THE MOVIE VERSION OF THE GREAT GATSBY
IS NOT LIKE THE BOOK by F. Scott Fitzgerald
RECOMMENDED MOVIE: The Great Gatsby (1974) Starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, and Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston, Lois Chiles, and Bruce Dern. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. Directed by Jack Clayton. A Paramount Picture.
WHAT’S IN THE BOOK THAT’S NOT IN THE MOVIE?
Michaelis, Nick’s visit to Wolfshiem’s office, Gatsby’s background, the Finn, Jordan and Nick’s romance, the Dan Cody story, the inquest . . .
WHAT’S IN THE MOVIE THAT’S NOT IN THE BOOK?
Nick’s boat, Tom on horseback, Daisy/Gatsby love scenes, Myrtle’s breaking the window, Wilson’s friend, the golf tournament, fencing scene, the ring, the dead
seagull . . .
WHAT’S THE SAME?
Gatsby’s parties, the billboard, the yellow car, the green light, the shirts, the pink suit, the hit-and-run accident, the murder, the lunch with Wolfshiem, party at Myrtle’s apartment, the tea party at Nick’s cottage, the Plaza Hotel, Gatsby’s father at the
funeral . . .
THE MOVIE: SUMMARY
The following is a scene-by-scene comparison of the movie to the corresponding chapters in the book.
THE MOVIE: CHAPTER 1
OPENING SCENE: Opening scene shows a series of shots of a mansion, yellow car, background sounds of a party, a scrapbook full of photos of Miss Daisy Fay, a framed photo of a mansion, and a photo of Daisy in her wedding dress. (ERROR: Not in the book)
Nick Carraway in a small motor boat is almost swamped by a large sailing yacht as he crosses the bay from West Egg to have lunch at Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s house in East Egg. (ERROR: In the book Nick does not have a boat. He drives an old Dodge) In the background Nick narrates a quote from Chapter 1. (ACCURATE: The quote is: “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever
since. Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”)
When the boat docks, Nick is met by Tom Buchanan who rides up on a polo pony dressed in full polo gear. He is followed by a chauffeur-driven car. (ERROR: In the book Nick arrives at the Buchanan’s home by car and Tom greets him dressed in polo gear) Nick tells Tom that he is renting a cottage in West Egg for $80 a month. (ACCURATE)