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Hail the Conquering Hero

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Preston Sturges

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About the Movie

Academy Award®-winning writer and director Preston Sturges (Sullivan's Travels) delivers a hilarious satire on the American penchant for hero worship in Hail the Conquering Hero. Born on the day his father died a hero in WWI, Woodrow Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) enlists proudly when WWII begins. Although anxious to serve his country, Woodrow is quickly discharged because of his chronic hay fever. Ashamed to return, the "conquering hero" manages to dupe his girlfriend, friends and entire hometown by having his buddies forward his letters from the "Pacific." Nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award®, this quick-witted comedy classic showcases the talents of Preston Sturges at his best.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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95%
  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This riotously funny motion picture, this superlative small-town comedy, is also one of the wisest ever to burst from a big-time studio. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The deft hand of Preston Sturges molded this film, further proof that he is one of the industry's best writer-directors. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A scathing delight. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Wonderful satire on small-town jingoism, all the more remarkable in that it was made during World War II. – Tom Milne, Time Out, Nov 13, 2007

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Hail the Conquering Hero
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1944

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