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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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Frank Capra

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About the Movie

Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains star in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, the award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him. When Frank Capra decided to film the novel "The Gentleman From Montana", he ran into an obstacle Director Rouben Mamoulian owned the rights to the story. Unwilling to sell, Mamoulian eventually traded the material to Columbia on the condition that he be allowed to direct Golden Boy. As Capra began working on the film, now called Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, it was suggested that Gary Copper, the star of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, take the lead. Capra selected Jimmy Stewart instead and the film solidified Stewart's movie career, garnering him his first Academy Award® nomination. Receiving a total of eleven 1939 Oscar® nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), and winning one (Best Motion Picture Story), Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is considered one of Capra's, Stewart's and Columbia's finest films. It also marked the end of an era. It was Capra's final film for the studio.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Smith is one of the best shows of the year. More fun, even, than the Senate itself. – Frank S. Nugent, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: One of the finest and consistently interesting dramas of the season. – Variety Staff, Variety, Aug 29, 2012

Fresh: This is classic Capracorn. – Don Druker, Chicago Reader, Aug 29, 2012

Fresh: 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, Aug 17, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Great movie.

This is one of my favorite movies ever.


May be an old movie, but one of the best. Everything was just great about this movie. 6 stars.


The only movie that had the ‘balls’ to tell and show how our system really is about..disfungtional, corrupt and done right a slap to our founding fathers. They must be spinning in there graves. Good lesson for the jerks who ‘run’ the shoe today.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1939

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