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The Great Gatsby Details


This third film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel was one of the most hyped movies of the summer of 1974. Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his vast (and implicitly ill-gotten) fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow), now married to "old money" Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern). Calmly observing the passing parade is Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston), Gatsby's best friend, who narrates the film. Francis Ford Coppola's screenplay is meticulously faithful to the original novel, but Theoni V. Aldredge's costume design and Nelson Riddle's nostalgic musical score won the film its only Oscars. The huge supporting cast includes Howard Da Silva, who played Wilson in the 1949 Nelson Riddle, and a very young Patsy Kensit as Daisy's daughter. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 26, 1974


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Karen Black Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1974 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sam Waterston New Star of the Year - Male 1974 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sam Waterston Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1974 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bruce Dern Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1974 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nelson Riddle Best Adapted or Original Song Score 1974 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Douglas Slocombe Best Cinematography 1974 Winner


Robert Redford
as Jay Gatsby
Mia Farrow
as Daisy Buchanan
Bruce Dern
as Tom Buchanan
Karen Black
as Myrtle Wilson
Scott Wilson
as George Wilson
Sam Waterston
as Nick Carraway
Edward Herrmann
as Klipspringer
Jerry Mayer
as Reporter
Janet Arters
as Twins
Patsy Kensit
as Pamela Buchanan
Bob Sherman
Howard Da Silva
as Meyer Wolfsheim
Beth Porter
as Mrs. McKee
Arthur Hughes
as Dog Vendor
Vincent Schiavelli
as Thin Man
Lois Chiles
as Jordan Baker
William Atherton
Regina Baff
as Miss Baedeker
Tom Ewell
as Mourner
Sammy Smith
as Comic
Roberts Blossom
as Mr. Gatz
Paul Tamarin
as Mr. McKee
Elliott Sullivan
as Wilson's Friend
Oliver Clark
as Fat Man


Jack Clayton
Hank Moonjean
Francis Ford Coppola
Douglas Slocombe
Nelson Riddle
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Laing
Art Director
Gene Rudolf
Art Director
Peter Howitt
Set Designer
Herb Mulligan
Set Designer
Ken Barker
Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Simmons
Sound/Sound Designer
David Tringham
First Assistant Director