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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

PG 172 min - Drama, History, Romance - 25 December 1946
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It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?

Director:  William Wyler

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It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?



Tagline: Three wonderful loves in the best picture of the year!

Genres: Drama, History, Romance

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  25 December 1946

Box Office

Budget:  $2,100,000
Revenue:  $23,650,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Samuel Goldwyn Company, The

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 52 min

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

ACTOR — Fredric March {“Al Stephenson”} – WON
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Harold Russell {“Homer Parrish”} – WON
DIRECTING — William Wyler – WON
FILM EDITING — Daniel Mandell – WON
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) — Hugo Friedhofer – WON
BEST MOTION PICTURE — Samuel Goldwyn Productions – WON
SOUND RECORDING — Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon Sawyer, Sound Director
WRITING (Screenplay) — Robert E. Sherwood – WON

SPECIAL AWARD
To Harold Russell for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives.


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