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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.
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…
This Frank Capra classic is not only a touching and ultimately uplifting look at the beauty of good natured ideals but also a powerful indictment of political corruption. Such a great and pure message that hasn't aged a day, and neither has its shockingly critical commentary. James Stewart plays Jefferson Smith (names don't get more American than that), an idealistic Boy Rangers leader who is appointed Senator by a governor of an unnamed western state who is being strong-armed by corrupt political boss Jim Taylor. Stewart shines as the embodiment of innocence and good intentions, warming the hearts of everyone he meets and shaming those who doubt his sincerity. First following him as he struggles to adjust to the hectic…
This. This is a classic. James Stewart is one of my favourite classic actors, and with a performance that shares a little similarity to Its a Wonderful Life a few years later, this film is well-shot, superbly acted and truly a film that keeps its message of sincerity, kindness and fighting for a better future.
Without delving into politics deeply, the film will continue to keep relevance as there will always be 'lost causes' and fights for a better future or freedom, and seeing James Stewart, whose character is nothing but honest, charitable and friendly captures me into the film. Not to mention that Stewart's characteristic of the nervous and modest man comes into play. In the scene when he…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
Honest good looking and idealistic young man? Check.
Making a stand against corrupt businessmen? Check.
Girl he slowly woos and later helps him out? Check.
Sentimental American ideals? Check.
Final monologue stating those appeals? Check.
Yup. It's definitely a Frank Capra film.
Capra certainly had his way with implementing the sentimental, and you honestly either buy it, or you don't. I find his sentimentality to seem genuine, and as such, his films appeal to me, and this one is no exception.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington find the effortlessly charming and likable Jimmy Stewart playing a newly appointed senator for a state where greedy businessmen believe they can use him as a tool. But…
Ladies and gentlemen: THIS is the definition of cinema. The fact that it was made 70 years ago is totally unbelievable. Every single aspect, from cinematographical to technical, is wholeheartedly assembled into one single piece of cinema masterpiece. Italian director Frank Capra directs his most complex, fast-paced and utterly fantastic superlative cinematic project that almost no director by that time could ever dream of. This is not only his best masterwork, but it is, arguably, the best political drama ever brought to amazed worldwide audiences.
When a member of the US Senate passes away, an inexperienced and unsophisticated man, Jefferson Smith, is appointed to fill the vacancy, causing controversy among the process. After his idealistic ideas lead him to Washington…
Trust thy neighbor, am I right??
26] Mr. Smith Goes To Washington - 5/10. It wasn't as good as I remembered and the corruption just made me sad. But Jimmy Stewart is great.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
As a huge fan of the rampant idealism that graced The West Wing, it's only natural that I thoroughly enjoyed it's spiritual grandfather, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It's a wholly charming experience, stacked to the brim with an interesting mix of kitsch and satire. James Stewart gives an absolutely adorable performance as the naive young senator, but it's Jean Arthur who carries the film's trump card, serving as the audience proxy who's broken down by Stewart's good intentions. She's simply fantastic, and she has one of the best drunk scenes in film history. Sure, it's not perfect and ends a little flat but I couldn't stop smiling. Such corny praise is absolutely fitting for such a sincere classic.
Frank Capra made some great films in his career (You Can't Take It With You, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, It Happened One Night), and he made some near-great films (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, Lost Horizon, Lady For a Day). Not bad for a Sicilian boy!
Maybe he and my grandfather came over on the same ship as they only lived 38 Km from each other.
This film which starred Jean Arthur and James Stewart may be a little corny for many people's tastes, but it is my favorite Stewart film. I like movies with a political theme, and this one is timeless. The same things that happen in this film are likely happening right…
A great American movie. The most incredible Oscar snub of all time. Compelling performances and story.
The final third is great, because that's when the movie finally gets down to business. But the first two-thirds ... Lord, the first 2/3rds. Over the top golly-gee-whilikers hokem.
One of the essential James Stewart roles, and Frank Capra at his best. One might have serious doubts that a guy addressing the Senate for most of the movie's running time would grow less than compelling. Not so.
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Some love it, some hate it, but I figured we might as well have the IMDb list here. Since it's…