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->''"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."''
-->-- '''Rhett Butler'''

Possibly the most successful film of all time (adjusted for inflation its box office take would be $1.6 billion, $200 million more than similarly adjusted ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[note]]It alone managed to dethrone Creator/WaltDisney's ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' from two years prior [[/note]]) ''Gone with the Wind'' is a romantic epic about Scarlett O'Hara, an indomitable and ruthless Southern belle, stretching from just before UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar through much of Reconstruction.

Both the source novel and the studios of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood tended to romanticize the South, and so this is one of the most romantic films ever made [[note]]It holds the #2 spot on AFIS100Years100Passions list[[/note]] whether you want it to be or not. Still, the movie was ''somewhat'' progressive for its time -- it gave several roles to African American actors when Hollywood was trying its best to [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode push them out]], and Hattie [=McDaniel=]'s win for Best Supporting Actress was the first Oscar given to a black person.

Filmed between December 1938 and November 1939 (having been in development since just after the book's publication in 1936) and released in December 1939 in glorious Technicolor, starring Creator/VivienLeigh as Scarlett and Creator/ClarkGable as Rhett. Interestingly, director Victor Fleming was also the director of another legendary Technicolor film from that year -- ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.

The original novel was written by Margaret Mitchell. It was followed by ''Literature/{{Scarlett}}'', a professional FanFic, which was later adapted into a MiniSeries. A prequel, ''Rhett Butler's People'', has been published, telling the story from Rhett's perspective, and has a different ending than ''Scarlett''. Another sequel by the name of ''Winds of Tara'' has been published. Bear in mind that this has another ending for those who are not happy with ''Scarlett''. More recently, a parody has been written called ''The Wind Done Gone'', which is the entire book written from the point of view of Scarlett's mixed-race half-sister, whom she never notices in the original novel, and whom Rhett himself takes as a lover. No explicit names are used, interestingly.

It is UsefulNotes/TedTurner's favorite movie, and it was the first broadcast program on both Creator/{{TNT}} and Creator/{{TCM}}; a theater at the CNN Center also played it for many years until it was taken out and replaced by additional newsroom space for CNN's web operations.

In 2008, a musical production ran on the West End in London. It was savaged by the critics and closed early.

As of June 2017, only two of the original cast members are still alive: Creator/OliviaDeHavilland and Mickey Kuhn.
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