Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • NR
  • 2h 10m
  • 1939
Fresh95%
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Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains star in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, the award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him. When Frank Capra decided 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 to Columbia 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® nomination. Receiving a total of eleven 1939 Oscar® 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.
© 1939 , renewed 1967 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh95%
Reviews
Chicago Reader
Don Druker
Fresh

This is classic Capracorn.

June 22, 2017
The New Republic
Otis Ferguson
Rotten

Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is going to be the big movie explosion of the year, and...

June 22, 2017
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

One of the finest and consistently interesting dramas of the season.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams
Fresh

Quintessential Capra - popular wish-fulfilment served up with such fast-talking comic panache that...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Frank S. Nugent
Fresh

Mr. Smith is one of the best shows of the year. More fun, even, than the Senate itself.

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Classic pits Jimmy Stewart against government corruption.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic gem from 1939 includes lots of smoking (cigarettes, pipes, cigars) consistent with the era and some drunkenness. Even though much of the movie takes place in Senate chambers, there are still a few violent moments including a gun shot, paper boys punched and nearly run down by goons, and the main character punching crooked reporters. Punching aside, the titular Mr. Smith is an otherwise great role model, holding onto his strong convictions even when it seems like everyone is against him. Kids will not only get to see the Lincoln Memorial but learn a bit about how the Senate operates and see a filibuster in action.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 19, 1939
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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