DVD 222 mins IMDB 8.0 (35,730 votes) top 250: #167
Gone With the Wind - 4 Disc Collector's Edition
Warner Brothers (1939)
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Drama, Romance, War
USA  /  English

Vivien Leigh Scarlett O'Hara
Clark Gable Rhett Butler
Leslie Howard Ashley Wilkes
Olivia de Havilland Melanie Hamilton
Hattie McDaniel Mammy
Thomas Mitchell Gerald O'Hara
Oscar Polk Pork
Barbara O'Neil Ellen, his wife
Fred Crane Brent Tarleton
Victor Jory Jonas Wilkerson
Evelyn Keyes Suellen O'Hara
Ann Rutherford Carreen O'Hara
George Reeves Stuart Tarleton
Butterfly McQueen Prissy
Everett Brown Big Sam

Director Victor Fleming; George Cukor; Sam Wood
Writer Margaret Mitchell; Sidney Howard; Ben Hecht; David O. Selznick; Jo Swerling; John Van Druten
Cinematography Ernest Haller; Lee Garmes
Musician Max Steiner; Joseph Barnby; Adolph Deutsch; Heinz Roemheld; Charles C. Sawyer; Henry Tucker; I.B. Woodbury
User Credit 2 Walter Plunkett

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 mouthed" Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland). Despite warnings from her father (Thomas Mitchell) and her faithful servant Mammy (Hattie McDaniel), Scarlett intends to throw herself at Ashley at an upcoming barbecue at Twelve Oaks. Alone with Ashley, she goes into a fit of histrionics, all of which is witnessed by roguish Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), the black sheep of a wealthy Charleston family, who is instantly fascinated by the feisty, thoroughly self-centered Scarlett: "We're bad lots, both of us." The movie's famous action continues from the burning of Atlanta (actually the destruction of a huge wall left over from King Kong) through the now-classic closing line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Holding its own against stiff competition (many consider 1939 to be the greatest year of the classical Hollywood studios), Gone With the Wind won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). The film grossed nearly 192 million dollars, assuring that, just as he predicted, Selznick's epitaph would be "The Man Who Made Gone With the Wind." — Hal Erickson

Edition Details
Barcode 012569591721
Region Region 1
Chapters 63
Release Date 2005
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 4

Disc 1: Commentary by Historian Rudy Behlemr

About the Movie
Christopher Plummer Narrates the Documentary The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
Restoring a Legend Chronicles the Film/Video Restoration Process
1939 and 1961 Atlanta Premiere Newsreels
Prologue from International Release Version
Foreign-Language Version Sample Scenes
Historical Short Subject The Old South

Trailer Gallery

About The Cast
Melanie Remembers: Reflection by Olivia de Havilland - Exclusive 2004 Documentary
2 Insightful Profiles: Gable: The King Remembered and Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
The Supporting Players: Cameo Portraits of an Unforgettable Ensemble.
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 The most magnificent picture ever!
Links All Movie Guide
DVD Empire
Amazon US

Trivia: Prominent Atlanta preacher Martin Luther King, Sr. was invited to the cotillion ball held in honor of the premiere. He was urged to boycott by other community leaders because none of the black actors in the film were allowed to attend. A forward thinker, King attended because he was invited, and he brought his son, Martin Luther King, with him. (more)

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: On the establishing shot at Twelve Oaks where we see the horses and wagons going up the drive, we see them dissolve away into the matte shot. (more)

[first lines]
Brent Tarleton: What do we care if we *were* expelled from college, Scarlett? The war is gonna start any day now, so we'd have left college anyhow.
Stuart Tarleton: Oh, isn't it exciting, Scarlett? You know those fool Yanks may actually *want* a war?
Brent Tarleton: We'll show 'em!
Scarlett: Fiddle-dee-dee. War, war, war; this war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides... there isn't going to be any war.
Brent Tarleton: Not going to be any war?
Stuart Tarleton: Why, honey, of course there's gonna be a war.
Scarlett: If either of you boys says "war" just once again, I'll go in the house and slam the door.
Brent Tarleton: But Scarlett, ...
Stuart Tarleton: Don't you *want* us to have a war?

Awards: Won 8 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations (more)