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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…
In this movie classic, an idealistic boy scout leader (literally) becomes a senator in Washington, until his dreams and ideas are challenged by a corrupt system and he becomes the David against the oppressing political Goliath.
While this movie is idealistic, romanticized and brimming with sentimentalism, I can't help but feel that it is also more relevant than ever. Nowadays we see even more corruption, misappropriation, cheating, wealth divides and capitalism than ever, so to stand up for truth, justice and the "little guy" becomes even more important every day.
James Stewart gives an incredibly strong performance in this, one for the ages, but the ending feels a little too wrapped up and not quite the satisfying conclusion we'd expect…
watched 75th anniversary restoration on Blu-ray
Jimmy Stewart may be my favorite actor of all time. Also: Jean Arthur is fantastic in this.
75 years later, this film’s themes about the press, political corruption, accountability, and democracy still resonate with truth. The film’s not quite as emotionally charged as It’s A Wonderful Life, but it’s full of equal parts rage and hope, and the ending packs a wallop.
I suppose you can gather how effective this movie is by the fact that it was banned or dubbed throughout Europe at the time and called anti-American when it was released because it dared to suggest politicians can be corrupt. Should be required watching for any politician although I doubt real people would be as affected as the hyper-idealistic people in Frank Capra's universe.
Not quite as good as I remembered, but still a very solid classic from Capra and Stewart. And 75 years later, it's still quite relevant.
Another great looking classic on blu.
One of my Top Ten favorite films of all time- Jimmy Stewart is wonderful as the innocent Jefferson Smith who finds himself up against "the MAN" up in Washington. He's kind, he's passionate, and MAN, the final act, SO INTENSE!!!!!!
Additionally, this is the movie that first introduced me to adorable Jean Arthur, and from here I had to go and see every movie of hers I could find!!!
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is as unsubtle of a movie as has ever existed, but it's effective. There's a reason it's one of the all-time greats. It's magnificent.
The new Blu-ray release coming out Tuesday is a great restoration.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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