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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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    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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    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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    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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    A Man of Fine Breeding

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    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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