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Wilson(1945)

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  • Wilson (aka Woodrow Wilson)

    • John W. Bates
    • 2/9/13

    This Film,done at the height of World War 11, is a hidden gem, and it was certainly the first time My Wife and I have ever seen or heard of it. Alexander Knox was simply Superb in his Depiction of The 28th President of The United States. Woodrow Wilson is what I would call a "hidden Man" among US Presidents, and probably very much under appreciated for his service to The Nation. His background as an educator and Governor gave him in my opinion an oversight to The office of The President, if one can be prepared for the office at all. His concern for The Nation and its needs was very well documented, but he like all Presidents, was sometimes vilified for his approach to problems. The Film shows both his highs and lows, and at least partially explains how his second wife Edith probably made many decisions The President himself would make had he not been suffering The effects of a probable stroke. I really admire this Film and would also give it Five Stars. What is really incredible is that this Film was an Oscar Winner, but yet a Flop at The Box Office at the time. Right Movie possibly made at the wrong time, but very important that it was made nonetheless! Thank You Director Zanuck, and Thank You TCM for bringing it to our Homes! Lets vote to get it to DVD Release!

  • Wilson

    • Dashiell B.
    • 2/9/13

    There have been films made about Lincoln, Kennedy & Nixon; but what about those who prefer Wilson? Knox won a Golden Globe as Woodrow Wilson who is encouraged to send America into WWI & establish the leauge of Nations. Despite it's box office-failure, the film won five Oscars for Original screenplay, sound recording, art direction, cinematography & film editing. Overlong, but a superbly-made biography of an overlooked President. I give it a 4/5.

  • Excellent.

    • Shirley Bowen
    • 2/8/13

    Why have I never seen this before. An excellent film. Gives good insight into what appears to be a principled man who fought so hard for peace. Please show this again!

  • Zanuck's Wilson (1944)

    • Thomas Knock
    • 2/5/13

    TCM's article is decent, but it misses entirely why the film was made (and when--which was 1944, not 1945). During World War II, Woodrow Wilson's ghost came back to haunt America because it had rejected membership his the League of Nations (of which Wilson was the primary author) at the end of World War I. The League was the world's first international peacekeeping organization and it was part of the Treaty of Versailles, ending the Great War. But the Senate refused to ratify that treaty. Then during World War II many people, including Darry F. Zanuck, began to think that possibly the current war could have been averted if the U. S. had become a member of the League. (During his speaking tour in September 1919, Wilson had actually prophesied a second terrible war if the U. S. rejected membership in the League.) And that's the main reason why Zanuck decided to make his big movie about Wilson, as a man way ahead of his time--to urge American membership in the United Nations, the message being that the U. S. now had a second chance to get it right. Reviews were very positive. Released in August 1944, just as the presidential campaign was getting under way, some Republican newspapers charged that it was 4th term propaganda for FDR.

  • Wilson- a missed movie

    • chris mattson
    • 6/20/11

    As I remember this is a forgotten movie that helps explain a forgotten time and a forgotten president. Alexander Knox is a forgotten actor of the past. I remember enjoying it and like historical movies such as the Walter Huston movie about Lincoln, Stars and Stripes Forever, and even Ten Gentlemen From West Point. Whether based on fact or just plain fun these movies I would really love to add to may collection. Another great movie I truly love is Santa Fe Trail with Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan, and a movie I recently collected was The Great Ziegfeld with William Powell which also quite enjoyable.

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