Three WWII vets return home to try to pick up the threads of their lives. A film that represented a large chunk of American society and helped it readjust to the modern postwar ambience is now considered an American classic. Supporting actor Russell, an actual veteran, holds a record for winning two Oscars for a single role. In addition to his Best Supporting Actor award, Russell was given a special Oscar for bringing hope and courage to fellow veterans. Based on the novella by MacKinlay Kantor. Remade for TV as "Returning Home" in 1975.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 170 minutes.
Oscars 1946: Actor (March), Director (Wyler), Film Editing, Picture, Screenplay, Support. Actor (Russell), Orig. Dramatic Score; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1947: Film; Golden Globes 1947: Film--Drama; Natl. Bd. of Review 1946: Director (Wyler), Natl. Film Reg. 1989;; N.Y. Film Critics 1946: Director (Wyler), Film.
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