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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Movie Information

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781

Avg. Rating:

3.03/4

# of Ratings:

60

Genres:

Drama, Mystery

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

11/21/1946

Director:

William Wyler

Actors:

Fredric March
Dana Andrews
Hoagy Carmichael
Harold Russell
Myrna Loy
Teresa Wright

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Three WWII veteran return home to the towns they came from in which they realized that everything has changed while they were fighting for their country.

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Snoogans 04/01/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

An honest look at American issues and the troubles that returning war veterans faced at the time. I found it to be a well-written and acted drama, all about the examination of it's characters and the path laid out before them. I did think it was a bit overlong, but none of the running time is wasted. I even prefer this to 'The Deer Hunter'.

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mitchellyoung 10/07/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Fantastically acted - the particular plot with the soldier who loses a hand feels extremely contemporary and moving. I actually don't understand some of the hate for this film on this site. It's pretty moving.

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sapien 04/06/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

The Best Years of Our Lives was the worst hour-and-a-half of my life. lol. Nah, it wasn't quite that bad!

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  Daniel Corleone
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01/11/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Best Years of Our Lives review

A story that revolves around World War II soldiers Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), Homer Parrish (Harold Russell), and Al Stephenson (Fredric March). Al has a family namely Milly (Myrna Loy), adult daughter Peggy (Teresa Wright), and son Rob. Their lives will be intertwined and complicated after they got home.

Score, direction, screenplay and acting were superb. If only the pace and length were better and the cheese factor could have been removed. Some memorable lines: Milly - "How many times have we had to fall in love all over again?" Fred - "It may take us years to get anywhere. We'll have no money, no decent place to live. We'll have to work, get kicked around." The Best Years of Our Lives is a well crafted picture with themes of sacrifice, compromise, hardships and true love.

Rating of
3/4 

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  Ichabod Crane
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02/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Effective but not perfect.

An effective but not perfect film about returning veterans. Basically gives three probable examples of problems war veterans would face. In this case finding a job out of the military, grown family and vet ran having to deal with a physical disability due to war. The last is the best and most effective, the job one is almost perfect but a little quick, and the growing family never is that much of a problem to get over in the movie. He also deals with the banking policies which is never fully resolved. Anyways effective enough gives you the feeling of what it would be like so it is good. I do think that its a Wonderful Life another best picture contender was even better.

Oscar Win Best Actor Frederich March 2/5- Frederich March is okay in this and he might of been a 3 if he had just p...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Delorted
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12/04/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), Homer Parrish (Harold Russell), and Al Stephenson (Frederic March) were three World War II veterans who came home after the war. They each face difficulty adjusting back to normal life in the Best Picture winning film, “The Best Years of Our Lives.”

After a bit of thinking, I realized that this is a very deep film. The title itself can be taken in several different ways. I to date have never known anyone who has gone off to war, so I hadn’t thought of this subject matter until now.

While the acting was a little too average for the time, the movie is real and emotional. The characters all have their own personal lives that are ruined and at times saved because of their experiences in the war.

“The Best Years of Our Lives” is an okay movie, albeit a littl...

Rating of
3/4 

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