Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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A freshman senator in Washington, D.C. becomes involved in political infighting when a project of his is undermined by unscrupulous others who want to build a dam.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2014]
Edition: 75th anniversary, 4K
Call Number: BLU F MR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 129 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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Mar 06, 2020

A great film with superb performances from all of the cast. I was especially impressed by the dynamic performance given by James Stewart in the filibuster scenes. He was under the direction of the talented Frank Capra who would go on to work with Stewart on another great film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Nov 25, 2019

Look below at the patron review and the quote "democracy in action"! The review is wonderful and a fitting tribute to a wonderful movie. Please read the entire review as it is well researched. I wonder if there might be a "Mr. Smith" in Washington now when we certainly need him or her! Don't you feel this moment in time may just produce someone who will become a portrait in courage!!

May 17, 2018

"My films must let every man, woman, and child know that God loves them [and] that I love them".

Pop culture icon Frank Capra's creation manages the rare feat of serving both as a classic 'period piece', capturing the style of film-making as well as the general environment of a bygone era, and also as a timeless tale of morality, showing how wide-eyed idealism can actually make a difference in an ever more corrupting world. Jimmy Stewart's legendary performance as Jefferson Smith manages to evoke embarrassment, empathy, pity, support, and more in the hearts of audiences to this day. The core message of the movie has remained timely for decades upon decades.

Ultimately, Capra's life story as an Italian-American immigrant full of patriotic honor, a veteran with a passion against the social prejudices of his day, shines through in the film. He wanted to show that governments are ultimately beholden to the people, and he did so. It's worth noting a historical story in conclusion: during World War II in France, the Nazi collaborationist regime ordered a ban on American films while giving the populace a choice of what to be the very last movie shown, the moviegoers overwhelmingly picking 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' as an example of democracy in action.

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

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!

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.

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!

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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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..."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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)

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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