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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Movie Information

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William Wyler


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





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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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04/21/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Best Years of Our Lives

As you may already know, melodrama and patriotism do not live in harmony with my cinematic criticism, and even so, I must raise my hand and highlight the overabundant optimism, thought-provoking fables and a war nostalgia perfectly captured on film. Multiphacetic characters are developed passionately as they have to confront their personal demons while reassuming their societal roles and placing their existentialist priorities. Wyler transforms 172 minutes of plot development and hard-to-digest events in 120 minutes of laughs, tears and meaningful conclusions. The optimism of the now-pretentious figures like Spielberg and Eastwood are found here, in every frame, in every moment. This can be labeled as the official response to WWII by the US in the same way Roma, Cittą Aperta and Ladri di ...

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

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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.

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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...

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