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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: December 9, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1939
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 1.0 - English
    • Subtitles - English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese - Optional

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1939 - Best Original Screenplay: Lewis R. Foster

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh95%

Total Count: 41


User Ratings: 45,774
There is an honesty, an emotional truth to his filibuster scenes in Mr. Smith that begs repeated viewing and examination by actors looking to go deeper than their own bags of trickery. Full Review
Cinema Siren
Jul 24, 2019
Stewart's performance of Jefferson Smith, a hero trying to keep his head above the corrupt crowd, is outstanding; and the ideology of truth winning out takes on new dimensions in this post-Watergate era. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Nov 18, 2019
Rating: 3/4 -- It isn't a political film at all. In fact, it draws its power from its simple underdog story and its modern resonance from the fact that little has changed since then. Full Review
Dec 9, 2014
It's Capra's genuine sense of hope that buoys the film and leaves the audience invigorated to go out and fight a good fight no matter what the odds. Full Review
Oct 12, 2018
Rating: 4/5 -- Frank Capra's movies were often derided as "Capra-corn." And yet, they summed up-better than anyone before or since-the folksy essence and upright values the founding fathers bequeathed to America. Full Review
Epoch Times
Jan 14, 2020
It is a great film, even though it is not a great story, acted by a magnificent cast, so that Capra can afford to fling away on tiny parts men like Eugene Pallette, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell and Harry Carey. Full Review
The Spectator
Sep 11, 2019
One of the finest and consistently interesting dramas of the season. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009

Product Description:

Two slimy fat-cat legislators recruit Jefferson Smith, an innocent and staunchly principled Montana scout leader, as the state's new Senator, hoping to exploit his naviete and community pride to bring home pork-barrel funds. Once he ascends to Capitol Hill, however, Mr. Smith finds nothing but deep-rooted corruption in Washington, D.C., and, absolutely refusing to submit to cynicism, he tirelessly takes the message of the American people right to their out-of-touch representatives. Based on Lewis R. Foster's novel THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA. Academy Award Nominations: 11, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (James Stewart), Best Supporting Actor (Harry Carey). Academy Awards: Best Original Story (Lewis R. Foster).

Description by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:

Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains star in Frank Capra's MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, theaward-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicans out to destroy him. When Frank Capradecided to film the novel "The Gentleman From Montana", he ran into an obstacle Director Rouben Mamoulian owned the rights to the story. Unwilling to sell, Mamoulian eventually traded the material toColumbia on the condition that he be allowed to direct Golden Boy. As Capra began working on the film, now called MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, it was suggested that Gary Copper, the star of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, take the lead. Capra selected Jimmy Stewart instead and the film solidified Stewart's movie career, garnering him his first Academy Award(r) nomination. Receiving a total of eleven 1939 Oscar(r) nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), and winning one (Best Motion Picture Story), MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is considered one of Capra's, Stewart's and Columbia's finest films. It also marked the end of an era. It was Capra's final film for the studio.

Plot Synopsis:

Frank Capra's much-loved political parable staring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, is a classic of American cinema.
When a Wisconsin senator dies, patriotic boy scout leader Jefferson Smith is appointed his successor. Smith's appointment comes at the suggestion of crooked political strategist Jim Taylor who needs a "yes man" in the office -- and the innocent starry-eyed Smith's considered too naive to suspect foul play. But Smith's savvy secretary Saunders knows the whys and wherefores, the ins and outs of the Beltway. She gives Jeff the info he needs to go head-to-head with corrupt senator Joseph Paine, champion forgotten causes and fight for good old American values.


Production Notes:

  • MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
  • The Hopper boys are played by Billy Watson, Delmar Watson, Johnny Russell, Harry Watson, Gary Watson and Baby Dumpling.

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