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Tuesday, 05 January 2016 at 7.15pm
William Wyler
  • Drama
  • 1947
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 172 mins.
 
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Winner of 7 Oscars including Best film, Best Director, Best Actor and second only to Gone With the Wind at the box office at the time of its release, William Wyler's timeless story of three World War II veterans returning to their small home town reveals a side of conflict we rarely see. Each character faces his own demons in coming home, finding relationships with families irreparably changed and trying to put the horrors he has witnessed behind him. "Wars, no matter when they are fought or which weapons are employed, share many common characteristics. One is that the cheapest currency is human life. Another is that even the winners pay a toll. And a third is that many soldiers, upon returning home, must engage in a struggle nearly as great as the one they fought on the battlefield."

Director:

 
William Wyler

Cinematographer:

 
Gregg Toland, Editor; Daniel Mandell, Music; Hugo Friedhofer

Screenplay:

 
Robert E Sherwood, from the blank verse novella, "Glory for Me," by MacKinlay Kantor

Cast:

 
Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Harold Russell, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael

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