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The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives is a classic film from director Williams Wyler about three war veterans. The film earned seven Oscars in 1946.

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Released: Nov 21st, 1946
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Rating:
Runtime: 172 Minutes
Genres: Drama / Romance / War
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The Best Years of Our Lives Main Cast

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Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
plays Milly Stephenson
Fredric March
Fredric March
plays Al Stephenson
Dana Andrews
Dana Andrews
plays Fred Derry
Teresa Wright
Teresa Wright
plays Peggy Stephenson
Virginia Mayo
Virginia Mayo
plays Marie Derry
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • For his performance as Homer Parrish, Harold Russell became the only actor to win two Academy Awards for the same role.
  • William Wyler, who served as a major in the Army Air Force during World War II, incorporated his own wartime experiences into The Best Years of Our Lives. Just as Fred Derry did in the movie, Wyler flew in B-17s in combat over Germany, although rather than being a bombardier, as Derry was, he filmed footage for documentary films. Additionally, Wyler modeled the reunion of Al and Milly, in which they first see each other at opposite ends of a long hallway, on his own homecoming to his wife, Talli.
  • William Wyler wanted a completely unglamorous look, requiring all costumes to be bought off the rack and worn by the cast before filming, and making sure all sets were built smaller than life-size.
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): When Fred enters the cockpit of the B-17 at the end of the film, he rummages through the debris and there is far too much dust, sand etc. in the cockpit. This debris is not the cause of battle or enemy flak but of "time" and since the film was shot in 1946 (1 year after the War ended) and the plane it self would have been at the most 5 years old. It has the aging of an aircraft that has been sitting in mothballs for decades.
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