Mr Smith Goes to Washington

Director: Frank Capra | Countries of production: United States | Year: 1939 | Length: 129 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Certificate: U Cert

When the idealistic young Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) winds up appointed to the United States Senate, he gains the mentorship of Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains).

However, Paine isn’t as noble as his reputation would indicate, and he becomes involved in a scheme to discredit Smith, who wants to build a boys’ campsite where a more lucrative project could go. Determined to stand up against Paine and his corrupt peers, Smith takes his case to the Senate floor.

Frank Capra’s comedy has become, not merely a brilliant jest, but a stirring and even inspiring testament to liberty and freedom, to simplicity and honesty and to the innate dignity of just the average man.

Mr. Capra is a believer in democracy as well as a stout-hearted humorist.
The New York Times

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