Gone With The Wind
Entertainment: +3 1/2
Acceptability: +3 1/2

One of the great movie classics of all time, GONE WITH THE WIND is being re-issued by New Line Cinema in a much improved sound and visual condition. It's sound track has been digitally remastered and its Technicolor film has been restored. This makes its two stars, Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, much more photogenic and its scenery more attractive. Produced in 1939 and running almost four hours, it tells the epic romantic story of Scarlet O'Hara(Vivien Leigh), one of three daughters of a wealthy land owner near Atlanta, Georgia. Beginning just before the Civil War, it follows the continuing struggle of Scarlet to win the love of gentleman Ashley Wilkes(Leslie Howard) and to survive the destruction of her estate by the Yankee soldiers. And, of course, her marriage to the dashing scoundrel Rhett Butler(Clark Gable). GONE WITH THE WIND is still an absorbing, captivating movie and moviegoers are likely to turn out in large numbers to enjoy it all over again.

This film made cinematic history with Gable's famous use of a mild crudity when he remarks to Scarlet "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn". This is about the only questionable element in the entire film. Most of the characters are genteel southerners and the story is free of any offensive sexual content or violence. However, some of the women are shown in low cut dresses and in one scene Rhett carries his wife Scarlet to their bedroom implying that sex will follow. Rhett confides in a local prominent prostitute and another scene implies that some gentlemen have visited a house of prostitution. Some moderate violence is present, including an attack on Scarlet in her carriage and Scarlet's shooting of a Yankee soldier in the face. It is notable that Scarlet is a scheming, ambitious woman who takes advantage of others and seems to have no spiritual basis to guide her life. Even so, GONE WITH THE WIND is a typically decent film from yesteryear.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: New Line Cinema, 888 7th Ave., 20th Floor, NY,NY 10106

Crude Language: Once - Mild(damn)
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Several times - Moderate (Woman slaps man, soldier shot in face, views of dead soldiers on battlefield, woman attacked in carriage, man fights off attackers, buildings burned down and ammunition explosions)
Sexual Intercourse: Implied Once (husband carries wife to bedroom)
Nudity: Near nudity - several times(women in low cut dresses)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Man talks with prostitute, men suggest they have visited prostitute, passionate kissing)
Drug Abuse: Several times(whiskey drinking and drunkenness)
Other: Scheming woman has no spiritual basis for life; greedy man joins Confederate Army out of patriotism.
Running Time: 4 hours
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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