The Last Tycoon

The Last Tycoon is a 1976 American period romantic drama film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Sam Spiegel, based upon Harold Pinter's screenplay adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel The Last Tycoon. It stars Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jack Nicholson, Donald Pleasence, Jeanne Moreau, Theresa Russell and Ingrid Boulting.


Set in the 1930s, Monroe Stahr is a young production chief and the most creative executive of one of the biggest studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood studio noted for his intuitive ability to make critically acclaimed and financially profitable films. Working long hours that compromise his health, Stahr is active in all facets of moviemaking. During the viewing of dailies, he provides specific and inspired orders for editing the footage. From a discreet distance, he oversees the production of a film of the Writers Guild of America, and watches an aging diva, Didi, undermine the authority of director Red Ridingwood. Stahr mourns for his deceased wife, Minna Davis, a famous actress whose dressing room has been left as a memorial and is a highlight of the studio's public tours.