Video
- Runtime: 143 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
Adapted for the screen by Coppola from Fitzgerald's 1925 masterpiece about a handsome and enigmatic millionaire. Though he has always been in love with the same woman, now that he can afford her, she's married to a boorish philanderer. A richly successful evocation of the Jazz Age, but the performers wear the period detail like a heavy winter coat on an Indian summer day.
Copyright held by the Newdon Company.
Color by Rank and TVC; shot in Panavision in the UK.
The young child, Pamela Buchanan, was played by British actress Patsy Kensit, better known for her roles in "Absolute Beginners" and "Lethal Weapon 2."
Sound editor Terry Rawlings also served as the technical consultant.
Rest of the cast included: Elliot Sullivan (Wilson's Friend); John Devlin (Gatsby's Bodyguard) and Janet and Louise Arters (The Twins).
Budget was over $6 million.
This was the third version of "The Great Gatsby" produced by Paramount. The first was made in 1926, just one year after the book's publication, Herbert Brenon directed and adapted the book and Becky Gordner did the script. Warner Baxter played Gatsby, Loris Wilson was Daisy, Hale Hamilton was Tom, Georgia Hale played Myrtle Wilson, William Powell was Scott Wilson. Neil Hamilton played Nick Caroway. The second version was made in 1949 by director Elliot Nugent.