Robert Redford makes for a much too sane Gatsby and Mia Farrow comes across as even sillier and more insubstantial than she needs to be when measured against the lovely and sexy Lois Chiles; but Bruce Dern is a superb mixture of slovenly charm and thinly concealed menace as Tom, and Sam Waterston a tower of total sanity as Nick. Director Jack Clayton seems overawed by the opulence of the production as well as by the mythic presence of Fitzgerald—and the result is a film of shimmering surface brilliance and almost complete lack of focus or substance (1974).