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Year
1946
Runtime
172 min.
Director
William Wyler
Genres
Drama, Romance, War
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
41,610
Checks
6,792
Favs
661
Dislikes
41
Favs/checks
9.7% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
16:1
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  1. devilsadvocado's avatar

    devilsadvocado

    Interesting how Frederic March was regarded as one of the greatest living actors of his time (major inspiration to Brando) and yet you never hear him mentioned anymore. This was his self-proclaimed most important film role and he certainly does stand out among this ensemble of medium-hitters (one of the more convincing drunks I've seen on screen).

    Overall, this is a wonderful, relatively realistic (for its time) post-war picture with just the right balance of cynicism and hope. You really have to admire the direction that William Wyler took here, a soldier himself who had just returned from overseas months before beginning this production. It's plainly evident just how personal of a project this was for him. According to IMDB, his aim was to have a no-frills production and shoot it almost like a documentary (I guess they had a different idea of what documentary style was back then). Whatever superficial frills do show up in the final product are apparently the result of studio interference -- notably the score, which Wyler detested.

    I certainly have to give the man props.
    4 years 2 months ago
  2. Rodney Dangerfield's avatar

    Rodney Dangerfield

    Three men dealing with the consequences of the sacrifices they made during the war and the brotherhood and fraternity that develops on their arrival home. Honest and caring without ever being over-sentimental. 3 years 11 months ago
  3. Virtual Virago's avatar

    Virtual Virago

    A great film - one of the best cinematic commentaries on the ways in which the war altered the lives of the men and women who lived through it. The ensemble cast all convey the emotional complexities of their situations, but you'd have to be made of stone not to respond to Harold Russell's performance as Homer. 4 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #1 in BAFTA - Best Film
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  2. This movie ranks #4 in Golden Globe Best Picture Winners
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  3. This movie ranks #11 in AFI's 100 years...100 cheers
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  4. This movie ranks #15 in National Film Registry
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  5. This movie ranks #20 in Academy Award Best Pictures
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  6. This movie ranks #23 in 1940s
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  7. This movie ranks #37 in AFI's 100 years...100 movies
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  8. This movie ranks #39 in War
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  9. This movie ranks #48 in Romance
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  10. This movie ranks #51 in 100 Must-See Films Of The 20th Century
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  11. This movie ranks #80 in All Time Box Office
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  12. This movie ranks #85 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  13. This movie ranks #85 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  14. This movie ranks #105 in 501 Must See Movies
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  15. This movie ranks #153 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
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  16. This movie ranks #162 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  17. This movie ranks #180 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  18. This movie ranks #182 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  19. This movie ranks #192 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  20. This movie ranks #239 in Top 250
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  21. This movie ranks #239 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  22. This movie ranks #249 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  23. This movie ranks #278 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  24. This movie ranks #302 in Empire 500
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  25. This movie ranks #317 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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  26. This movie ranks #317 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  27. This movie ranks #795 in UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage
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