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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Romance, drama, laughter and heartbreak... created out of the very heart and soil of America!
Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.
In the middle of Mr Smith Goes to Washington, our overenthusiastic but lovable protagonist Jefferson Smith has this to say:
Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that.
That's beautiful. That piece of dialogue right there convinced me once and for all that Frank Capra's film had its heart in the right place. After that, I dropped all my doubts and allowed the film's over-optimistic but admirable sentiments to wash over me.
It's worth noting that…
Film #27 of Project 30
”Dad always used to say the only causes worth fighting for were the lost causes.”
In his first major cinematic role the mighty James Stewart uses his incredible talent to portray the passionate and idealistic Jefferson Smith whose innocence and determination enable him to stand up and fight the corruption, dishonesty and deceitfulness of the villainous senators, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the typical Frank Capra movie, a heart-warming, idealistic and feel-good story filled with hope, faith and courage. It is an inspiring and cheerful celebration of bravery and character strength which at times becomes very affective and emotionally stimulating too, Jimmie Stewart’s performance is sensational and the film gives a pretty good –…
As timely today as it was 75 years ago, Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is an enchanting political fairy tale. Instead of knights jousting with dragons, the film finds idealistic senators taking on corruption in government. The film is painted in broad narrative and thematic strokes, but it is a pleasing, entertaining piece of work whose delights are many.
Jefferson Smith, appointed by his state's governor to serve in the US Senate, is the focus of the film. In Washington, Smith is floored by the American seat of power both in terms of the city's history and its obstinate governing bodies. The corruption is thick here and at home, and Smith soon finds himself fighting against the political…
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington may have been filmed in black and white, but it very clearly plays in red, white, and blue. This story of a naïve young patriot who is brought to Washington to be a patsy for some corrupt senators should have been a very miserable experience for me, what with its loving tongue-bath to the glory of America, however, it never once felt like the jingoistic mess it could have been. A big part of this is because the film doesn't assault you with patriotic ideals so much as it expresses them in an endearing, “aw shucks” kind of way. To this end, James Stewart is perfect in the title role,…
During the acceptance speech for his AFI Lifetime Achievement award, Director Frank Capra took a moment to share some advice with the young filmmakers of the day. "Don't compromise," Mr. Capra cautioned, "believe in yourself; because only the valiant can create, only the daring should make films, and only the morally corageous are worthy of speaking to their fellow man for two hours and in the dark."
I can think of few directors who are so worthy of such a privilege, and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is a prime example as to why. Frank Capra presents an unflinching look into political corruption at the national level, and through this dialectic analysis offers a true-blue American ideal in the form…
"He was waiting for a man who could see his job and sail into it, that's what he was waiting for."
- Clarissa Saunders
Frank Capra, a man of many masterpieces, has probably never created a film as fine as this. Extremely relevant to today's society, it is truly astounding to think just how timeless this film has become. Jimmy Stewart portrays Jefferson Smith, a replacement senator who comes to learn of the corruption within the U.S senate and is determined to see peace and glory return despite the overwhelming odds surrounding him.
Jefferson Smith has earned a spot on AFI's Heroes and Villains list, placed currently at #11. Jimmy Stewart's portrayal of Smith is arguably his second finest behind…
The beginning was a little to fast, some of the dialogue was to long in a few scenes, and when the exciting stuff was going down I enjoyed it.
What a performance from James Stewart, What a direction from Frank Capra. Presentation of a bill in the start by James Stewart is wonderful piece of performance.
This film should be watched by national assemblies of different countries.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Watching this film should be a requirement for anyone running for a political office, or has a heart for America and the ideals of our founding fathers.
They just don't make movies like these anymore. *sigh*
What a lovely piece of propaganda this was. I thank god Frank Capra was an American for his films are quite persuasive. To imagine Capra as our version of Riefenstahl is an interesting point of view and not without merit. Frank Capra is one of America’s premier propagandists and one of the most effective. Capra created the American dream, its concept and its practice. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is more like an indoctrination than a cinematic expression. Quite heavy handed, yet only partially nauseating, his film changed American views about America itself. Capra redefined patriotism for next hundred years. In 1939, a propaganda film of this caliber was absolutely necessary. A call to war disguised as a love letter…
Probably most idealistic film ever made, unsurprisingly directed by Capra, whose films always have very strong moral values. Stewart is stellar as a naive, passionate man, who goes on a fight against political corruption. It's a very touching film. I don't believe anything like this could be made nowadays, when choosing between two wrongs is considered common sense, mediocrity is like a new religion, and any idealism is considered childish. Well, fuck that. I'm with you, Jimmy!
I ADORE this movie. Fantastic performances from everyone in the whole cast, keeps you interested, great directing, great writing, great everything. Never over the final scene. If you haven't seen it, please do.
A major Hollywood classic from the '30s, Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was the film that made James Stewart a star. It is without a doubt one of the greatest films from its time and Stewart himself delivers one of his most astonishing performances.
Jefferson Smith is a fantastically constructed and relatable character that is simply too honest to be a politician, something that makes the others take him for a fool, and following his ideals he decides to stand up to the U.S. Senate to make the people's voice be heard.
The movie aims its criticism towards political corruption, and since that is something that sadly will never cease to exist, this film will never stop being relevant and worth-watching. It was magnificently well written, Capra's direction was superb, and the acting was wonderful.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about one man's effect on American politics. It was directed by Frank Capra and written by Sidney Buchman, based on Lewis R. Foster's unpublished story. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was controversial when it was released, but also successful at the box office, and made Stewart a major movie star. The film features a bevy of well-known supporting actors and actresses, among them Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell and Beulah Bondi.
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