The Best Years of Our Lives

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Overview

It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?

  1. MacKinlay Kantor

    Novel

  2. William Wyler

    Director

  3. Robert E. Sherwood

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Fredric March

    Fredric March

    Al Stephenson

  2. Myrna Loy

    Myrna Loy

    Milly Stephenson

  3. Dana Andrews

    Dana Andrews

    Fred Derry

  4. Teresa Wright

    Teresa Wright

    Peggy Stephenson

  5. Virginia Mayo

    Virginia Mayo

    Marie Derry

  6. Cathy O'Donnell

    Cathy O'Donnell

    Wilma Cameron

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 52m

Budget $2,100,000.00

Revenue $23,650,000.00

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Release Information

  • November 21, 1946
    Premiere
  • December 25, 1946
    Theatrical
  • February 3, 1954
    Theatrical
  • June 6, 2014
    PG, Theatrical

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A review by Andres Gomez

8.0
By Andres Gomez

Another great Willy Wyler movie.

The story, with time, is quite expectable but the characters are well defined and developed by the cast.

Also, it is a good (and probably, too positive) review of the after WWII war lives of the US veterans.

A must to be seen.

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