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Gone With the Wind Details


Gone With the Wind boils down to a story about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man. Producer David O. Selznick managed to expand this concept, and Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, into nearly four hours' worth of screen time, on a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, creating what would become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Gone With the Wind opens in April of 1861, at the palatial Southern estate of Tara, where Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) hears that her casual beau Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) plans to marry "mealy mouthed" Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland). Despite warnings from her father (Thomas Mitchell) and her faithful servant Mammy (Hattie McDaniel), Scarlett intends to throw herself at Ashley at an upcoming barbecue at Twelve Oaks. Alone with Ashley, she goes into a fit of histrionics, all of which is witnessed by roguish Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), the black sheep of a wealthy Charleston family, who is instantly fascinated by the feisty, thoroughly self-centered Scarlett: "We're bad lots, both of us." The movie's famous action continues from the burning of Atlanta (actually the destruction of a huge wall left over from Clark Gable) through the now-classic closing line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Holding its own against stiff competition (many consider 1939 to be the greatest year of the classical Hollywood studios), Gone With the Wind won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). The film grossed nearly 192 million dollars, assuring that, just as he predicted, Selznick's epitaph would be "The Man Who Made Gone With the Wind." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 17, 1940


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Johns Best Special Effects 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Cameron Menzies Honorary and Other Awards 1939 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clark Gable Best Actor 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ernest Haller Best Color Cinematography 1939 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hattie McDaniel Best Supporting Actress 1939 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lyle Wheeler Best Art Direction 1939 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Max Steiner Best Original Score 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Olivia de Havilland Best Supporting Actress 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Rennahan Best Color Cinematography 1939 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Victor Fleming Best Director 1939 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vivien Leigh Best Actress 1939 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Vivien Leigh Best Actress 1939 Winner
National Board of Review Vivien Leigh Best Acting 1940 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sidney Howard Best Screenplay 1939 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hal Kern Best Editing 1939 Winner


Clark Gable
as Rhett Butler
Vivien Leigh
as Scarlett O'Hara
Leslie Howard
as Ashley Wilkes
Olivia de Havilland
as Melanie Hamilton
Hattie McDaniel
as Mammy
Thomas Mitchell
as Gerald O'Hara
Barbara O'Neil
as Ellen, his wife
Evelyn Keyes
as Suellen O'Hara
Ann Rutherford
as Careen O'Hara
George Reeves
as Stuart Tarleton
Oscar Polk
as Pork
Butterfly McQueen
as Prissy
Victor Jory
as Jonas Wilkerson
Howard Hickman
as John Wilkes
Alicia Rhett
as India Wilkes
Rand Brooks
as Charles Hamilton
Carroll Nye
as Frank Kennedy
Laura Hope Crews
as Aunt "Pittypat" Hamilton
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson
as Uncle Peter
Harry Davenport
as Dr. Meade [At The Bazaar In Atlanta]
Jane Darwell
as Dolly Merriwether [At The Bazaar In Atlanta]
Mary Anderson
as Maybelle Merriwether
Ona Munson
as Belle Watling
Ward Bond
as Tom, a Yankee Captain
Cammie King
as Bonnie Blue Butler
Mickey Kuhn
as Beau Wilkes
Paul Hurst
as The Yankee Deserter
Isabel Jewell
as Emmy Slattery
Yakima Canutt
as Renegade
Zack Williams
as Elijah
Marcella Martin
as Cathleen Calvert
Jackie Moran
as Phil Meade
Leona Roberts
as Mrs. Caroline Meade
Alberto Morin
as René Picard
William McClain
as Old Levi
Lee Phelps
as Bartender
Irving Bacon
as The Corporal
Tom Tyler
as Commanding Officer
William Bakewell
as Mounted Officer
Si Jenks
as Yankee on Street [During Reconstruction]
Emerson Treacy
as [During Reconstruction]
Lester Dorr
as [During Reconstruction]
Trevor Bardette
as [During Reconstruction]
Marjorie Reynolds
as Guest at Twelve Oaks
James Bush
as Gentleman [At Twelve Oaks]
Ralph Brooks
as Gentleman [At Twelve Oaks]
Cliff Edwards
as Reminiscent Soldier
Louis Jean Heydt
as Hungry Soldier
Eddy Chandler
as Sergeant at Hospital
Roscoe Ates
as Convalescent Soldier
Eric Linden
as Amputation Case
George Hackathorne
as Wounded Soldier
Frank Coghlan, Jr.
as Collapsing Soldier
Guy Wilkerson
as Wounded Card Player
Frank Faylen
as Doctor's Aide
Tommy Kelly
as Boy [Outside Examiner's Office]
William Stack
as Minister [Georgia After Sherman]
Ernest Whitman
as Carpetbagger's Friend [Georgia After Sherman]
William Stelling
as Returning Veteran [Georgia After Sherman]
George Meeker
as Poker-Playing Captain
Wallis Clark
as Poker-Playing Yankee Captain
Adrian Morris
as Carpetbagger Orator
J.M. Kerrigan
as Johnny Gallagher [During Reconstruction]
Olin Howland
as Yankee Businessman [During Reconstruction]
Blue Washington
as Renegade's Companion [During Reconstruction]
Lillian Kemble-Cooper
as Bonnie's Nurse [During Reconstruction]
Louise Carter
as Bandleader's Wife
Harry Strang
as Tom's Aide
Lee Murray
as Drummer Boy


Victor Fleming
David O. Selznick
Sidney Howard
Ray Rennahan
Ernest Haller
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Louis Forbes
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hal Kern
William Cameron Menzies
Production Designer
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Arthur Johns
Special Effects
Lee Zavitz
Special Effects
Frank Floyd
Eddie Prinz