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Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) accompanies Uncle Butch (Hoagy Carmichael) on the piano as Al Stephenson (Fredric March) looks on. In the background (deep focus), Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) is making a phone call.
Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) accompanies Uncle Butch (Hoagy Carmichael) on the piano as Al Stephenson (Fredric March) looks on. In the background (deep focus), Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) is making a phone call.
Harold Russell, Teresa Wright, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Hoagy Carmichael, and Fredric March at Butch's Place
Harold Russell, Teresa Wright, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Hoagy Carmichael, and Fredric March at Butch's Place
Homer (Harold Russell) and Wilma (Cathy O'Donnell) in a somber moment
Homer (Harold Russell) and Wilma (Cathy O'Donnell) in a somber moment

Thumbnail for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 83
Notable as: Epic filmGenre: Black-and-white, War film, Epic film, Family Drama, Ensemble Film, DramaMain subject: World War II, aviationRuntime: 168 - 172 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: William WylerScreenwriter: MacKinlay Kantor, Robert E. SherwoodMusic: Hugo FriedhoferCinematography: Gregg TolandStars: Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Dana Andrews, Harold Russell, Mike Hall, Hoagy Carmichael, Cathy O'Donnell, Ray Collins Producer: Samuel GoldwynStudio: Samuel Goldwyn Productions, RKO PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actor (Fredric March)
Academy Award for Best Director (William Wyler)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Daniel Mandell)
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score (Hugo Friedhofer)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Harold Russell)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Robert E. Sherwood)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Sound MixingAward details: (details at IMDb)
Description

The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell. The film is about three United States servicemen readjusting to civilian life after coming home from World War II. Samuel Goldwyn was inspired to produce a film about veterans after reading an August 7, 1944 article in Time about the difficulties experienced by men returning to civilian life. Goldwyn hired former war correspondent MacKinlay Kantor to write a screenplay. His work was first published as a novella, Glory for Me, which Kantor wrote in blank verse. Robert Sherwood then adapted the novella as a screenplay. The Best Years of Our Lives won seven Academy Awards in 1946, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. In addition to its critical success, the film quickly became a great commercial success upon release.


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