The Best Years Of Lives


Director William Wyler had seen war service himself, so who better to take on this downbeat 1946 study of the plight of the returning war veteran?

A prototype Born On The Fourth Of July, The Best Years Of Our Lives blessedly renounces bombast and slick sentimental uplift as it traces the progress of three men returning to a middle-American town. Fredric March (never better) finds his old banking job cramped and soulless. Dana Andrews faces a crumbling marriage. And a young sailor, played by genuine amputee Harold Russell, must cope with having lost both of his arms.

Wyler also lines up a crack female supporting cast - - Myrna Loy, Theresa Wright, Virginia Mayo - - and benefits from having the great Gregg Toland as cameraman, providing pin-sharp, deep-focus photography. Winner of seven Oscars, this is intelligent, liberal-minded Hollywood moviemaking at its most crafted - - if a tad overlong at just under three hours.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2004

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