GONE WITH THE WIND

             

For Hicksflicks.com, Sept. 26, 2014

What can be said about "Gone With the Wind" (1939) that hasn't been said a million times? If you know it all, you can skip to the final paragraph for information about where and when this one will be playing in theaters.

First, "GWTW" is the most popular movie of all time, according to adjusted-for-inflation charts, or in other words, the actual number of tickets sold at theater box offices. No 3-D surcharges or inflated prices when this one made its money in 1939 and then through numerous theatrical re-releases before TV and home video barged in.

Based on Margaret Mitchell's famous novel, the film stars Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, and both are perfect in this sprawling epic tale of romance and Southern pride before, during and after the Civil War.

          

           Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, 'Gone With the Wind.'

The primary soap opera that drives the story can be summed up this way: Rhett loves Scarlett, Scarlett loves Ashley (Leslie Howard), Ashley loves Melanie (Olivia de Havilland) — and Atlanta burns.

But along the way there are many iconic moments, lots of great dialogue and fabulous performances by the large cast. Among the great supporting players to look for are Hattie McDaniel (the first African-American to win an acting Oscar), Thomas Mitchell, Butterfly McQueen, Evelyn Keyes, George Reeves, Jane Darwell, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Ward Bond and many more.

Directed by Victor Fleming (who is also credited with "The Wizard of Oz" during the same year) and adapted as a screenplay by Sidney Howard (a Pulitzer Prize-winner who died at age 48 before the film was released), the film is a real perennial. No matter how many times you watch it, you'll always see something that will move you and perhaps even surprise you.

      

 Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard, 'Gone With the Wind.'

Even at nearly four hours (with an intermission, of course) there's nary a lull.

You can see "Gone With the Wind" on the big screen at a number of local Cinemark Theaters, which will be showing it as a Fathom celebration of its 75th anniversary, with an introduction by Robert Osborne, the host of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel. It will be shown on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m., and again on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 2 and 7 p.m.