Gone With the Wind
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's remarkable that after spending almost eight hours of my existence in front of this film, I can remember only two points vividly."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The Atlantic
"A critic-proof movie if there ever was one: it isn't all that good, but somehow it's great."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Running to nearly four hours and boasting at least three directors, this epic American Civil War romantic drama is more of a symbol of the Hollywood studio system than a mere movie."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Ginormous in both scale and emotional wallop, MGM's epic is still a cinematic event to be savoured."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"[VIDEO ESSAY] ...a closer reading finds a cutting commentary on the South's hypocritical, opportunistic, and racist attitudes that continue to infect American culture."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Gone With the Wind endures and deepens with the passing of time because Scarlett and Rhett are as modern as its open ending."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"What more can one say about this much-loved, much discussed blockbuster?"
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Boasts epic visuals (the civil war, Atlanta on fire etc) as sweeping as Max Steiner's score."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Brimming with colour and passion, it pulls its emotional kick from tremendous performances, not least from Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable as the love-hate lovers."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Total Film
"The golden standard for classic Hollywood bombast, this one."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"One of the truly great films, destined for record-breaking boxoffice business everywhere."
‑ John C. Flinn Sr., Variety
"The film that perhaps defines Hollywood."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"The performances of eternally glittering movie stars Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable ... exist in a league of their own, demanding rapt attention in scene after scene."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"The cast, in the main scenes as in the episodes, is excellent."
‑ Franz Hoellering, The Nation
"If ever the phrase, "They don't make 'em like they used to" could fit a film, this is it."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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