The Last Tycoon
The Last Tycoon (1976)

Based on an unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald adapted by the notable playwright Harold Pinter and brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, this movie explores the life and machinations of the troubled movie producer Monroe Stahr (Robert… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 19, 1976
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Producer Sam Spiegel's contribution is admirable, but Elia Kazan's direction of the Pinter plot seems unfocussed though craftsmanlike. Robert De Niro's performance as the inscrutable boy-wonder of films is mildly intriguing.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Elia Kazan now admits that he directed this adaptation, his last Hollywood film, for the money. Unfortunately, it looks it.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a film that takes Hollywood too seriously and seems to worship with piety at its altar, but was too awkwardly presented to mean much.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

De Niro proves again how well he can carry a part, and is particularly good in scenes dealing with the day-to-day business of movie-making.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

The Last Tycoon is an intriguing entry to the period gangster genre that depicts the weight of triad influence in 1930s Shanghai at the cusp of war with an invading Japan.

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TV Guide

Fitzgerald's unfinished novel transfers awkwardly to the screen but is saved from oblivion by that always-fascinating actor De Niro.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie is full of echoes. We watch it as if at a far remove from what's happening, but that too is appropriate: Fitzgerald was writing history as it happened.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Kazan's rigid directing kills the spontaneity of nearly every cast member.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

Out of place and not quite interesting enough to hold our attention, which is a disappointment, because it has many of the elements that can make for greatness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
While itā??s not Elia Kazanā??s usual style, itā??s a very interesting story with a lot to offer. You can instantaneously feel that itā??s incomplete and… More
Mike T.
I've read a lot of reviews that complain about this film's "glacial pace", but if I may be so bold, I think a lot of people are misplacing… More
jay nixon
With a cast like this there is no way this should be the snoozefest it is. Moves at a glacial place to no real resolution.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Last Tycoon," Monroe Stahr(Robert De Niro) is the head of production at International World Films in the 1930's,… More