In honor of its 80th anniversary, the American classic, Gone with the Wind will be returning to theaters for just two special days. The 1939 film crushed box-office sales following its release, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. During its 80-year lifetime, the widely successful film has brought in $1.8 billion. Now, you can experience it all over again 1930s style.
Love, Lust, & Betrayal
The romance film took the world by storm with its dramatic plot and epic twists. Set in the South during the American Civil War and the Reconstruction era, the story follows character Scarlett O’Hara and her desire for forbidden love. Scarlett is the daughter of a Georgia plantation owner who falls in love with character Ashley Wilkes. The love triangle untangles between Scarlett, her husband, Rhett, Ashley, and his wife Melanie.
The whirlwind of emotions soar throughout the film as men leave for war, death follows, and love is lost. The iconic film has since left a mark on the industry setting high standards for screenwriters and actors for decades to come.
Cast Of A Lifetime
The phenomenal cast played a large part in the movie’s success. Scarlett O’Hara was played by actress Vivien Leigh who won two Academy Awards for Best Actress following the film. Popular English actor Leslie Howard played Ashley Wilkes character and American charmer, Clark Gable played Rhett Butler. Beauty queen, Olivia de Havilland played Melanie Hamilton’s character. All of these actors went on to perform in several more ground-breaking films.
The four principal cast members of 1939's "Gone with the Wind".#GWTW
Eight-Time Academy Award Winning
As for the film itself – it was nominated for thirteen awards at the 12th annual Academy Awards in 1940. Gone with the Wind won eight of out of the thirteen nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.
If that isn’t enough reason to get your tickets to the special showing, Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy, became the first African-American Oscar winner for her role in the film.
"Why does a girl have to be so silly to catch a husband?"
There you have it, folks! Grab your bonnets and fire up the carriage because we’re headed back in time!
Gone with the Wind will be shown at participating movie theaters across the country on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 3. Get your tickets soon, it’s sure to sell out quick!