“I’m going to break that marriage up! I can’t stand it seeing Fred tied to a woman he doesn’t love and who doesn’t love him. Oh, it’s horrible for him. It’s humiliating and it’s killing his spirit. Somebody’s got to help him.” – Peggy Stephenson
Number of Times Seen – Between 10-20 times (21 July 2001 on TV, DVD, 16 Jun 2013, 31 Aug 2015, 21 Feb 2016, 20 Nov 2016, 8 Jan 2019, 29 Jan 2020 and 29 Aug 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Following the release from the armed forces after WWII, three veterans return home to find that things have changed from what they experienced before leaving.
My Take on it – This is one of my all time favorite films and I was so happy to hear 8 months ago that it was chosen to be this years Movie By Minute collaborative project chosen and produced by Jim O’Kane of TVdads.com.
I was so thrilled every weekday morning to be listen to listen to different MxM pod-casters discuss this film in minute detail.
Being so familiar with a film and listening to an MxM podcast can often be frustrating because you sometimes wanna yell at the hosts when they seem to get something wrong, but on the other hand, the amount of information that they can relay to the listener is vast and so encompassing to listen to.
Each host group obviously have their own styles and tendencies, and that adds a whole new dynamic to listening to them talk about this movie.
The most controversial and hottest topic that many of the hosts discussed was whether one can consider Marie to be a bad wife or the “villain” of the movie or not.
I have always despised the way that she acts and how she treats Fred, but having listened to the varying viewpoints, I can also understand why one might make a different argument.
The technical aspects of the film are also discussed in a very detailed manner and it was so eye opening especially when they got Director William Wyler’s daughter to be a guest and discuss not only her father’s opinion the film, but also her own role too.
It was so much fun listening to all 170 episodes of the show and helped me love this movie even more than I already did beforehand.
I really enjoyed watching the movie after listening to all of the insight that was relayed to us and that truly enhanced my viewing pleasure this time and I’m sure on any other subsequent viewings in the future.
Tnx gain to Jim and all of the 17 teams of hosts who led us all thru the journey of The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Homer is lighting everyone’s cigarettes, after the second one he asks if either of the two men are superstitious. They say no and he says that he is, blows out the match and lights up a second. This is actually in reference to a habit amongst ground troops of the first World War. It is called the Three on a Match superstition: the enemy would see the light as the first cigarette is lit, they would take aim when the second is lit and would pull the trigger when the third is lit. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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