Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1939

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Director:
Frank Capra
Released:
1939
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Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.

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  • 100

    Empire David Parkinson

    Demonstrating that the greatest political evil is indifference, this appeal to a world on the verge of war has lost none of its relevance.

  • 100

    The New York Times Frank S. Nugent

    [Capra] has paced it beautifully and held it in perfect balance, weaving his romance lightly through the political phases of his comedy, flicking a sardonic eye over the Washington...

  • 80

    Time Out

    Quintessential Capra - popular wish-fulfilment served up with such fast-talking comic panache that you don't have time to question its cornball idealism.

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