Best Years of Our Lives

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  • You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll realize that difficult times are The_Best_Years of Our Lives

    Nov 26, 2009 by trailhound is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very moving storyline. Setting. Acting. Believable characters. Numerous memorable scenes.
    Cons: Slow at times.

    Summary: The war is over. The days of veterans returning home to ticker-tape parades and throngs of well-wishers are long over too.  As the nation moves forward, more and more veterans return home to find that at first glance, not much has changed. But ... read more

  • The Little Man

    Mar 5, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great acting and directing. Sympathetic stories.
    Cons: Three hours long.

    Summary: § The Last hurrah! WW II has ended and decorated Army Air Corps captain Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) is being ferried home in a gutted B-17. He's become a little man, now joined by two others: Al Stevenson (Frederic March) and Homer ... read more

  • The Best Years Of Our Lives - The Best Film Of A Generation

    Apr 10, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cast, story, direction, overall execution.
    Cons: None

    Summary: In behind-the-scenes early Hollywood, few rivalries were as bitter as the one between producer Samuel Goldwyn and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer CEO Louis B. Mayer. One of the original movie wheeler-dealers, Goldwyn found himself over-leveraged when a mid-1920s ... read more

  • The Moose Hole - A Classic for Every Era

    Apr 20, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: brilliantly superb acting, breathtaking cinematography, insightful dialogue, heralding message
    Cons: Wish they would have waited a little while longer following WWII to express their message

    Summary: Without a shred of doubt World War II has become one of the perennial subjects of the modern mega-motion picture era. Within the last three decades the Motion Picture Association has rewarded numerous films which relate to the Second World War with the ... read more

  • Coming Home in the 40s

    Feb 26, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cast, story, Cinematography
    Cons: 170 mins is too much, Ray Teal

    Summary: Time to talk about one of my other loves, I think. Forget the fact that Teresa Wright is 86 years old and I’m 23, through the magic of cinema, the lovely, sweet Teresa will always be 28. Why that age? It’s the age she was when she appeared in ... read more

  • The Best Movie Of Our Life

    Aug 24, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Acting, Directing, Writing
    Cons: Length makes it not as appealing to younger audiences.

    Summary: The Best Years of Our Lives is a film based on an article about three World War 2 veterans and the p ... read more

  • Swords Into Plowshares

    Mar 17, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Acting
    Cons: Soap opera-ish

    Summary: In what is the most cinematic and lyrical sequence in the black-and-white The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) kills time waiting for a plane--any plane--that will take him out of Boone City and to a fresh start somewhere ... read more

  • One of the best movies of our lives

    Jan 4, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Intelligent writing, excellent acting, a realistic setting and warm characters we really care about.
    Cons: There really are none if you know the kind of movie it is.

    Summary: Ask all your film buff friends what their all time favorite film is, and once you get past The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, and It's a Wonderful Life, don't be surprised to find quite a number of them mentioning The Best Years of Our Lives. At ... read more

  • Masterful. Brilliant. Wyler.

    Aug 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of the Greatest Films Ever Made.
    Cons: That I Can't See if for the First Time Ever Again.

    Summary: I'm actually nervous writing this review because it's so difficult to actually put my finger on why I am so very emotionally attached to this film. So, bear with me as I write my very personal opinion about why this is one of the most important films ... read more

  • The Best Years of Our Lives: A True WW II Blockbuster

    Aug 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Every part is perfectly cast, the story is riveting and touching.
    Cons: A little long for younger viewers.

    Summary: They don't make World War II movies like they used to -- before all of the special effects that modern movie fans expect in much-hyped "blockbusters" like Pearl Harbor, whose previews didn't inspire me to buy a ticket. But when AMC or TCM shows ... read more

  • Classic Post-War Homecoming Film: Best Years of Our Lives

    Aug 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: realistic story, great acting, direction
    Cons: none

    Summary: Best Years of Our Lives is arguably the best "homecoming" film ever made. Written by Robert E. Sherwood, this movie gives a frank and realistic view of three returning servicemen and how each adjusts to life after World War II. ... read more

  • Touching and historically important

    May 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fascinating look at the post-war adjustment difficulties of WW2 vets; historically important
    Cons: none

    Summary: This movie is frank and realistic about the post-war difficulties veterans and their loved ones had in readjusting to civilian life, hardly what one would expect from an era dominated by sentimental spectacles. The film follows the lives of a ... read more

  • An Unheralded Best

    Apr 20, 2000 by pmills1210 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Acting, cinematography, story
    Cons: None

    Summary: I know a lot of people put "It's A Wonderful Life" on their list of all time favorites. When it was released in 1946, it was nominated for an Oscar as best picture, but didn't win. I doubt that a lot of people have either seen or heard of the ... read more

  • ...and the best were the worst.

    Dec 11, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wholly inspiring while also being enjoyable
    Cons: Another message ignored by those who should be listening

    Summary: I'm amazed that only one other person has reviewed this movie. The Best Years of Our Lives is another of those films which constitute "eternal truths," that truth being that war is an insanely inhuman injury to all mankind. This ... read more

  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

    Sep 19, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: story, script, characters, cast
    Cons: lengthy, sometimes melodramatic

    Summary: There are many war movies. However, after the Vietnam war, Hollywood believed that a new film genre was born with "Coming Home" (1978): the postwar movie. This genre deals with soldiers after they have returned from the war, and sometimes find ... read more

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  • One of the best Oscar winning movies ever from one of the great casts

    Jan 3, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great story lines, great acting and cast, drama
    Cons: None

    Summary: My family has always instilled a love for classic movies and this is one of the best. A cast featuring the great Teresa Wright, Frederic March, Dana Andrews, Virginia Mayo, and the unforgettable Harold Russell who showed a passion and zeal for his role ... read more

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