Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Frank Capra's classic comedy-drama established James Stewart as a lead actor in one of his finest (and most archetypal) roles. The film opens as a succession of reporters shout into telephones announcing the death of Senator Samuel Foley. Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains), the state's senior senator, puts in a call to Governor Hubert "Happy" Hopper (Guy Kibbee) reporting the news. Hopper then calls powerful media magnate Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold), who controls the state -- along with the lawmakers. Taylor orders Hopper to appoint an interim senator to fill out Foley's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"This is classic Capracorn."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Quintessential Capra - popular wish-fulfilment served up with such fast-talking comic panache that you don't have time to question its cornball idealism."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Wonderful classic movie for the family."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Capra's Depression era film is a classic, timeless statement about American ideals, featuring a bravura turn from Jimmy Stewart as a young idealistic Senator, fighting corruption in Washington D.C."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Resisting Capra's manipulation -- manipulation in service of what? -- may well place one in violation of the Patriot Act today. But surely I'm not the only one who resents it."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is going to be the big movie explosion of the year, and reviewers are going to think twice and think sourly before they'll want to put it down for the clumsy and irritating thing it is."
‑ Otis Ferguson, The New Republic
"Mr. Smith is one of the best shows of the year. More fun, even, than the Senate itself."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Well, this one certainly feels fresh and relevant today, doesn't it?"
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Pick it apart, dissect it and even roll your eyes at the ridiculous ending. Still, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" will get to you, even if you're in your most cynical mood."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Pure cornball idealism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the finest and consistently interesting dramas of the season."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is so far the best Hollywood picture of the year. It is pleasant to be able to say this without if's and but's."
‑ Franz Hoellering, The Nation
"It competes only with It Happened One Night for the title of Capra's most entertaining film ever."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Every citizen should be made to watch in exchange for the right to vote."
‑ , Film Threat
"Simplistic and preachy, but effective due to the performances."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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