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Opened in Theaters: Thursday, October 19th, 1939

Directed by Frank Capra

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Academy Award® Winner
James Stewart plays a man who goes to Washington as a new Senator, and runs up against political corruption.  View more >

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Starring James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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[--- Good ---]by Scott Jentsch VIP MemberAug 11, 2003

James Stewart, and everyone else in this movie, does a great job, although I found the pacing to be a bit problematic at times. The ending is sudden and almost unsatisfying, but you can infer the outcome.

I'm sure that this was a landmark and breakthrough film in 1939, and perhaps I was a victim of over-reaching expectations, but I've seen better films. 

[--- See Now! ---]by George Jobson VIP MemberSep 14, 2005

Director Frank Capra created this wonderful 1939 classic about a young Senator, played by Jimmy Stewart, who go to Washinton to battle poltical corruption. Stewart gives a powerful performance as a senator who in the final part of the movie is filterbusting a wrongful bill. This is Jimmy Stewart at his best. This is the best film about Washington politics. A great film. 




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