The Great Gatsby Movie Quotes

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"The Great Gatsby" movie quotes bring the classic novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald back to the big screen for a 3D romantic comedy adaptation. Baz Luhrmann directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay along with Craig Pearce. After many changes to the release date, "The Great Gatsby" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2013, just days after its theatrical release in the United States on May 10, 2013.

In "The Great Gatsby," the scene is New York City and the time is the Roaring Twenties. Nick Carraway (Toby Maguire), is an aspiring stock broker and World War I veteran who moves to the outskirts of the big city from the midwest. He soon is introduced to his lavish neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Nick is instantly intrigued. As they get to know one another, Nick learns that Gatsby is a man with big hopes and big pockets whose worldly past includes numerous commendation medals from his service in World War I. Though Nick is thoroughly drawn to Gatsby's lifestyle, Nick senses that beneath the grandeur Gatsby has secrets.

One night, Gatsby is reunited with Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), a woman with which he had a romantic relationship prior to the war. While both are happy to reunite with one another, things have changed since their tome together. Daisy has married another man, Tom (Joel Edgerton), and created a life with him. Yet when they reunite, old passions are reignited creating quite the conflict for Daisy and Gatsby.

"The Great Gatsby" hits theaters already buzzing with other movies such as "The Big Wedding," "Oblivion," "Scary Movie 5," "Evil Dead," "Jurassic Park 3D," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Olympus Has Fallen," "Admission," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "Emperor," "Dead Man Down," "Oz: The Great and Powerful," "Stoker," "A Good Day to Die Hard," "Side Effects," and "Identity Thief."

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    New York, 1922

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    Nick Carraway: "New York, 1922, the tempo of the city had changed sharply. The buildings were higher. The parties were bigger. The morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper. The restlessness approached. Hysteria."

    Nick Carraway provides an overview of the times they live in. It was the roaring 20s, a perfect time for an extravagant and rich fellow like Jay Gatsby to live the good life.

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    Grand Vision for Life

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    Nick Carraway: "Gatsby, he had a grand vision for his life since he was a boy. No amount of fire could challenge the fairy tale he had stored up in his heart. He had an extraordinary sense of hope but I had the uneasy feeling that he was guarding secrets. It had gone beyond her. It had gone beyond everything."

    Nick Carraway comments on his impression of Gatsby in that Gatsby always had high hopes for a high class life but is far from reproach. Nick thinks Gatsby is hiding something and has taken things too far in trying to recreate the perfect past he once had with Daisy.

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    Major Jay Gatsby

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    Jay Gatsby: "I will tell you God's truth, God's truth about myself. I am the son of some very wealthy people. Sadly they're all dead now. I've lived in all the capitals of Europe collecting jewels, hunting big game, painting a little. Then came the war, old sport. Every allied government gave me a decoration."
    Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby: [together] "Major Jay Gatsby for valor extraordinary"
    Jay Gatsby: "That's right."

    Driving around in a fancy car, Gatsby tells Nick a little bit about himself. He recollects his worldly past as well as his war medals, not that he is humble about any of it.

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    I Wish

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    Daisy Buchanan: "I wish we could just run away… I wish I had done everything on earth with you."

    Daisy looks back on the past and remarks of how she wishes she would have stayed with Gatsby as well as how she wishes they could just run away now. Like Gatsby, she too views the past as something they cherish and wishes their future could be with one another.

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    You Can't Repeat the Past

    Nick Carraway: "You can't repeat the past."
    Jay Gatsby: "Can't repeat the past? But of course you can. My life, my life has got to be like this. It's got to keep going up."

    Nick tries to convince Gatsby to move on from Daisy rather than trying to keep recreating the past now that she's married someone else. Gatsby brushes off the suggestion with his big hopes and dreams of a lavish lifestyle his focus.

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    Glad to See You

    Daisy Buchanan: "I'm certainly glad to see you again."
    Jay Gatsby: "I'm certainly glad to see you as well."

    Meeting again after they were torn apart by the war, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are certainly nervous about reuniting but both are definitely pleased to see each other.

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    We Were Born Different

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    Tom Buchanan: "Mr. Gatsby, I'd like to know who exactly are you anyhow?" [to Daisy] "Can't you see who this guy is with his house, his parties and his fancy clothes?" [to Gatsby] "We were born different from you. It's in our blood. Nothing that you do or dream up will ever change that."
    Jay Gatsby: [attacking Tom] "Shut up!"

    Tom, Daisy's husband, gets heated when they meet with Gatsby. Tom tries to explain to Daisy that her life is not on the same level as Gatsby's and explain to Gatsby that he can never change that. Gatsby does not take the threat well.

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    A Man of Fine Breeding

    Meyer Wolfsheim: "When I made the pleasure of Mr. Gatsby's acquaintance, I discovered a man of fine breeding."
    Nick Carraway: "Very interesting"
    Jay Gatsby: "Everything all right?"
    Nick Caraway: "Uh, yes"

    Nick Carraway speaks to Meyer Wolfsheim, a mutual friend of his and Jay Gatsby's, about Gatsby at one of his lavish parties. Nick is intrigued by enigmatic neighbor Gatsby and wants to learn more but Gatsby himself interrupts their chat.

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    I Don't Want to Go Home

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    Daisy Buchanan: "I don't want to go home."
    Jay Gatsby: "Then don't."

    Gatsby, focused on his own happiness rather than the consequences of what he is proposing, urges Daisy to stay with him over going home to her husband. Though Daisy wants to stay, she knows what she has to do.

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    You Always Look So Cool

    Daisy Buchanan: "You always look so cool, a man in the cool, beautiful shirts."

    Daisy, still clearly having feelings for Gatsby, remarks on how he's always presented himself to her and others. Not only does Gatsby dress well, but he looks cool during whatever he does in those cool, beautiful shirts.

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