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The Last Tycoon

6.32 h 3 min1976X-RayPG
F. Scott Fitzgerald's fascinating tale of studio politics in early Hollywood is breathtakingly brought to the screen by director Elia Kazan and screenwriter Harold Pinter.
Elia Kazan
Robert De NiroRobert MitchumJack Nicholson
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Tony CurtisJeanne Moreau
Sam Speigel
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3.5 out of 5 stars

204 global ratings

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BixReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Do You Read Books?
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If not, then skip this ciné film, as it is beyond you.
This film needs a review like England needs another Dunkerque.
It is a classic work and the magnificent Elia Kazan's last effort. The inherent quality of this flicker is a fact.
Yet, I see many reviews of one star on a web site where customer reviews are clumsily and shamelessly inflated.
There are two things that truly belong to American culture: Jazz (plus related offspring), and the Hollywood movie. These are the only two cultural icons that America truly begat from its youthful heart and soul.
Yet, the French love American Jazz more than Americans, Italy loves our Rhythm and Blues more than most Saint Louisans even know about Chuck Berry, and Brazilians believe John Pizzarelli to be the World's greatest Bosa Nova singer and guitarist.
I am ashamed. This is NOT Elia Kazan's finest work; however, not a single scene is superfluous nor shabby. Each piece of the puzzle is brilliant, and the totality is a masterful classic film. —No, not a Citizen Kane, but worthy beyond the norm, —none the less.
If you love the medium of American film and can NOT find more than 1 star of worth in this film; then, a book just fell from the shelf, hit your head and made a dull THUD.
I will give you a hint as to the moral of my scene. The sound of the DULL THUD did NOT come from the book.
Merry Christmas 2020
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F. ThysReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Gem
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Elia Kazan's masterful movie of F. Scott Fitzgerald's last novel.

Robert De Niro plays the last tycoon, based on Irving Thalberg. He is the indispensable head of a Hollywood studio in the 1930s.

Robert Mitchum plays the studio owner.

De Niro's character still mourns his wife, a major star who died young. One night, he sees a woman on the lot who reminds him of his late wife. He pursues her and they fall in love. She tells him that she is about to get married, and disappears from his life. Unable to bear the loss of her, he gets drunk and gets into a fist fight with the head of the writers' union, played by Jack Nicholson. As a result, he loses the confidence of the studio owner, the board, and financial backers of the studio.

Screenplay by Harold Pinter.

With Tony Curtis, Jeanne Moreau, Ray Milland, and Angelica Huston.

Original score by Maurice Jarre.
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Julie ReckerReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
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The rabbit holes that Harold Pinter got lost in when he wrote this screenplay...unbelievable. You get the idea that they promised substantial roles to stars before the screenplay was written and then had to waste screen time on a bunch of unnecessary characters. DeNiro seems to forget at times that his character is supposed to be likeable. The biggest misstep, though, is the character of Kathleen Moore. If the actress had asked the director, "What is my motivation?", I don't think he could have told her because there is no explanation for anything she does. There's just a bunch of foreshadowing that leads nowhere. Female characters who only live to bask in the glow of men (Cecelia and Kathleen), that is one thing about this movie that is true to Fitzgerald.
12 people found this helpful
Denise I. Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Star studded waste of screen time
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Monroe Stahr is a creative genius at a movie studio. He watches rushes and says things like, "we need to reshoot. Nobody talks like that-get somebody who can write. " We all agree, as viewers, that the rush was flat, stilted, and boring. That sums up this film. Long scenes dwelling on drab dialogue delivered in monotones signifying nothing.
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MLYReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Mike Nichols Was Correct
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Mike Nichols Was Correct. De Niro wasn't right for this role, and neither was the female lead. They did not bring the characters to life. Those two leads didn't even make the characters interesting. When I compare De Niro's work in this movie to Robert Mitchum's work when he takes a breath to speak and in doing so changes the entire scene with his emotion, I feel sorry for Bob.

It's like they thought they were making The Godfather, but didn't know that they needed a script and a director to achieve that magnificent aura. Don't start watching this movie thinking that it will eventually kick in because it never kicks in.

The basic plot is a high-powered movie mogul gets seduced by a very manipulative and unavailable young woman. He keeps chasing the carrot, and she never gives it to him. The End. Pass.
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RicReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
MESMERIZING movie - cinematography excellent as was the acting & directing. Seller very helpful !
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DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE - Mesmerizing 1976 movie with beautiful cinematography-based upon F.Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished book about real life early 1900s MGM movie studio producer Irving Thalberg (played magnificently by Robert DeNiro) & MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer (also played magnificently by Robert Mitchum) with: Jack Nicholson; Ray Milland; Tony Curtis; Peter Strauss; Dana Andrews; and drop dead gorgeous Theresa Russell; and nude scenes with almost Angel like new comer (back then) - Ingrid Boulting - who still today runs a Yoga studio on the California coast.

Seller was very responsive, good service. Due to the popularity of this movie it is hard to get copies of it. You typically have to wait to get a copy !
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GeorgiosMReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
VERY disappointing
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After watching the nine episodes of Amazon's The Last Tycoon (we really enjoyed it) we thought it would be a treat to see the 1976 version with Robert DeNiro, Robert Mitchum, Ray Milland, etc. What a disappointment! The movie is much too long, and the love story with DeNiro and the Irish girl is BORING. The movie picks up slightly towards the end when Jack Nicholson makes a short but interesting appearance. Don't waste two hours of your time...with that cast it should have been MUCH better. Watch the Amazon episodes...Kelsey Grammer is excellent.
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K. NiemlaReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad, not great.
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Not bad, not great. You'll be waiting for the movie to take off, but it never does. Monroe is supposed to be working himself to death, but he's never clearly that sick. Miss Moore is supposed to be a romantic interest, but she's deathly boring and is never kind or sexy enough to be a leading lady. Monroe's career is falling apart, but it's never clear how. Things happen, people say things, and these events never form a whole. One hour into the film you'll be shocked how little has happened.

But you're not here for that. You're here for a handsome and smooth Robert De Niro, young and in fantastic form. He's there reason you give a darn about this move. And it's so worth it. WOW, he's great in this! If you're a fan, it's a must own.
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