The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

Blu-ray Disc - 2013 | Blu-ray version.
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Three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Burbank : Warner Home Video, 2013.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Best
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (170 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English with subtitles in French and Spanish.


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Mar 03, 2021

old hollywood gave you hope in humanity. it allowed you to be grateful that heaven on earth was possible in god's country.

Jan 29, 2021

I wonder if the movie 'A walk in the clouds with Keanu Reeves was based on this older flick.

Best movie ever made.

Feb 05, 2020

Good movie showing the problems some returning WWII veterans had back in the USA.

Sep 10, 2019

1946 WINNER of 8 Academy awards and BEST PICTURE. 3 vets; 1 Navy, 1 Army & 1 Marine return home from WW 2 and try to adjust to civilian life. Very good.

A true masterpiece, a film with characters with real motives, who change and develop authentically. The performances are all excellent, the writing is realistic, few movies can touch this one. Highly recommended.

Oct 27, 2018

Hollywood doesn't do realism, but there are certain times, like immediately after WWII, when it comes close. The gloss is still there, but The Best Years of Our Lives is true to the feelings of many returning veterans and their families. Prepare to be surprised, shocked and moved, both by the story and the performances these familiar actors were capable of.

Jun 25, 2016

This movie stands out from other films of the era concerning WWII, in that it isn't a "happily ever after" view through rose-colored glasses. The three servicemen at the center of the movie all have issues re-entering their civilian lives. The performances of all the cast were memorable, and the bonus is Hoagy Carmichael playing the piano.
I have read a number of comments from others that Harold Russell lost his hands in combat. Not so. He was handling a grenade with a faulty fuse during training, when it exploded. His performance was excellent, on a par with the professional actors around him.
I first saw this movie in the 1980s, and wondered how I had missed it prior to then. Having grown up on WWII movies, my own experiences returning from Vietnam were unlike those portrayed in other movies of the 40s and 50s. This film was a revelation to me.

Mar 21, 2016

This is a 1946 love story directed by William Wyler.
Although three veterans are having their own deep-seated problems, it is an emotionally engaging drama with a heartwarming end.

Feb 21, 2016

Three servicemen have a rough time adjusting to civilian when WWII is ended. One of them, Homer, played by Harold Russell, comes home without any hands. I was surprised to find that Russell was an actual serviceman who had lost his hands in the war. The makers of the film were criticized for using an actual wounded warrior as being some kind of exploitation (or was he just a reminder of how we fail to toss away the wounded warriors when they are no longer useful in war?). The film won 7 Oscars and Roger Ebert lists this as a Great Movie. The film is somewhat marred by the fact that every 50 minutes an African-American pops up among the White crowds for several seconds to remind White America that Blacks are just throwaway subhumans.

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Mar 10, 2013

Butch Engle (to a frustrated Homer Parrish): "...Give 'em time, kid -- they'll catch on. You know your folks'll get used to you, and you'll get used to them. Then everything'll settle down nicely. Unless we have another war. Then none of us have to worry because we'll all be blown to bits the first day. So cheer up, huh?"

Mar 10, 2013

Al Stephenson (justifying a bank loan he approved to a customer with no collateral to his boss): "...You see, Mr. Milton, in the Army I've had to be with men when they were stripped of everything in the way of property except what they carried around with them and inside them. I saw them being tested. Now some of them stood up to it, and some didn't. But you got so you could tell which ones you could count on. I tell you this man Novak is okay. His 'collateral' is in his hands, in his heart and his guts. It's in his right as a citizen."

Mar 10, 2013

Homer Parrish (showing Wilma how he prepares for bed by removing his prosthetics and wiggling into his pajama top): "...I'm lucky. I have my elbows. Some of the boys don't. But I can't button them up." Wilma Cameron: "I'll do that, Homer." Homer Parrish: "This is when I know I'm helpless. My hands are down there on the bed. I can't put them on again without calling to somebody for help. I can't smoke a cigarette or read a book. If that door should blow shut, I can't open it and get out of this room. I'm as dependent as a baby that doesn't know how to get anything except to cry for it. Well, now you know, Wilma. Now you have an idea of what it is. I guess you don't know what to say. It's alright. Go on home. Go away like your family said." Wilma Cameron: "I know what to say, Homer. I love you and I'm never going to leave you... never." (smooch)

Mar 10, 2013

Marie Derry: "...What do you think I was doing all those years?" Fred Derry: "I don't know, babe, but I can guess." Marie Derry: "Go ahead. Guess your head off. I could do some guessing myself. What were you up to in London and Paris and all those places? I've given you every chance to make something of yourself. I gave up my own job when you asked me. I gave up the best years of my life, and what have you done? You flopped! Couldn't even hold that job at the drugstore. So I'm going back to work for myself and that means I'm gonna live for myself too. And in case you don't understand English, I'm gonna get a divorce. What have you got to say to that?" Fred Derry: "Don't keep Cliff waiting."

Mar 10, 2013

Fred Derry: "You know what it'll be, don't you, Peggy? It may take us years to get anywhere. We'll have no money, no decent place to live. We'll have to work, get kicked around." (smooch)

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Aug 15, 2013

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