The story concentrates on the social re-adjustment of three World War II servicemen, each from a different station of society. Al Stephenson returns to an influential banking position, but finds it hard to reconcile his loyalties to ex-servicemen with new commercial realities. Fred Derry is an ordinary working man who finds it difficult to hold down a job or pick up the threads of his marriage. Having had both hands burnt off during the war, Homer Parrish is unsure that his fiancée's feelings are still those of love and not those of pity. Each of the veterans faces a crisis upon his arrival, and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home. Written by
Tell me the truth, Homer. Do you want me to forget about you?
I want you to be free, Wilma, to live your own life. I don't want you tied down forever just because you've got a kind heart.
Oh, Homer! Why can't you ever understand the way things really are, the way I really feel? I keep trying to tell you.
But, but you don't know, Wilma. You don't know what it'd be like to have to live with me. To have to face this
every day, every night.
But I can only find out by trying. And if it ...
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Very glad to see that this excellent film gets such high marks from the users of IMDB. The Best Years of Their Lives remains the finest cinematic statement about veterans returning from war that I have come across. Easily the finest performance by the often overlooked Frederick March. In fact the entire cast shines, including music legend Hoagy Carmichael who treats us all with a subtle version of his classic Lazy River. I would recommend this excellent film to anyone who loves movies.
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