MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 6,230 this week

Frank Capra's American Dream (1997)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Documentary, Biography
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 175 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 4 critic

Ron Howard hosts a biography of the life and career of filmmaker Frank Capra, including interviews with the director's friends, colleagues and admirers.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2063 titles
created 11 Nov 2012
 
a list of 304 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 1737 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Frank Capra's American Dream (TV Movie 1997)

Frank Capra's American Dream (TV Movie 1997) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Frank Capra's American Dream.
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix
Lost Horizon (1937)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange
Eden II (2014)
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The life of a French DJ who's credited with inventing "French house" or the "French touch," a type of French electronic music that became popular in the 1990s.

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Stars: Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne
Marty (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love, meet at a dance and fall in love.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who's actually a reporter looking for a story.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
The Birds (1963)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to implement.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Fultah Fisher runs a boarding house catering to seamen passing through the port. A girl known as Anne of Austria has had many lovers amongst the sailors, but presently she's known to be the... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Mildred Owens, Ethan Allen, Olaf Skavlan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself - Host and Narrator
...
Himself - Interviewee: Director
Jeanine Basinger ...
Herself - Interviewee: Curator, Capra Archives, Weslayan University
Edward Bernds ...
Himself - Interviewee: Sound Technician / Director
Frank Capra Jr. ...
Himself - Interviewee: Producer (archive footage)
Tom Capra ...
Himself - Interviewee: Producer
Allen Daviau ...
Himself - Interviewee
...
Himself - Interviewee: Director (as André DeToth)
...
Himself - Interviewee: Actor
...
Himself - Interviewee: Director
...
Himself - Interviewee: Actor
...
Herself - Interviewee: Writer / Director
...
Himself - Interviewee: Director
...
Himself - Interviewee: Director
...
Himself - Interviewee: Actor
Edit

Storyline

The life and career of legendary, three-time Oscar winner Frank Capra is explored in this acclaimed documentary through clips from his films, interviews with friends, family, and co-workers, and revealing archival film including footage of Capra himself. The director started as a poor Italian immigrant and through ambition, hard work, and talent singlehandedly put Poverty Row Columbia Studios on the map with classics like "American Madness," "Lost Horizon," and "Meet John Doe," as well as Oscar winners "It Happened One Night," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," and "You Can't Take It with You,'' culminating with his masterpiece, "It's a Wonderful Life." Capra's professional and personal philosophy of "One man, one film predated the auteur theory by decades. Capra's wartime service and educational TV experience are detailed along with his two last features, "A Hole in the Head" and "Pocketful of Miracles," made after the collapse of the studio system resulting in the director's premature ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief war footage and mild language
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Frank Capra e o Sonho Americano  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Narrator Howard states that one hour was edited out of 'Lost Horizon" by Columbis studio boss Harry Cohn without Capra's consent. In Capra's biography, "The Name above the Title" the director claims that that the preview audience laughed at the oriental melodramatics in the first two reels which preceded the airport panic that the film in its present state opens with. Capra states that the audience compared it unfavorably with Fu Manchu movies. An upset Capra claims he took the first two reels home and burned them in his furnace without consulting Cohn. See more »

Quotes

John Cassavetes prologue: Maybe there really wasn't an America. Maybe it was only Frank Capra.
See more »

Connections

Features Meet John Doe (1941) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A must for all film students.
16 February 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

How can you go wrong with a doco about a great Yankee humanitarian like Capra and having the likes of Scorsese, Dreyfuss, Oliver Stone and so on, praise the man himself? This conservative structured doco takes us from A to Z of Capra's career.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?