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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Movie Information

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157

Avg. Rating:

3.24/4

# of Ratings:

223

Genres:

Drama

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

10/19/1939

Director:

Frank Capra

Actors:

Jean Arthur
James Stewart
Claude Rains
Edward Arnold
Guy Kibbee
Thomas Mitchell

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A young man is appointed to the US Senate where he battles for what he knows is right, although it brings him down mentally.

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FSUNoles27TS 12/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

A great story about fighting for what you believe in. Also shows the ability of how one man can make a change.

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Snoogans 10/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

Some well-aimed commentary about congress and a fine performance from Stewart. There wasn't much else here that appealed to me and it was overlong. Still, a well directed film.

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Alaine 12/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

This one still holds up and still has teeth. Congress tried to ban it in its time.

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mitchellyoung 08/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A classic example of the everyman hero, skillfully directed by Frank Carpa and with an iconic and humble performance by Jimmy Stewart. One of film's greatest.

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  Daniel Corleone
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05/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington review

If you enjoyed The Insider, this will be a treat for you. Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) was elected as Senator with the aid of Hubert "Happy" Hopper (Guy Kibbee). The efficient Secretary Clarissa Saunders (Jean Arthur) orients Smith on how to create a bill. He likewise fancies the Senator Joseph Paine’s (Claude Rains) daughter Susan (Astrid Allwyn). some observations that are unlikely was the kids being violently threatened and hurt, length of the hearing and how the crowd’s reaction were not controlled well during the emotional scenes, which made it into a circus. Exceptional screenplay with lines from Jefferson – “Open your eyes and always see life around you as if you'd just come out of a long tunnel.” “There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with ...

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02/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" by Yojimbo

A fresh faced and idealistic young man is elected to the US senate, but when he finds that he is meant to be nothing more than a puppet of big business interests he tries to buck the system from within. The part Jimmy Stewart was born to play, he is perfect as the optimistic everyman who is shocked by the reality of the political system. In this day and age of political spin, Frank Capra's trademark rose-tinting looks terribly naive, but characters such as Claude Rains' ex-idealist who learned to "play ball" and the cold hearted fatcat Edward Arnold, manipulating democracy for his own selfish ends still feel extremely familiar. This is one of those rooting for the little guy stories that makes you switch off your world weary cynicism and believe that the good guys can win, for a couple of...

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