Monday, October 19, 2009

Director Victor Fleming Top 5 Movies

Victor Fleming got his start in the movie business as a cameraman during the silent era and worked with D.W. Griffith on Intolerance (1916), the most expensive movie made up until that point in time (at a cost of $489,653 or $9.7 million in 2008 $s).

Four of the movies Fleming later directed were nominated for Best Picture Oscars (Captains Courageous (1937), Test Pilot (1938), The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone With the Wind 1939) but he was nominated (and won) only one time for Gone With the Wind, which had had multiple directors - although Fleming was the only one to end up with the "Directed by" screen credit.

With a total of nine re-releases (1941, 1942, 1947, 1954, 1961, 1967, 1974, 1989 and 1998), following its initial 1939 release, Gone With the Wind is the #1 all-release domestic box office movie of all time (adjusted for ticket price inflation). In fact, its 1967 re-release made more money at the domestic box office than all original releases that year with the exception of The Graduate.

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