The Great Gatsby

Synopsis: Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jack Clayton
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
144 min

In my younger

and more vulnerable years,

my father gave me some advice

that I've been considering ever since.

"When you feel like criticising anyone,"

he told me,

"remember that all the people in this

world haven't had your advantages."

In consequence, I'm inclined

to reserve all my judgements.

It was by chance that I decided

to spend the summer

on that slender, riotous island

that juts out into the Long Island Sound,

I lived at West Egg on the, well, less

fashionable side of the courtesy bay.

My cousin, Daisy Buchanan,

lived in one of East Egg's

glittering white palaces,

with her husband Tom,

whom I'd known in college-

They had spent the years since

their marriage drifting unrestfully,

wherever people played polo

and were rich together.

Nick Carraway!

Nick, it's about time.

I'm not sure how to operate that thing.

If you'd said, we'd have sent the

motor cruiser for you.

How are you?

- Is this all yours?

- Some of it belongs to Daisy.

- Where's your place?

- Across the bay.

Just a little cottage

I got for $80 a month.

$80 a month!

Our beer bills at New Haven

were more than that.

You forget,

I am now just a struggling bond

salesman on Wall Street.


- Is it really you?

- It is.

My dear lost love!

I'm paralysed with happiness!

Jordan, this is my second cousin

once removed, Nick Carraway.

Does that mean we kiss when we greet?

I hope it means we do.

Tom says you've come from Chicago.

Tell me everything.

- Do they miss me?

- The whole town is desolate.

How gorgeous!

All the cars have their left rear wheel

painted black in mourning,

and there's a persistent wail all night.

Let's go back tomorrow, Tom.

I love a persistent wail.

Well, I love a drink.

Come on, let's all have a drink.

I've been lying on that sofa

for as long as I can remember.

You live in West Egg.

I know somebody there.

- I don't know anyone.

- You must know Gatsby.

- He's my neighbour.

- Gatsby? What Gatsby?

Come on, Daisy.

Why candles?

In two weeks,

it'll be the longest day in the year.

Do you watch for the longest day

in the year and then miss it? I do.

- We ought to plan something.

- All right. What'll we plan?

What do people plan?

Look at that...

My little finger, it's all black and blue.

You did that, Tom.

You didn't mean to, but that's what I get

for marrying a brute of a man.

- A great big hulking brute of a man.

- I hate that word "hulking".

Even in kidding.

- Hulking.

- Please, let's not start one of those.

Nick, have you read The Rise

of the Coloured Empires by Goddard?

- Why, no.

- Fine book. Everyone should read it.

See, the point is

that if we don't watch out,

the white race will be

utterly submerged... No, that's so!

We, the dominant race, must watch out,

or these other races will take control.

- We've got to beat them down.

- Daisy, it's all been scientifically proved.

You see, we're Nordics.

You are, and I am, and...

Excuse me, sir.

Thank you.

Excuse me.

Any Way...

We're responsible for everything

that made civilisation.

Art, science, and all that.

I love to see you at my table, Nick.

You remind me of a...

A rose, an absolute rose. Doesn't he?

You're Jordan Baker,

the golf champion...

Don't talk. I want to hear what happens.

- Is something happening?

- You don't know?

- I thought everyone knew.

- I don't.

Tom's got a woman in New York.

She might have the decency

not to phone him at dinner time.

Couldn't be helped.

There's a bird on the lawn.

I think it's a nightingale, come over

on the Cunard or the White Star Line.

He's singing away.

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Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. more…

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