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Year
1939
Runtime
129 min.
Director
Frank Capra
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
77,263
Checks
16,043
Favs
1,326
Dislikes
68
Favs/checks
8.3% (1:12)
Favs/dislikes
20:1
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  1. jktomas's avatar

    jktomas

    It's not that the ending was bad, it's that it was too rushed. The film ended one minute after it reached it's culmination. There were no time left for everything to sink in. At least I think that that was the problem. Other than that, it's a very good and powerful movie. I almost wanted to be an american after watching it (you know, that free word and things like that sounds pretty awesome).
    Oh, there was one more thing I didn't like - the way all the kids were portrayed in the film. Real children don't act and don't talk anything like that. Yes, that's common in older movies, but here they went too over the top. Like for example those kids sitting at the table in the beginning of the film. Or my favorite - black 10 year old shouting "Come on, bring on the paper!". It felt like some kind of commercial or a propaganda film. But hell do I know? Maybe in America children do work in senate instead of going to school...
    5 years 6 months ago
  2. briafly27's avatar

    briafly27

    I LOVE this film. It's your classic James Stewart character. You feel his pain, love him immediately, and you're pulling for him all the way through. 2 years 11 months ago
  3. Lostio's avatar

    Lostio

    Absolutely stunning. Shamefully enough, I went to see it without really knowing what to expect. Captivated by its inclusion in various noteworthy lists and by its laudatory reviews (and because it's Capra and Stewart, after all), I decided to check it and was blown away. It's amazing how a simple story, simple characters and, in its core, an overall simple movie can convey such powerful emotions and transmit such a great and timeless message. Highly recommended. 3 years 10 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #5 in AFI's 100 years...100 cheers
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  2. This movie ranks #7 in 1930s
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  3. This movie ranks #9 in National Film Registry
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  4. This movie ranks #26 in AFI's 100 years...100 movies
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  5. This movie ranks #28 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
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  6. This movie ranks #40 in Comedy
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  7. This movie ranks #75 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  8. This movie ranks #96 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
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  9. This movie ranks #97 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
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  10. This movie ranks #101 in 501 Must See Movies
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  11. This movie ranks #122 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  12. This movie ranks #144 in Top 250
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  13. This movie ranks #218 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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  14. This movie ranks #572 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  15. This movie ranks #662 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  16. This movie ranks #791 in UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage
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