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- David H.
This is a good film that made James Stewart a star with fine performances from the rest of the cast. My main complaint is the ending seems rushed as if Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn was dictating to Frank Capra for the movie to end within an allotted time. It is some thanks considering how Capra almost singlehandedly lifted Cohn's studio out of Hollywood's 'poverty row.' Nevertheless, this film should be required viewing for most of Congress and other officials who go to Washington supposedly to represent the people.
Some things never change!
- Papa Hemingway's Ghost
This is a great, wonderfully paced story as directed by the great Frank Capra. The story itself seems quite current to the goings on with today's Washington, as the movie is populated with soul-less bureaucrats, corrupt politicians, a deceitful press (like our modern "fake news media"), and power-monger types. Into this melting pot of rotting incorrigibles there enters a wide-eyed and "awe shucks curious" Jimmy Stewart character known as Mr. Smith whose only real goal is to get Congress to fund a national wilderness camp for poor inner-city children. The story has a wonderful plot and great characters and as with most all Capra films, it helps restore our faith in humankind as we watch how one small feckless person overcomes crushing odds to defeat evil within our nation's capital-- and whether we love him or hate him, the Stewart character reminds me a bit of our modern day president who has naively vowed to "drain the swamp." The supporting character cast is an all star gathering with memorable actors like Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbe, Beulah Bondi and Harry Carey. The co-star is Jean Arthur who plays a Washington insider assistant to Jimmy Stewart's character. I have always liked Jean Arthur's acting and demeanor, and she plays one of her best roles in this film as she sheds her negative outlook on life and becomes inspired by Stewart's naive character. All in all, this is a great movie for all ages, and seems quite timely in comparison to the goings on with our modern troubles in the US Capitol city and the manipulative news media of our modern age. Some things never change.
Pip of a movie
It's a shame that phrases like, "That's a pip!" have vanished from the English language lexicon. It was prevalent in movies of the 1930's, and was a great descriptive word! Wether or not people of that era actually used this word on a daily basis I wouldn't know.
One of Capra's Greatest
- john s
Idealistic junior Senator Jimmy Stewart is framed by his crooked colleagues when he refuses to participate in their corruption. Singer Iggy Pop nearly missed signing a recording contract because he was busy watching the film, and found Stewart "...so sincere...".
Mr.Smith Goes To Washington
- Michael Whitty
Jefferson Smith is the head of boy rangers back home when he gets named to the U.S.Senate after the longstanding senator dies. Claude Rains as an experienced senator is the mentor for Mr.Smith who later turns against him. The difference that a man can make in Washington and the friends that he makes is all up to the man. Frank Capra, who made a few movies with James Stewart, puts together a classic here with young Mr.Smith attempting to get a federal goverment loan to buy land in his state for a national boys camp. There is a filibuster on the senate floor with passionate speeches of for and against. In spite of all the pluses this movie had with its great screenplay acted out sincerely by all the actors the real congressmen in Washington didn't go for it too much. This is a movie all new congressmen should see as it was one othose great movies from Hollywood's greatest year 1939.
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
- Janet Masly
I love this movie!!!!!! MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is a movie that can apply to *any* decade. Every politician in office should be forced to watch this movie several times a year. It shows how corruption and falsehoods are bred so easily. Jimmy Stewart's performance is outstanding!!!!!!
I Just Love This Film - Very Inspirational
I absolutely just love this film!!! Mr. Stewart's best actor performance is just great...with Ms. Jean Arthur as the wise-on-Washington leading lady, superb as well. And Mr. Harry Carey as the President Pro Tem is just a joy to watch. Do I have enough 'just's? - well, one more,... just simply inspirational.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Overall-3/5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-5/5Score-3/5Screenplay-2/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-3/5
Mr. Smith goes to Washington
- Dashiell Barnes
The essential film for fans of Capra & Stewart. Stewart is a naive idealist appointed on the belief that he will be easily manipulated by the senior senators. Stewart earned a Oscar nomination for his sincere performance, Arthur is great as a reporter won over by his idealism and both Rains & Carey received nominations for their supporting roles. Oscar-winning screenplay is impressive Americana, filled with the memorable filibuster & a moving montage of Washington's monuments. An outstanding hymn for the American government. I give it a 5/5.
A movie feast
This is a movie for the ages!! Six stars out of five. If you've never seen it then shame on you.
Best of the Best
- Mr Ed
This was Jimmy Stewarts best performance by far.
What a great film!
- Mr. Blandings
What can you say about this classic that hasn't already been said? Let's talk about the cast then -- James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Thomas Mitchell, H.B. Warner, Beulah Bondi, Harry Carey ... all superb. A movie with meaning.
Stand Up America!
- Wil Arnold
It's amazing that so many Americans have watched this movie from 1939. It is really amazing that "deficiency bills" existed in that era. If this film were made in 2010, would it be popular? This is about the best movie made. Sure, its in b/w and not computer generated, simplistic settings, not much violence, simple ideals and portrays what's wrong in government in 2011. I wish that every American voter would send a copy to his/her Congressman and Senator at once. I bet most have not watched it. I even bet some would not watch it now if you send it.I do know if conversations exist on Capitol Hill then most will get a message that needs to be heard. Get with it Congress: Partisan politics do not run the country. Bi-partisan is the way government is designed to work. A government OF the People, For the People and BY the People not lobbyists, special interest or campaign donations. Sorry if this isn't quite a polished movie review. It is such an appropriate movie and every voter should be required to watch this movie before being allowed in the voting booth.
