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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Title: Mr. Smith goes to Washington
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1999
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features include: a featurette: Frank Capra Jr. remembers ... "Mr. Smith goes to Washington", theatrical trailers, vintage advertising, talent files
Interactive menus include: scene selection, language & subtitle selection, audio commentary track with Frank Capra Jr., special features
Originally produced as motion picture in 1939
Awards & Distinctions: Other Lists - American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest Movies
Additional Contributors: Arnold, Edward - 1890-1956.�,
Rains, Claude - 1889-1967�,
Stewart, James - 1908-1997�,
Arthur, Jean - 19005-1991�,
Foster, Lewis R. - d. 1974�.,
Buchman, Sidney - 1902-1975.�,
Capra, Frank - 1897-1991�,
Columbia TriStar Home Video (Firm)
Columbia Pictures Corporation
ISBN: 0767828011
9781435937956
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia Pictures Corporation ; screenplay by Sidney Buchman ; story by Lewis R. Foster ; directed by Frank Capra
Credits: Photographer, Joseph Walker ; editor, Gene Havlick ; music, Dimitri Tiomkin.
Performers: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold.
System Details: DVD, full screen version (1.33:1 aspect ratio), Dolby digital
Other Language: Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese. Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
Closed captioned
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government Drama DVD-Video discs Films for the hearing impaired Feature films
Topical Term: DVD-Video discs
Films for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Publisher No: 27969
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Apr 18, 2014
  • hoacornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To me "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is Jimmy Stewarts best movie performance. The movies message rings true today as it did over 60 years ago when it was made. Government should represent the people not special interests. For me, this movie gives hope that some day that will be just how our goverment works.

Oct 06, 2013
  • forever_ice17 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was marvellous. There was a point where I wanted to scream at Jeff Smith, but to stop!! But I am glad he didn't. This movie has an exceptional inspiring story and I highly recommend it to everyone. Jimmy Stewart is amazing.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Inspirational gem, controversial upon its release, from legendary director Frank Capra. Capra was obviously drawn to the theme of the little guy challenging the fat cat establishment... here, 'Jefferson Smith' vs. 'James Taylor' of the 'Taylor Machine'; and again in the 1946 Christmas mainstay, "It's A Wonderful Life" with 'George Bailey' vs. 'Henry Potter' of 'Pottersville'. The late, great Jimmy Stewart plays a similar personality in both films, an idealistic and 'mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore' genuinely nice shnook, and he gives both performances absolutely everything in his soul. He had the most expressive eyes... an amazing talent. (Apparently, he even revealed in interviews that his throat was periodically swabbed with mercuric chloride to authentically make his voice hoarse for the filibuster scene in this one. Toxic. Cancerous. MERCURY! Talk about dedication!) The entire cast was excellent - specifically Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, and Harry Carey (cool name). I kept seeing Thomas Mitchell (here 'Diz Moore') as the bumbling 'Uncle Billy' in "It's A Wonderful Life", because I've seen that movie far too many times. Diz sums this movie up nicely in one line: "This is the most titanic battle of modern times. A David without even a slingshot rises to do battle against the mighty Goliath, the Taylor machine, allegedly crooked inside and out. Yeah, and for my money, you can cut out the "allegedly." Great flick. FIVE STARS.

Jul 20, 2010
  • Spillie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A timeless classic.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Senator Joseph Paine: "Let me go! I'm not fit to be a senator! I'm not fit to live! Expel me! Expel me, not him! Willet Dam is a fraud! It's a crime against the people who sent me here - and I committed it! Every word that boy said is the truth! Every word about Taylor, and me, and graft, and the rotten political corruption of my state! Every word of it's true! I'm not fit for office! I'm not fit for any place of honor or trust! Expel me, not that boy!" (pandemonium erupts)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jefferson Smith: "I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr. Paine. All you people don't know about lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for. And he fought for them once. For the only reason any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain simple rule:... "Love thy neighbor". And in this world today full of hatred a man who knows that one rule has a great trust! You know that rule Mr. Paine! And I loved you for it, just as my father did. And you know that you fight for the lost causes harder than for any others. Yes, you'd even die for them. Like a man we both knew, Mr. Paine. You think I'm licked. You all think I'm licked. Well I'm not licked! And I'm gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause! Even if this room gets filled with lies like these! (shuffles 'anti-Smith' letters) And the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place! Somebody'll listen to me." (he collapses)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jefferson Smith: "There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that's what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we'd better get those boys' camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jefferson Smith: "Just get up off the ground, that's all I ask. Get up there with that lady that's up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won't just see scenery; you'll see the whole parade of what Man's carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so's he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed... That's what you'd see."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Diz Moore: (into phone) "...This is the most titanic battle of modern times. A David without even a slingshot rises to do battle against the mighty Goliath, the Taylor machine, allegedly crooked inside and out. Yeah, and for my money, you can cut out the "allegedly."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jefferson Smith: "You see, you see, boys forget what their country means by just reading 'The Land of the Free' in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. 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."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Diz Moore: "You're not a senator! You're an 'honorary stooge'. You oughta be shown up!" Press Man #1: "Have a drink, Senator?" Press Man #2: "It'll taste better than the truth!" (crowd laughs, Smith starts walking away) Diz Moore: "Hey Senator... Don't let it get you down - a hundred years from now nobody'll know the difference..."

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Sep 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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