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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…
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.…
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 –…
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…
Upcoming Movie of the Week at The Dissolve, so it was time for a rewatch. Hoo boy, does this movie ever lay it on thick. The bad guys are inveterate monsters; the good guy is an all-American idealist who loves his mom, the Bible, everything the Founding Fathers ever wrote, good clean boyhood innocence, and America, not necessarily in that order. The film lays on the injustice mercilessly, with a trowel, and lays on the patriotism even thicker, especially during a "Lookie here, ma, I'm in Washington!" montage of monuments and flags. It's all pretty grotesquely overdone and shameless.
But it's so effective. Jimmy Stewart practically has a hayseed stalk and a couple of spare Aw-shuckses sticking out of his…
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Capracorn my ass...except when it totally fits the label. You can practically hear Hitchcock chewing popcorn.
My first taste of Jimmy Stewart and he was absolutely fantastic. The way he was able to perfectly portray his loss of innocence throughout his filibuster is astounding. Everyone else was also good, and this was just an overall great movie. Funny when it needed to be, effectively dramatic and suspenseful, and when Taylor's goons started running over those fucking children, I actually felt what this film was trying to say instead of just understanding it, which really surprised me. The only thing that keeps me from rating it higher is that I'm not sure how well it will hold up on a second watch. I may rate it higher then, but for now, I really liked this film.
Oh Frank Capra how underrated of a director you are. Most people know him for his work It's A Wonderful Life. Probably not as many people though, truly appreciate this wonderful classic.
This film starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur is about a small town, naive, kind man who ends up becoming senator and moving to Washington D.C. The problem? He has no political experience whatsoever. With the help of his spunky sidekick Saunders, they will try to convince the government to approve a bill to make a Boys Camp. Things are hard for our protagonist as he discovers that government is not what he thought it was.
Frank Capra has always been great at combining comedy and drama into…
a place where boys can get fresh air and know what's it's like to be an American... what about girls? I'll take Mr. Deeds or Wonderful Life over this bit of fluff. what state does Claude Rains and James Stewart represent? somewhere out west, is it Nevada, Wyoming? Alaska? when someone called in Capra-Corn they were thinking about this movie. AT one point James Stewart's Smith is going around punching reporters. Seems like that would have made the newspapers when you think about it.
Jean Arthur stirred my manhood. Jimmy Stewart stirred my soul.
This movie was just fantastic and deserves to be a classic. The way this movie shows the corruption of government makes you root for Mr. Smith. The whole standoff scene in the court was the best scene in the whole movie. Jimmy Stewart was the perfect man for this role and it suited him well. The movie being filmed in black and white made it even more powerful for me watching it and was able get the message across in a powerful way.
Overall, this movie was really good and I'm glad I saw it! Definite 5/5 stars and it was a great find on YouTube.
Classic film about a new, young, principled, idealistic Senator arriving in Washington and being shocked by the corruption he finds there. Excellent, gripping narrative as he uncovers the graft and wrestles with whether he should attack it or not as it threatens to destroy him. Kept me gripped to the end.
Those of you who are Simpsons fans will see plenty of things that were replicated in the episode where Lisa goes to Washington!
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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