Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

DVD - 1999
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Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1999
ISBN: 9780767828017
0767828011
9781435937956
Branch Call Number: DVD MR. 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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A film that want's new audiences to discover it, for those who have remember why this film has stood the test of time.

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Dannyboy2452
Feb 16, 2017

A few moments of hokiness aside, this is a great performance by James Stewart. This is no It's A Wonderful Life, but "Mr Smith's" place in history as the second best Capra/Stewart collaboration is secure and that's no small accomplishment.

This is a fantastic movie. This is highly recommended for everyone to see. There is nothing bad in it at all. you would never see another great movie like this. It proves to you what true Americans go through when they are fighting communism and Liberal people. A must watch!

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VV17
Mar 11, 2016

This is an inspiring film. James Stewart does a wonderful job standing up for truth, honesty, and integrity in this heart-stirring film. Frank Capra encourages the audience to remember the greatness of America and to strive and regain what has been lost. This is a film every American should watch! This film should be put on TV to be sure everyone has the opportunity to see Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

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jazeebelle
Sep 05, 2014

This movie is the adult version of "Miracle on 34th Street"...that being said, it is a fine film. Stewart is amazingly wonderful as is the whole cast. (and you will recognize many of them from "it's a wonderful life" which somehow makes the film warmer and even more endearing.) Frank Capra will never let you down!

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hoacornell
Apr 18, 2014

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.

A great film that doesn't feel at all dated or out of place in today's political scene. I especially appreciated Jimmy and his co-star who initially "tripped him up" and then stood behind him, helped him get back into the fight and along the way fell in love with him....

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forever_ice17
Oct 06, 2013

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.

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GregLeary62
Jul 13, 2012

A great movie about greed, graft and corruption in Washington. Filmed in 1939 it shows that things have not changed much. Excellent acting by Jimmy Stewart makes this a must see!

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Monolith
May 19, 2012

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.

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Monolith
May 20, 2012

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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Monolith
May 19, 2012

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."

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Monolith
May 19, 2012

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."

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Monolith
May 19, 2012

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."

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Monolith
May 19, 2012

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!"

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Monolith
May 19, 2012

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)

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Monolith
May 19, 2012

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)

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