As timely today as it was in 1939
- Pamela G
At a time when the Mr. Taylors and the Mr. Potters have overtaken our government and our country and sold it to the highest bidder, it's good to remember a time when there were some ideals. The only thing that can save us now is a revolution - but I fear our collective brains and bodies are too dulled by food, pharmaceuticals and lack of physical activity to really give a flying ... A pity. We used to stand for something. Thank you Mr. Murdoch.
A real winner.
Mr Smith lets us know that perseverance and determination will still conquer.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- Mark Sutch
Mr Smith Goes to Washington
- Phil Irvin
Watching MSGW on TCM as I write. One of the Top 10 movies EVER! Watching it NOW reminds me of what a DISGRACE our US Senate is TODAY! May GOD have Mercy on America.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
- James Higgins
Among the best films of all time, this film works on every level. What a cast. Jimmy Stewart is perfectly cast. Jean Arthur, Claude rains, Edward Arnold, Eugene Pallette, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, Harry Carey, H.B. Warner and William Demarest are all fantastic. It boasts one of the best supporting casts ever gathered for a film. Filled with Capra touches. Wonderful story, superb score. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won an Oscar for best original story. Inspiring, moving and one of those rare and incredible films that is superb in every way. A delightful Capraesque slice of Americana.
- Jack The Hat
Things don't change much, that was 1939 and here we are in 2009. Politics a usual, with the exception that we have more to fear from our own government today, then they did back then.
An Absolutely perfect and excellent movie!
- Dave Stover
This is the first time that i've ever seen this movie from start to end,and I wish I were older than 45 now,because I wish that i could have attended Mr Smith Goes To Washington on its premiere day or night!Jimmy Stewart obviously gave an absolutely riveting performance in it!Oh, if only Jimmy Stewart had been awarded best actor for his role in this great and nothing but movie!Unfortunately,a certain almost 4 hours in length movie from 1939 won best picture for that year.Oh yes,I've seen Gone With The Wind in a theatrical rerelease.But,I feel that The Wizard Of Oz should have been awarded 1939's Best Picture Oscar,and my dad shares my opinion about this.By now,i've seen three movies(that i'm aware of) from 1939,partially thanks to TCM!
Washington - Lessons To Be Learned
Normally wouldn't care to watch a political movie, but this holds your interest and teaches you a bit along the way. Enjoyed Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur together. It was nice to see Jean in a role other than comedy. Visiting the different Washington monuments was a nice touch.
Mr. Chips beat Mr. Smith...
Lynn, I'd have to disagree with you, most respectfully. Although Mr. Smith's Jimmy Stewart turned in a stellar performance, Mr. Chipping's Robert Donat was impeccable, brilliant and as close to perfection as an actor performing a role can get...I agree that Jimmy Stewart is a national treasure, however, it was simply a matter of the perfect role being performed by the right actor and Bob Donat's performance was by far, the best of the nominees that year...of course I wouldn't have enjoyed being on the board that year as the final choice must have been excruciatingly difficult to finalize...tough choice, but a fair decision ultimately...
And the Oscar goes to...
This is another wonderful Capra film. Mr. Smith is the senator we wish represented all of us. But I have one question. How did Stewart's amazing performance lose to Robert Donat's Mr. Chips for the best actor of 1939? No contest. A travesty! Stewart is truly one of our national treasures!
Jimmy Stewart is the best!!!
James Stewart is brilliant in this movie. The scene that moves me so is when he filibuster's. That is pure instinctive acting---you can't teach that! This is one of many of his great performances! Jean Arthur excels in a serious role. (She is more known for screwball comedy) She was really believable. FANTASTIC movie!!!
Mr Smith Goes to Washington
- Craig Brewster
I agree with Mr Justine. they should make a re-make. washington will sell us out again and again. The open border bill is selling America out!
Mr & Mrs Smith
Great movie. THey should remake it.
A Movie that never grows old!
- Melanie Beth
Such amazing acting! Jimmy Stewart really out did himself! Here is a movie that really makes you stop and think. And the best part is that it never seems to grow old!
- Bill Young
The acting by all in this epic film is superb. It's just a shame this movie came out in 1939 or it would have fared much better in the awards category. In my humble opinion, the facial expressions and overall presentation by H. B. Warner serves to well enhance this delightful and intriguing film.
A world we wish was Real
We need 100 Jimmy stewart in the senate and 450 in congress. Replace all the political puppets. This movie is how we wish it should be. I must live in a dream world.
A GREAT DRAMA
It is one of the best of the Jimmy Stewart movies.It may very well be his best known role.Great drama from start to finish,if you love movies about politics and government this is your kind of movie.
Best patriotic movie ever!!!
I loved Jimmy Stewart in this wonderfully acted patriotic drama.This movie shows the kind of American citizens we should strive to be.Jimmy Stewart in this film had a simple love and respect for America that is truly admirable!