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Wilson (1944)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, History | August 1945 (USA)
A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

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The political career of Woodrow Wilson is chronicled, beginning with his decision to leave his post at Princeton to run for Governor of New Jersey, and his subsequent ascent to the Presidency of the United States. During his terms in office, Wilson must deal with the death of his first wife, the onslaught of German hostilities leading to American involvement in the Great War, and his own country's reticence to join the League of Nations. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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August 1945 (USA)  »

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Darryl F. Zanuck's Wilson  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Cinematographer Leon Shamroy replaced Ernest Palmer, who fell ill during production. See more »

Goofs

At 2:11:00 of the movie, Wilson (Alexander Knox) signs the Treaty of Versailles, a stage prop which contains a number of errors: (1) In the real document, the real Wilson's signature appears on a blank page following the end of Article 440, not immediately beneath the article. (2) In the real document, the word "transmitted" isn't hyphenated across a line break. (3) In the stage prop, the word "transmitted" is incorrectly hyphenated "tran-smitted" - it should be "trans-mitted". See more »

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Woodrow Wilson: I'm sorry I won't be able to stay for the inauguration ceremonies, but Mr. Harding and Mr. Coolidge have been kind enough to excuse me. I told them it was bad enough for the senate to throw me down without my stumbling and falling up the steps on my own account.
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A Bit Long In The Tooth, But A Decent Bio
17 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know how many modern-day film viewers would sit through this long a biography (154 minutes) of a fairly boring man but it moves pretty well and is generally entertaining account of our 28th U.S. President, Woodrow Wilson.

When I watched this, I was unfamiliar with the lead actor, Alexander Knox, and I still am! However, he did a fine job as Wilson. The supporting cast did have some "names," such as Charles Coburn, Thomas Mitchell, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Ruth Nelson and much more.

When they made Technicolor films of the 1940s, which wasn't often, they were very pretty and this one is, too. They also did a nice job re-creating the early 20th century.

It's a nice film but nothing memorable, to be honest, and certainly biased in favor of Wilson....but still worth seeing. With it's length, one viewing would be enough.


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