The Last Tycoon is a 1976 American romance 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.
The film was the second collaboration between Kazan and Spiegel, who worked closely together to make On the Waterfront. Fitzgerald based the novel’s protagonist, Monroe Stahr, on film producer Irving Thalberg. Spiegel was once awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
The Last Tycoon did not receive the critical acclaim that much of Kazan’s earlier work received, considering the level of talent involved, but it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Gene Callahan, Jack T. Collis, and Jerry Wunderlich).
The story itself was Fitzgerald’s last, unfinished novel, as well as the last film Kazan directed, even though he lived until 2003.