Gone With the Wind

Release Date: January 17th, 1939

DVD Release Date: October 27th, 1998

G |3 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

Epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh). Starting with her idyllic on a sprawling plantation, the film traces her survival through the tragic history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).

Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Victor Jory, Laura Hope Crews

Director: Victor Fleming

Genres: Romance , Historical drama

Production Co: Selznick International Pictures

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Emotional, Forbidden love, Rescue, Soldier, Love triangle, Touching, Friendship, Sacrifice, Husband, Marriage

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Barbara ShulgasserSan Francisco Examiner

    The sexual tension and humorous byplay between Leigh and co-star Clark Gable, in the role of gentleman rogue Rhett Butler, was riveting. And so was Leigh's portrayal of a viper trying to consume the good-hearted Ashley Wilkes, embodied by the fine-boned Hungarian-turned-British actor, Leslie Howard. show more

  • 100
    Bob GrahamSan Francisco Chronicle

    The most striking effect of the Technicolor process is its subtlety. The viewer is aware of the gradations of flesh tones in Leigh's face and can see the color rise in her cheeks. The exact color of her eyes is a source of fascination (they are gray-blue with flashes of green). show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A towering landmark of film, quite simply because it tells a good story, and tells it wonderfully well. show more

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