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Year
1941
Runtime
135 min.
Director
Frank Capra
Genres
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
6,739
Checks
1,724
Favs
107
Dislikes
11
Favs/checks
6.2% (1:16)
Favs/dislikes
10:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    To sell newspapers, Barbara Stanwyck invents a "common man" who rails against society's ills and swears to jump off a building on Christmas Eve in protest in Frank Capra's Meet John Doe, his OTHER jump-off-a-structure Christmas movie. When the story catches fire, they need someone to play John Doe, so enter Gary Cooper as an earnest homeless man who needs the money, but soon finds himself at the head of a neighborly movement. One of Capra's better community-driven utopias, it nevertheless has a very dark streak, at once showing the best of humanity's virtues, and its capacity for selfishness and anger. It remains an incredibly relevant film about the power of propaganda, the misuse of media by corporate masters, and how the best intentions at the local level are flattened and corrupted at higher (political) levels. From what I read, it could have been darker still. Several endings were filmed. The one we get is more hopeful than others. 5 years 5 months ago
  2. TomServo's avatar

    TomServo

    I loved the movie all the way throughout, but sadly, I think Capra was right that there just is not a single right way to end this film. After reading all his ideas for alternate endings, none of them would have been better than the one chosen. But I dunno, something just didn't feel quite right there.

    But the rest of the two hours is so wonderful and absolutely charming in that Capra way that only he could manage, that the little slip-up towards the end isn't too bad.
    8 years 10 months ago
  3. boulderman's avatar

    boulderman

    Very good but I couldn't quite buy Gary Cooper.

    Walter Brenner perfectly cast yet again.

    There is a good build up in this but it lacks greatness for me. Aware he isn't a "bum" I just felt a Henry Fonda nails the expression, depths this needed
    10 months 2 weeks ago
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  1. This movie ranks #49 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers
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