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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn and Lester Koenig.
The film was based on the novel Glory for Me written by MacKinlay Kantor published in 1945.
The Best Years of Our Lives was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.
Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Fredric March||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Harold Russell||Won|
|Best Director||William Wyler||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Daniel Mandell||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Hugo Friedhofer||Won|
|Best Picture||Samuel Goldwyn Productions||Won|
|Best Writing||Robert E. Sherwood||Won|
|Special Award||To Harold Russell for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives.||Won|
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Homer Parrish: I want you to be free, Wilma, to live your own life. I don't want you tied down forever just because you've got a kind heart.
Wilma Cameron: Oh, Homer! Why can't you ever understand the way things really are, the way I really feel? I keep trying to tell you.
Homer Parrish: But, but you don't know, Wilma. You don't know what it'd be like to have to live with me. To have to face this
Homer Parrish: every day, every night.
Wilma Cameron: But I can only find out by trying. And if it turns out I haven't courage enough, we'll soon know it.
Mr. Mollett: Say, uh, do you mind if I ask you a personal question?
Homer Parrish: I know what it is. How did I get these hooks and how do they work? That's what everybody says when they start off, "Do you mind if I ask you a personal question?" Well, I'll tell ya. I got sick and tired of that old pair of hands I had. You know, an awful lot of trouble washing them and manicuring my nails. So I traded them in for a pair of these latest models. They work by radar. Look.
[He takes a scoop of his ice cream sundae with a spoon]
Homer Parrish: Pretty cute, hey?
Milly Stephenson: What do you think of the children?
Al Stephenson: Children? I don't recognize 'em. They've grown so old.
Milly Stephenson: I tried to stop them, to keep them just as they were when you left, but they got away from me.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 24, 1947 with Fredric March, Myrna Loy and Teresa Wright reprising their film roles.
The novel "Glory for Me" by MacKinlay Kantor, upon which Robert E. Sherwood based his screenplay, is written in blank verse.
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