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demagogo

now this is some american imdb mafia bullshit
3 years 4 months ago
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briafly27

I LOVE this film. It's your classic James Stewart character. You feel his pain, love him immediately, and you're pulling for him all the way through.
7 years 2 months ago
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StigAnder

For me this is one of those classics that was understandably really well received back then, but just doesn't get to me in any way. Stewart was good though, but I'm glad I'll never see this again.
10 years 1 month ago
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jktomas

It's not that the ending was bad, it's that it was too rushed. The film ended one minute after it reached it's culmination. There were no time left for everything to sink in. At least I think that that was the problem. Other than that, it's a very good and powerful movie. I almost wanted to be an american after watching it (you know, that free word and things like that sounds pretty awesome).
Oh, there was one more thing I didn't like - the way all the kids were portrayed in the film. Real children don't act and don't talk anything like that. Yes, that's common in older movies, but here they went too over the top. Like for example those kids sitting at the table in the beginning of the film. Or my favorite - black 10 year old shouting "Come on, bring on the paper!". It felt like some kind of commercial or a propaganda film. But hell do I know? Maybe in America children do work in senate instead of going to school...
9 years 9 months ago
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Dieguito

A nice cause, the dream of youths of doing good in politics... The end is a shame, it ruins the whole movie!!
10 years ago
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roobin_22

It's a wonderful picture, except for the end, that could've been better
11 years 1 month ago
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Siskoid

I kind of expected Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to be something of a precursor to some of the aspirational political fictions I love (The West Wing, for example), and in many ways it was. But Jimmy Stewart's idealistic junior Senator is really the lone good man in a huge corrupt machine that almost destroys him, and so it really isn't one of those utopian stories where civil servants really want our best interests. Alas, the film's right-minded patriotic sentiment hasn't lost its relevance. I wish it had. But it seems more needed than ever. And so Mr. Smith must keep going to Washington to remind us of of what's right. Only the character tends to be naive and cheesy, the movie isn't. It actually does a good job of vulgarizing what the Senate does and how it works (or doesn't), acts as effective satire at times, and provides a killer political climax (though also a bit of an abrupt ending). Hasn't lost its teeth!
4 years 4 months ago
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mabu mabu

The spoiler was completely unnecessary; it damaged the whole movie in my opinion.
7 years 6 months ago
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JCS

Alright, meh ending.
9 years 9 months ago
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Nibbler

Gee whiz, what a ridiculous ending!
10 years 1 month ago
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Kublai Khan

What a strange movie, and a strange reaction that Americans have to it.

It's not just propaganda, but the main character is someone who bought into previous propaganda and is upset that the real world is different from the legends of governments past.

Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington, et al were all human beings who were greedy and petty and compromised on their ideals. The government of Capra's time or today's time is the same as it's ever been. People looking out for themselves.

Cinematically and thematically, this movie isn't very good.
3 months 2 weeks ago
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sve

Very patriotic. Great dialogues. Its the good old Constitution against the forces of evil...Women and African american are powerless. The fight and victory of the underdog. Not very realistic, and very ideological. Mr. Smith could be a bit more relevant in court and the ending is a bit ..nhe..predictably unrealistic - they just had to make him win somehow.
6 years 7 months ago
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Lostio

Absolutely stunning. Shamefully enough, I went to see it without really knowing what to expect. Captivated by its inclusion in various noteworthy lists and by its laudatory reviews (and because it's Capra and Stewart, after all), I decided to check it and was blown away. It's amazing how a simple story, simple characters and, in its core, an overall simple movie can convey such powerful emotions and transmit such a great and timeless message. Highly recommended.
8 years 1 month ago
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Flapster_NL

What a great movie, I can't believe I've waited this long to see it.

Seems to have a timeless quality to it as well.
8 years 7 months ago
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papp

Scares me how relevant this film is today.
8 years 9 months ago

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