I’ve never seen this version of The Great Gatsby.
Truth be told, I never knew this 2000 made-for-TV movie existed until I researched the subject for my 1095 Days project.
Mira Sorvino as Daisy?
Hmmm. Worth a shot.
Toby Stephens as Gatsby?
The cast isn’t the most remarkable I’ve ever seen:
Mira Sorvino … Daisy Buchanan
Toby Stephens … Jay Gatsby
Paul Rudd … Nick Carraway
Martin Donovan … Tom Buchanan
Francie Swift … Jordan Baker
Heather Goldenhersh … Myrtle Wilson
Matt Malloy … Klipspringer
But, then again, I just watched two other versions of Gatsby and they were lackluster even with a stellar cast. So I’m not going to turn up my nose at this movie. Not yet, anyway.
What I notice about this adaptation:
* Paul Rudd is a very young Nick Carraway.
* There’s much more narration in this adaptation than in previous versions of the movie.
* Mira Sorvino isn’t as airy as Mia Farrow, nor is she as spacey as she was in Woody Allen’s 1995 movie Mighty Aphrodite. She seems to bring a Continue reading
Woody Allen was 65 when Small Time Crooks, his 31st film as writer and director, was released.
In some ways, this movie feels like a throwback to the zaniness of Take the Money and Run.
It’s about a hapless crook (in this case, a bank robber named Ray) who plots the perfect crime – he rents an empty pizza shop a few doors down from a bank and plots to dig a tunnel to the vault and make off with the money.
As you might expect, the plot doesn’t pan out the way Ray predicts.
It’s a lean cast that makes the most of its talent:
Woody Allen … Ray
Tracey Ullman … Frenchy
Michael Rapaport …Denny
Tony Darrow … Tommy
Sam Josepher … Real Estate Agent
Jon Lovitz … Benny
Elaine May … May
Hugh Grant … David
Elaine Stritch … Chi Chi Potter
Of course, Wood plays Ray playing Woody.
This is my 10th favorite Woody Allen movie.
Woody was 65 when Small Time Crooks was released.