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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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Darryl F. Zanuck's Wilson  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,000,000
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Trivia

Made its US DVD debut in March 2013. 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 »

Quotes

Professor Henry Holmes: Now I know why the Democratic Party chose a jackass for a mascot.
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Dull
9 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a film I've wanted to see for a long time since it was nominated for best picture and won a bunch of Oscars in 1944 (in what may be considered one of the weakest years for the Oscar with "Going My Way" winning best film (over the great "Double Indemnity") and Bing Crosby winning best actor). Worldwide as well this was not a great year, as I could only find "A Canterbury Tale", "Ivan the Terrible" and "Henry the V" as memorable films made that year (you could add "Laura" and a couple of Preston Sturges comedies. Blame it on the war). I was also interested in watching a color film made in 1944 in order to compare it with the great British color films made at that time. All in all, the cinematography was very good but the film was dull as hell, I suppose because Wilson was boring as hell and was interpreted by Alexander Knox who gave a performance boring as hell. I heard Henry Fonda was considered for the part and that would have certainly helped the quality of the film and its box office, which was terrible. Regarding historical accuracy, I leave that to others who have studied the matter.


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