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AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra (1982)

The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra (original title)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Capra ... Self - Honoree
Charlton Heston ... Self
James Stewart ... Self - Host (as Jimmy Stewart)
Bette Davis ... Self
Claudette Colbert ... Self
Lou Capra Lou Capra ... Self (Mrs. Frank Capra)
Bob Hope ... Self
Peter Falk ... Self
Lionel Stander ... Self
Jack Lemmon ... Self
Burgess Meredith ... Self
Hal Linden ... Self
Fred MacMurray ... Self
Steve Martin ... Self
Telly Savalas ... Self


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Great Tribute to Capra
6 August 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra (1982)

**** (out of 4)

As a film buff it's impossible not to get excited over some of these older AFI Life Achievement Award ceremonies because there are just so many legends in them. This one here is honoring the great Frank Capra and we get James Stewart hosting. We also get appereances from Bette Davis, Charlton Heston, Claudette Colbert, Peter Falk, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon and several others.

I really wish more of these episodes would get released but it seems the various use of film clips are preventing them. That's really too bad because there are so many legends here that you can't help but be really entertained while you watch it. The Capra tribute was a very good one and you can tell that the director was touched by the various comments and especially with some of the stories shared by Stewart.

Of all the guest speakers it's probably Davis who gets the biggest laughs when she talks about Capra having to deal with certain bad people, herself included. There's also a nice little tribute from Colbert who pays homage to Capra as well as Clark Gable.

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4 April 1982 (USA) See more »

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