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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.
Infused with heavy dose of patriotism, exhibiting excellent use of humour & starring James Stewart in the role that instantly propelled the then-young actor into the spotlight, Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is another quality product from the notable filmmaker that skilfully presents its support of democracy & is now counted amongst the great American films of its era.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington follows the political adventures of Jefferson Smith; leader of The Boy Rangers who is appointed by the State Governor to fill a vacancy in the US Senate after the untimely death of the previous Senator. Young, naive & idealistic, Smith discovers an entirely different world on his arrival to Washington & soon decides to stand up against corruption.…
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…
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…
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 –…
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…
Jimmy Stewart gives a performance that would make my top 10 favorite acting performances, and this movie easily makes my Top 100 movies of all time. I'd never thought I'd such a sentimental political film would be so moving and kickass. Jefferson Smith, you got my vote. And Jean Arthur fills me with butterflies; she's an awesome independent woman. It's great cinema.
Also a special appreciation has to go to Thomas Mitchell who easily must've had the greatest acting year in the greatest year of cinema (1939). He was in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Gone With the Wind, Stagecoach, and Only Angels Have Wings (Holy Shit that's top notch!). And he was a unique character in each one. He deserves more of a fan base.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington has a lot going for it that make it such an excellent film, but really only in the sense of drama. It has fantastic acting, an excellent script, and great direction. On the technical side it really fumbles around a bit, and left a pretty disappointing taste in my mouth because of it.
Jimmy Stewart is the man. He kind of has one real character going for him, but damn it if he doesn't kill it every time. He has the highs and the lows and you can't help but listen every time he's on screen. What a stud, and that's enough said about him.
I was sort of awaken by Claude Rains during the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There’s over the top sentimentality that verges on sickening. There’s over the top patriotism that becomes jingoism. There’s melodramatic acting that can take the most compelling story and make it seem over the top and corny. Then there’s sentimentality that strikes just the right note of hopefulness, patriotism that makes you feel like the world can be a better place, melodramatic acting that heightens everything just enough to make it feel that little bit more emotional. That’s what you get in Mr Smith Goes to Washington.
After the death of a senator, a fellow senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains) and newspaper mogul need his replacement to be someone who will play ball. You see, they’ve bought up a heap of…
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is about an idealistic young senator who goes to Washington believing that he can uphold the values of our nation. Jimmy Stewart is wonderful, becoming a true everyman of the people who fights against the powers that be. His genuine development adds to the story greatly. However, whenever the camera is away from Stewart, the film suffers immeasurably. The beginning act doesn't even have Stewart in it, resulting in a very obvious and boring stage set-up. The film itself is about as subtle as a sledgehammer in regards to its dealing with the content. The ending also is too neatly tied to be the honestly look at politics the film tries to portray. Overall, this moral tale tells about the power of standing for what you believe in and even highlights some of the problems that still plague our government today.
What a treat when a movie you've heard about all your life actually turns out to be worthy of its reputation. (I'm looking at you, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.)
Claude Rains is a better Kevin Spacey than Kevin Spacey ever was! And Jimmy Stewart really is my cousin Mark!
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
It's filled with all the old school sentiment that I expect from a film starring Jimmy Stews (yup, that's what I call the old fellah). Don't you just love a Capra film when Stews is being all sweet and quippy with our leading lady? I know I do.
It's amazing how relevant this 1930's film is to contemporary issues in American politics. Revered as one of Capra's best works, the multifaceted picture serves as an exposé, intro to politics like none other. Clarissa Saunders (Jean Arthur) and Jeff Smith (Jimmy Stewart) discussing Smith's proposition for a boy's club bill is probably my favorite scene.
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