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Gone with the Wind [1939] (2 discs)

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Director:George Cukor
Sam Wood
Victor Fleming
Writer:Sidney Howard
Length:238 minutes
(3 hours 58 minutes)
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:91%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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  • Drama
  • Romance
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Synopsis: A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.


Reaction: Classic, but long. Everyone should see this at least once, though we need to acknowledge some of the racial and historical issues that this movie represents. "Made in a different era" carries some weight, but doesn't excuse everything.


Personal Rating: 8/10

George Cukor => Director
Sam Wood => Director
Victor Fleming => Director
Sidney Howard => Writer
Ben Hecht => Contributing Writer (uncredited)
Jo Swerling => Contributing Writer (uncredited)
John Van Druten => Contributing Writer (uncredited)
Margaret Mitchell => story of the Old South "Gone with the Wind"
Oliver H.P. Garrett => Contributing Writer (uncredited)
Alicia Rhett => India - His Daughter
Ann Rutherford => Carreen - Their Daughter
Barbara O'Neil => Ellen - His Wife (as Barbara O'Neill)
Butterfly McQueen => Prissy - House Servant
Cammie King Conlon => Bonnie Blue Butler (as Cammie King)
Charles Middleton => Man with Stove Pipe Hat in Charge of Convict Workers (uncredited)
Clark Gable => Rhett Butler - Visitor from Charleston
Cliff Edwards => Reminiscent Soldier
Daisy Bufford => Housemaid at Evening Prayers (uncredited)
Dan White => Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren => Frank Kennedy's Clerk (uncredited)
Edythe Elliott => General's Wife (uncredited)
Eric Alden => Rafe Calvert (uncredited)
Evelyn Keyes => Suellen - Their Daughter
Everett Brown => Big Sam - Field Foreman
Frank Coghlan Jr. => Collapsing Soldier (uncredited)
Frank Faylen => Soldier Aiding Dr. Meade (uncredited)
Fred Crane => Brent Tarleton - Scarlett's Beau
George Meeker => Poker-Playing Captain (uncredited)
George Reeves => Stuart Tarleton - Scarlett's Beau
Gino Corrado => Minor Role (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson => Wounded Card Player (uncredited)
Harry Davenport => Dr. Meade
Hattie McDaniel => Mammy - House Servant
Howard Hickman => John Wilkes
Irving Bacon => Corporal
James Bush => Gentleman (uncredited)
Jane Darwell => Mrs. Merriwether
Lee Phelps => Bartender (uncredited)
Leslie Howard => Ashley - His Son
Lester Dorr => Minor Role (uncredited)
Marjorie Reynolds => Guest at Twelve Oaks (uncredited)
Olivia de Havilland => Melanie Hamilton - Their Cousin
Oscar Polk => Pork - House Servant
Paul Hurst => Yankee Deserter
Ralph Brooks => Gentleman at Twelve Oaks Barbecue (uncredited)
Rand Brooks => Charles Hamilton - Her Brother
Richard Farnsworth => Soldier (uncredited)
Si Jenks => Yankee on Street (uncredited)
Thomas Mitchell => Gerald O'Hara
Victor Jory => Jonas Wilkerson - Field Overseer
Vivien Leigh => Scarlett - Their Daughter
Wallis Clark => Poker-Playing Captain (uncredited)
Ward Bond => Tom - Yankee Captain
William Bakewell => Mounted Officer

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Three of the four principal actors--Leslie Howard, Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh--died at the relatively young ages of 50, 59 and 53. Olivia de Havilland outlived them all by 50 plus years and was the only one who remained alive until her death in 2020 at 104. Ironically, her character is the only one who dies in the film.
  • Clark Gable was so distressed over the requirement that he cry on film (when Melanie is comforting Rhett after Scarlett's miscarriage) that he almost quit. Olivia de Havilland and director Victor Fleming convinced him to stay.
  • Clark Gable disliked this, his most famous film, which he regarded as "a woman's picture."
  • Hattie McDaniel was criticized by some African-Americans for playing in a supposedly racist film. She responded that she would "rather make seven hundred dollars a week playing a maid than seven dollars being one".
  • When Gary Cooper turned down the role of Rhett Butler, he was passionately against it. He is quoted as saying "Gone with the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history" and "I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper."
  • Margaret Mitchell personally approved of Vivien Leigh's interpretation of Scarlett.
  • Vivien Leigh later said that she hated kissing Clark Gable because of his bad breath, rumored to be caused by his false teeth, a result of excessive smoking. According to Frank Buckingham, a technician who observed the film being made, Gable would sometimes eat garlic before his kissing scenes with Vivien Leigh.
  • When Rhett pours Mammy a drink after the birth of Bonnie, for a joke during a take, Clark Gable actually poured alcohol instead of the usual tea into the decanter without Hattie McDaniel knowing it until she took a swig.
  • At nearly four hours long, this is the longest running of all motion pictures to win the prestigious Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • First color film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • The fact that Hattie McDaniel would be unable to attend the premiere in racially segregated Atlanta outraged Clark Gable so much that he threatened to boycott the premiere unless she could attend. He later relented when she convinced him to go.
  • Hattie McDaniel became the first Black person to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award.