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Our Town -- Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.

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Director:
Writers:
Thornton Wilder (play)
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Release Date:
24 May 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
I don't want to get married.....I'M AFRAID! See more »
Plot:
Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Visual, Aural Poetry See more (46 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Sam Wood 
 
Writing credits
Thornton Wilder (play)

Thornton Wilder (screenplay) &
Frank Craven (screenplay) &
Harry Chandlee (screenplay)

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
 
Original Music by
Aaron Copland 
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon 
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
 
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies 
 
Art Direction by
Lewis J. Rachmil 
 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Barney Briskin .... production manager (uncredited)
Alfred Raboch .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Sherwood .... assistant director
Lee Sholem .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Julia Heron .... interiors
Harry Horner .... associate production designer
 
Sound Department
Paul Neal .... sound technician
Thomas T. Moulton .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward P. Lambert .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Irvin Talbot .... orchestral director
Jerome Moross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Edward P. Goodnow .... technical advisor
Sol Lesser .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
90 min | 89 min (Hypercube restored version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6071)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Mr. Webb says that of the residents of Grover's Corners, 86% are Republican, 12% are Democrats and 4% are indifferent. That's a total of 102%.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Julia Hersey Gibbs:It seems to me, once in your life, before you die, you ought to see a country where they don't speak any English and they don't even want to.See more »
Soundtrack:
Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Languid?See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Visual, Aural Poetry, 15 May 2000
Author: ivan-22 from Los Angeles

"Our Town" was like a dramatized sermon about the fleeting nature of life and the need to appreciate every moment to the fullest. It depicted life in a small town, relying heavily on narration. I was astonished, that such a flimsy (though charming) movie should boast a Thornton Wilder script and an Aaron Copland score. Despite its flimsiness, this movie is infinitely more lovable than similar movies, like "It's a Wonderful Life". It was blissfully devoid of drama, its mood was poetic, pleasing to the eye and ear, the dialogue fairly articulate and intelligent. The most poignant line was a girl saying to her mother: "Mom, am I pretty enough to Interest anyone?"

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