The Best Years of Our Lives

  • Film
  • Drama
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Overlong, perhaps, but this tender and occasionally tough look at the plight of returning war veterans is one of Wyler's best films. Robert Sherwood's script is thorough without falling into undue sentimentality or bombast, the performances throughout are splendid (including that of Russell, an amateur actor who was himself an amputee), and Gregg Toland's masterly camerawork serves as a textbook on the proper use of deep focus. Maybe not the masterpiece it would like to be, but a model of fine Hollywoood craftsmanship all the same.

Release details

Duration: 172 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Wyler
Screenwriter: Robert E Sherwood
Cast: Fredric March
Myrna Loy
Dana Andrews
Teresa Wright
Virginia Mayo
Harold Russell
Hoagy Carmichael
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