Classic Film Guide

Gone With the Wind (1939)

I couldn't possibly add any new information about this first color film to win the Best Picture Academy Award, in a year which featured so many great films, but I'll try ... did you know that George Reeves, TV's original Superman, is in the movie? And, though the film's three million dollar cost was dubbed outrageous at the time, the comparable amount in 2004 dollars (40 Million) means it was actually quite a good value ... especially for the highest grossing (in today's dollars, about $2 billion), most profitable film of all time!

The film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's bestselling novel, with Clark Gable (Oscar nominated) as Rhett Butler, Vivien Leigh (who won the Best Actress Oscar) as Scarlett O'Hara, Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes, Hattie McDaniel (Best Supporting Actress) as Mammy, and Olivia de Havilland (Supporting Actress nomination) as Melanie. And who could forget Butterfly McQueen as Prissy? Director Victor Fleming won the Best Director Oscar, working for Producer David O. Selznick. The film also won for Art Direction, Color Cinematography, Editing, and Screenplay Writing. It was nominated for Effect, Score, and Sound. Added to the National Film Registry in 1989. #4 of AFI's 100 Greatest Movies list. #2 on AFI's 100 Greatest Love Stories list. "Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn." is #1 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list. "After all, tomorrow is another day!" is #31 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list. "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." is #59 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list. #2 on AFI's Top 25 Film Scores list. #43 on AFI's 100 Most Inspiring Movies list.

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