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Story

Very little of the energy and intensity of Elia Kazan's great early work remains in his last movie, a flat adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished final novel about a Hollywood movie mogul of the 1930s. The story still feels like a half-written first draft, a grab bag of roughed-out scenes, even though Harold Pinter supposedly polished up the screenplay. Robert De Niro manages a silky, nuanced performance as the mogul, Monroe Stahr (modeled upon MGM's Irving Thalberg, the suave vulgarian who eviscerated Eric Von Stroheim's Greed), and works hard to transform this essayistic conceit of a character, a sexually repressed guru of mass audience manipulation, into a plausible wounded human being. The movie gets a welcome jolt of energy whenever vivid supporting players like Jack Nicholson, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, or Theresa Russell turn up. --David Chute

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Robert De NiroMonroe Stahr
Tony CurtisRodriguez
Robert MitchumPat Brady
Jeanne MoreauDidi
Jack NicholsonBrimmer
Donald PleasenceBoxley
Ray MillandFleishacker
Dana AndrewsRed Ridingwood
Peter StraussWylie
Theresa RussellCecilia Brady
Seymour CasselSeal Trainer
Anjelica HustonEdna

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Elia Kazan
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 122 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 19, 1976
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 18, 2003
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