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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

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31 July 2003 | ss5921
10
| An Extraordinary Picture
Sometimes, but very rarely, a movie tells a story so well that it almost becomes difficult. This movie tells several stories so well simultaneously that it was the first few times a movie I could not watch to completion. It was too real....and the characters SO STRONG that watching it became a personal struggle. Seeing these three men and their families deal with their hardships, one in particular, often hit me too hard. Now, I have watched in its entirety without interruption several times, and I realize what I always suspected. This movie is a masterpiece. The writing, the acting, the blending of several stories without being even the least bit choppy, everything about this movie is exceptional. Seven Academy Awards? No wonder, it certainly must have deserved them.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first film recorded in stereo using the Westrex Recording System. The stereophonic version exists in the form of studio acetate masters, but they were never married to the picture. Only a handful of theaters were equipped for multi-channel sound at the time of its original release.


Quotes

Homer Parrish: I'm lucky. I have my elbows. Some of the boys don't. But I can't button them up.
Wilma Cameron: I'll do that, Homer.
Homer Parrish: This is when I know I'm helpless. My hands are down there on the bed. I can't put them on again without calling to somebody for help. I can't smoke...


Goofs

When the three war veterans board the B-17, the insignia on the side of the fuselage is correct for post-World War II (after September 1945), a white star on a blue disc with white bars on the left and right sides of the disc. However, when the B-17 is taking off, there is a brief glimpse of just a white star on a blue disc with no white side bars, the official insignia used from August 1942 to June 1943.


Crazy Credits

Only twelve cast members are listed in the opening credits. Cathy O'Donnell receives an "and introducing" credit before her name. Victor Cutler, who plays Woody, is listed last in the opening credits but does not appear in the cast list of 23 names in the end credits.


Alternate Versions

The film was modified to play on a wide screen and reissued on February 3, 1954.


Soundtracks

Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by
Dan Russo and Ernie Erdman
Played on piano by Hoagy Carmichael

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Drama | Romance | War

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