The best years of our lives

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The postwar classic The Best Years of Our Lives, based on a novel in verse by MacKinlay Kantor about the difficult readjustments of returning World War II veterans, tells the intertwined homecoming stories of ex-sergeant Al Stephenson (Fredric March), former bombadier Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), and sailor Homer Parrish (Harold Russell). Having rubbed shoulders with blue-collar Joes for the first time in his life, Al finds it difficult to return to a banker's high-finance mindset, and he shocks his co-workers with a plan to provide no-collateral loans to veterans. Meanwhile, Al's children (Teresa Wright and Michael Hall) have virtually grown up in his absence. Fred discovers that his wartime heroics don't count for much in the postwar marketplace, and he finds himself unwillingly returning to his prewar job as a soda jerk. His wife (Virginia Mayo), expecting a thrilling marriage to a glamorous flyboy, is bored and embittered by her husband's inability to advance himself, and she begins living irresponsibly, like a showgirl. Homer has lost both of his hands in combat and has been fitted with hooks; although his family and his fiancée (Cathy O'Donnell) adjust to his wartime handicap, he finds it more difficult. Profoundly relevant in 1946, the film still offers a surprisingly intricate and ambivalent exploration of American daily life; and it features landmark deep-focus cinematography from Gregg Toland, who also shot Citizen Kane. The film won Oscars for, among others, Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary William Wyler, Best Actor for March, and Best Supporting Actor for Harold Russell, a real-life double amputee whose hands had been blown off in a training accident. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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auth_author2Andrews, Dana, 1909-1992,
Andrews, Dana, 1909-1992.
Bohnen, Roman, 1894-1949,
Bohnen, Roman, 1894-1949.
Carmichael, Hoagy, 1899-1981,
Carmichael, Hoagy, 1899-1981.
Collins, Ray, 1889-1965,
Collins, Ray, 1889-1965.
Cutler, Victor, 1914-1979,
Cutler, Victor, 1914-1979.
Friedhofer, Hugo,
Friedhofer, Hugo.
George, Gladys, 1904-1954,
George, Gladys, 1904-1954.
Goldwyn, Samuel, 1879-1974,
Goldwyn, Samuel, 1882-1974.
Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977.
Loy, Myrna, 1905-1993,
Loy, Myrna, 1905-1993.
Mandell, Daniel,
Mandell, Daniel.
March, Fredric, 1897-1975,
March, Fredric, 1897-1975.
Mayo, Virginia, 1920-2005,
Mayo, Virginia, 1920-2005.
O'Donnell, Cathy, 1925-1970,
O'Donnell, Cathy, 1925-1970.
Russell, Harold, 1914-2002,
Russell, Harold, 1914-2002.
Sherwood, Robert E. 1896-1955,
Sherwood, Robert E. 1896-1955.
Toland, Gregg,
Toland, Gregg.
Wright, Teresa, 1918-2005,
Wright, Teresa, 1918-2005.
Wyler, William, 1902-1981,
Wyler, William, 1902-1981.
author2-roleAndrews, Dana,1909-1992,actor.
Andrews, Dana,1909-1992.
Bohnen, Roman,1894-1949,actor.
Bohnen, Roman,1894-1949.
Carmichael, Hoagy,1899-1981,actor.
Carmichael, Hoagy,1899-1981.
Collins, Ray,1889-1965,actor.
Collins, Ray,1889-1965.
Cutler, Victor,1914-1979,actor.
Cutler, Victor,1914-1979.
Friedhofer, Hugo,composer (expression)
Friedhofer, Hugo.
George, Gladys,1904-1954,actor.
George, Gladys,1904-1954.
Goldwyn, Samuel,1879-1974,film producer.
Goldwyn, Samuel,1882-1974.
Kantor, MacKinlay,1904-1977.
Kantor, MacKinlay,1904-1977.Best years of our lives.
Loy, Myrna,1905-1993,actor.
Loy, Myrna,1905-1993.
MGM Home Entertainment Inc.
Mandell, Daniel,editor of moving image work.
Mandell, Daniel.
March, Fredric,1897-1975,actor.
March, Fredric,1897-1975.
Mayo, Virginia,1920-2005,actor.
Mayo, Virginia,1920-2005.
O'Donnell, Cathy,1925-1970,actor.
O'Donnell, Cathy,1925-1970.
Russell, Harold,1914-2002,actor.
Russell, Harold,1914-2002.
Samuel Goldwyn, Inc.
Samuel Goldwyn, Inc.,production company.
Sherwood, Robert E.1896-1955,screenwriter.
Sherwood, Robert E.1896-1955.
Toland, Gregg,director of photography.
Toland, Gregg.
Warner Home Video (Firm),distributor.
Wright, Teresa,1918-2005,actor.
Wright, Teresa,1918-2005.
Wyler, William,1902-1981,film director.
Wyler, William,1902-1981.
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subject_facetAmerican Film Institute 100 greatest American movies
DVD-Video discs
Feature films
Film adaptations
Films for the hearing impaired
Guerra Mundial II, 1939-1945 -- Veteranos -- Teatro
Nineteen forties -- Drama
Romance films
Veteran reintegration -- United States -- Drama
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
War films
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Drama
title_displayThe best years of our lives
title_fullThe best years of our lives [videorecording] / Samuel Goldwyn presents ; screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood ; produced by Samuel Goldwyn ; directed by William Wyler
The best years of our lives [videorecording] / [presented by] Samuel Goldwyn [Pictures Corporation] ; screen play by Robert E. Sherwood ; produced by Samuel Goldwyn ; directed by William Wyler
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Nineteen forties
Veteran reintegration
Veteranos
Veterans
World War, 1939-1945
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