Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
When idealistic junior senator Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) arrives in Washington, D.C., he's full of plans and dazzled by his surroundings -- qualities he retains despite widespread corruption among his cynical colleagues. Jean Arthur puts in a sharp performance as Smith's streetwise secretary, who helps him navigate his way through Congress, in this Academy Award-winning classic from director Frank Capra.
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
The disc is a restored print of the full-frame original. It contains plenty of extras, including a featurette with Frank Capra Jr., vintage advertising materials, the theatrical trailer and commentary from Capra Jr. about his father's film. The DVD also has extensive subtitles (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai and Korean) and English, Spanish and Portuguese audio tracks in mono.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: PCM Mono, German: PCM Mono, French: PCM Mono, Spanish (Neutral): PCM Mono, Spanish (Castilian): PCM Mono, Italian: PCM Mono, Portuguese (Brazilian): PCM Mono, English: PCM StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this classic gem from 1939 includes lots of smoking (cigarettes, pipes, cigars) consistent with the era and some drunkenness. Even though much of the movie takes place in Senate chambers, there are still a few violent moments including a gun shot, paper boys punched and nearly run down by goons, and the main character punching crooked reporters. Punching aside, the titular Mr. Smith is an otherwise great role model, holding onto his strong convictions even when it seems like everyone is against him. Kids will not only get to see the Lincoln Memorial but learn a bit about how the Senate operates and see a filibuster in action.
- Sexual Content
- Flirting, declarations of love, and a drunken "let's get married."
- A light shatters after a gun is fired and there's a struggle -- gun not shown. Jeff punches a bunch of crooked reporters. Mentions of past death and violence. In a montage, young boys distributing papers are hit by goons, a car with boys in it and a wagon carrying papers are hit by trucks on purpose, and marchers are hosed down by police.
- Just dated and innocent exclamations like, "Great saints!" "You're all wet," and "Stop having kittens."
- Social Behavior
- Loaded with reminders of the importance of honesty, believing in yourself, standing up for what's right, knowing the difference between compromise and corruption, and that liberty and the freedom of speech are precious. It's also worth noting that African Americans are seen as porters and paper boys in this classic movie, but a black man is also seen standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, hat off and deeply moved by where he is.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Lots of smoking -- cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco -- by members of Congress and the press. Saunders gets drunk and almost gets married in the same night. More drinking in bars and in Senator Paine's home.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it