Leonardo DiCaprio’s Killers Of The Flower Moon Is One Of Longest Movies Since Gone With The Wind

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Killers of the Flower Moon reported runtime makes it one of the longest movies in history since 1939’s Gone With The Wind.

As Leonardo DiCaprio’s Killers of the Flower Moon prepares for its premiere at Cannes, the reported runtime makes it one of the longest movies in history since 1939’s Gone with the Wind. Based on the book of the same name by David Grann, the upcoming Western crime movie foretells a mystery behind the murders of several Osage tribe members in the 1920s, which coincidentally happens as oil is discovered on their tribal land. Alongside DiCpario portraying the lead role, Martin Scorsese helms as the film’s director.

Killers of the Flower Moon‘s runtime has been disclosed based on a few reports. While the exact runtime has yet to be confirmed, The Movie Database listed the movie’s theatrical runtime as 3 hours and 54 minutes. However, in an interview with Variety, Cannes Film Festival’s director Thierry Fremaux was asked about the movie’s runtime.

While he was unsure of the film’s final cut, he stated it is five minutes longer than Once Upon a Time in America (if the extended cut, 4 hours and 11 minutes). If so, the movie’s extended cut could run up to 4 hours and 16 minutes. Screen Rant has reached out to Apple for confirmation but has not heard back in time of publication.

Killers Of The Flower Moon’s Runtime Is Historic

While taking into account the intermission time and overture, Gone with the Wind runs approximately 3 hours and 58 minutes, which is only four minutes longer than Scorsese’s film reported runtime. In contrast, Fremaux doesn’t specify which version of Once Upon a Time in America he is comparing it to since there were three different cuts. The extended cut hits over four hours, while the United States version was only 2 hours and 19 minutes. The European release was much longer at 3 hours and 49 minutes, in which Fremaux’s estimation would line up with the length set by The Movie Database.

While over three-hour movies are not unusual in the mainstream, such as the Avatar movies and Avengers: Endgame, a near-four-hour length is a rarity. Still, Killers of the Flower Moon could become one of the longest American movies in history, joining the likes of movies such as Lawrence of Arabia (3 hours and 42 minutes), Ben-Hur (3 hours and 32 minutes), and 1996’s Hamlet (4 hours and 2 minutes). It would also become one of the longest movies in the 21st century.

The runtime is also a record for Scorsese and DiCaprio, who have regularly worked on lengthy films. Scorsese’s longest movies include The Irishman (3 hours and 29 minutes) and Wolf of Wall Street (3 hours), which starred frequent collaborator DiCaprio. DiCaprio’s career longest film was Titanic (3 hours and 14 minutes), and he featured in many nearly three-hour movies, such as Django Unchained (2 hours and 45 minutes). Now, Killers of the Flower Moon will break that feat for both director and actor. With Oscar buzz already surrounding it, its lengthiness may affect those responses, but it could still become one of the most competitive movies in the upcoming award season.

Source: ScreenRant