How Long Is Gone With The Wind (And Why)?

How Long Is Gone With The Wind (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 3 Hours 58 Minutes

Movies are one of the best forms of entertainment and have been around for a very long time, and more than millions love watching movies. There are millions of genres and the length of the movies can differ widely. Some movies last for about 2 hours, while some even have a running time of more than 3 hours. Some people like watching long movies, while some prefer watching movies with average running time.

One movie with one of the longest-running times is Gone with the Wind, which was released in 1939. The total running time of the movie is 3 hours 58 minutes, which probably makes Gone with the Wind one of the longest movies ever filmed. The movie is the adaptation of the novel Gone with the Wind, written and created by Margaret Mitchell.

How Long Is Gone With The Wind

How Long Is Gone With The Wind?

Gone with the windMovie Length and Timeline
Running time in hours3 hours 58 minutes
Running time in minutes226 minutes
Release year1940

The novel, Gone with the Wind was created by Margaret Mitchell in 1936, and since the story was so good, Victor Fleming decided to make a film adaptation of it. The movie was produced by David O.Selznick, directed by Victor Fleming. The main cast of the movie includes Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard, Leslie Howard, and Clark Gable. The cinematography of the movie is done by Ernest Haller and it was edited by James E.Newcom and Hal C Kem.

The movie had a great album, and the music director of the movie is Max Steiner. The movie was Selznick International Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The distribution of the movie was taken care of by Loew’s Inc. The running time of the movie is 221 minutes, and the movie was premiered in Atlanta on December 15th, 1939. The movie was shot and released only in English and it was one of the biggest blockbusters of its time.

Though the movie had a very troubled production, it certainly became one of the most popular and loved movies of all time. The movie belongs to the genre of epic historical romance and the movie happens during the era of the American Civil War, set with the background of the American Civil War. The story of Gone with the Wind is gripping and is certainly one of the most romantic films of all time.

Why Is Gone With The Wind That Long?

The film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the main character of the story around whom the story revolves. The role was perfectly played by Vivien Leight, who fell in love with Ashley Wilkes. The characters of Ashely Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton also play a very important role in the storyline. Scarlett O’Hara will be married to Rhett Butter, who was played by Clark Gable. Ashely was played by Leslie Howard and Melanie was played by Olivia.

According to the producers, the role of Scarlett was finally cast after many rounds of auditions and much scrutiny, and more than 1400 were interviewed. Finally, Vivien was selected after much consideration.

The filming took place for a very long time, and completing the music production and editing process took a while too. The main reason why the movie was filmed with a running time of 3 hours 58 minutes is that the story itself was very complex and if the running time of the movie was shortened anymore, the directors taught it would be very hard to narrate the entire story. The editors, producers, and directors concluded that, if any other part of the movie was cut off, the movie would be completely incoherent.


The movie received great reviews after it was released, but according to the audience, the only disadvantage of the movie was its long running time. It still is one of the movies with the longest running time in the history of world cinema. The audience felt it was really difficult to watch due to its long-running time, even with its mind-capturing story.

It became one of the highest-earning films during its year of release and according to film critics, it is the highest-grossing film ever shot. The movie also received several awards and it even set the record for the highest number of nominations.


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