Bright Victory (1951)


“I told ya i wanted security, remember… well I was looking for it in all the wrong places. Nobody can ever give it to you Judy. That way, it costs too much, you gotta make it for yourself. ” – Larry

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A soldier during World War II gets wounded and loses his eyesight and must find a way to recovery despite no longer being able to see.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never even heard of before seeing and also didn’t have any clue what it was all about.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this film and was amazed at how enjoyable it was.

They are able to portray a story about disabilities and racial tolerance all wrapped into one.

I’ve seen Arthur Kennedy in other films, but he was usually a supporting character and this was the first time that I saw him in a lead.

This is by far the best performance of his career and his character comes across as seeming quite genuine and real which helps the story feel so realistic the entire time.

The story itself is quite poignant and presented really well and the premise has been copied many times over the years using various disabilities and diseases as the main theme.

Here, they manage to give us a spectacular depiction of how someone can learn to live with a disability and try and find a way to live a happy life while also making a difference in the world around him.

Bottom Line – Amazing film about disabilities and also racial tolerance at the same time. Kennedy gives the performance of his career and it feel quite genuine and works so well. The story is a great one that has been copied many times over with various disabilities and diseases over the years, but this is a spectacular depiction of learning to live with a disability and finding a way to try and make a difference in the world.. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ten blind WWII veterans at the hospital appeared as extras and were advisers for this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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