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.
Perhaps the most memorable film about the aftermath of WWII, it unfolds with the homecoming of three veterans to the same small town. The leads all touch emotional truths: Loy seems able to express longing, joy, fear, and surprise - even with her back turned - in a particularly poignant welcome home. The movie never glosses over the reality of altered lives and the inability to communicate the experience of war on the front lines or the home front. A landmark achievement. WWII vet Russell, who lost his hands in the war, is the only person to win two Oscars for the same role, Best Supporting Actor and a special Oscar "for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance."
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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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Al Stephenson: No. Too sane for my own good.
[Homer has asked Wilma into his bedroom to see what happens as he prepares for bed. After removing his hooks and harness, he 'wiggles' into his pajama top]
Homer Parrish: 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 all right. Go on home. Go away like your family said.
Wilma Cameron: [She kneels in front of him] I know what to say, Homer. I love you and I'm never going to leave you... never.
[She kisses him]
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 first movie recorded in Stereo using the Westrex Recording system. The Stereophonic version exists in the form of studio acetate masters but was never married to the picture. Only a handful of theaters were equipped for multi-channel sound at the time of its original release.
Cathy O'Donnell went on to marry William Wyler's brother, Robert Wyler.
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