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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | War  -  3 October 1947 (France)
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Three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

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Mrs. Parrish
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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veteran | banker | marriage | love | pity | See more »

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THE SCREEN'S GREATEST LOVE STORY IS THE BEST FILM THIS YEAR FROM HOLLYWOOD! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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3 October 1947 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Glory for Me  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$23,650,000 (USA)
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Harold Russell was first discovered by William Wyler when he saw an army training film called Diary of a Sergeant (1945) that Russell had appeared in about the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen. See more »

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When Peggy makes scrabbled eggs and toast for Fred she brings the eggs to the table but not the toast. The next camera shot shows Fred taking toast from the table that was never brought there. See more »

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An Extraordinary Picture
31 July 2003 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

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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