The Best Years of Our Lives quotes

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The story concentrates on the social re-adjustment of three World War II servicemen, each from a different station of society. Al Stephenson returns to an influential banking position, but finds it hard to reconcile his loyalties to ex-servicemen with new commercial realities. Fred Derry is an ordinary working man who finds it difficult to hold down a job or pick up the threads of his marriage. Having had both hands burnt off during the war, Homer Parrish is unsure that his fiancée's feelings are still those of love and not those of pity. Each of the veterans faces a crisis upon his arrival, and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home.

Director: William Wyler
Writer: Robert E. Sherwood (screen play), MacKinlay Kantor (from a novel by)
Production: RKO Radio Pictures
Genre: drama, romance, war
Year: 1946
MetaScore: 93/100
ImdbRating: 8.0
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 29 May 1947
Awards: Won 7 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 3 nominations.

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Milly Stephenson - Myrna Loy
Al Stephenson - Fredric March
Fred Derry - Dana Andrews
Peggy Stephenson - Teresa Wright
Marie Derry - Virginia Mayo
Wilma Cameron - Cathy O'Donnell
Butch Engle - Hoagy Carmichael
Homer Parrish - Harold Russell
Hortense Derry - Gladys George
Pat Derry - Roman Bohnen
Mr. Milton - Ray Collins
Mrs. Parrish - Minna Gombell
Mr. Parrish - Walter Baldwin
Mrs. Cameron - Dorothy Adams
Mr. Cameron - Don Beddoe
Luella Parrish - Marlene Aames
Mr. Mollett - Ray Teal
Novak - Dean White
Bullard - Erskine Sanford
Rob Stephenson - Michael Hall
Woody Merrill - Victor Cutler
Jackie - Jimmy Ames
Saleswoman - Carol Andrews
Miss Barbour - Mary Arden
Minister at Wedding - Harry Cheshire
Drugstore Clerk - Sidney Clute
Hat Check Girl - Joyce Compton
Man at Bank Dinner - James Conaty
Customer - Heinie Conklin
ATC Sergeant - Bert Conway
Taxi Driver - Clancy Cooper
Announcer - Mady Correll
Parking Lot Attendant - Roy Darmour
Man at Airport - Hal K. Dawson
Bank Customer with Hat - Lawrence Dobkin
Bar Patron - Lester Dorr
Mrs. Talburt - Perfume Customer - Claire Du Brey
Doorman - Tom Dugan
Steese - Bank - Edward Earle
Corporal at ATC Counter - Blake Edwards
Customer - Billy Engle
Lou Latham - Bank - Ben Erway
Camera Girl - Doris June Fesetta
Salvage Foreman - Pat Flaherty
Nightclub / Hillbilly Singer - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Ladies' Room Attendant - Louise Franklin
Card Player at Lucia's - Harry Gillette
Maitre d'Hotel - Dick Gordon
Diner Attendant at Lucia's - Earle Hodgins
Wedding Guest - Stuart Holmes
Gus - Salvage Worker - Ray Hyke
Ryan - Bank Guard - John Ince
Dexter - Brat in Drugstore - Teddy Infuhr
Singer - Georgia Kane
Technical Sergeant - Robert Karnes
Man at Bank Dinner - Kenner G. Kemp
Steve the Bartender - Donald Kerr
Musician - Drum Solo (archive footage) - Gene Krupa
Counter Girl - Alyn Lockwood
Man at Airport - Wilbur Mack
Announcer - Susan Mann
Waiter - Thomas Martin
Glamour Girl - Michael Mauree
A Girl - Doreen McCann
Girl at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene - Peggy McIntyre
Giuseppe - Lucia's Restaurant Proprietor - Chef Milani
Wealthy Man at Nightclub - Harold Miller
Card Player - Ernesto Molinari
Waiter at Bank Dinner - William Newell
One of Homer's 'Kids' - Georgie Nokes
Nightclub Waiter - William H. O'Brien
Card Player - Joe Palma
ATC Corporal - Leo Penn
Black Soldier at Airfield - Caleb Peterson
Clarence 'Sticky' Merkle - Norman Phillips Jr.
Apartment Desk Clerk - Jack Rice
Girl at Table with Cliff - Suzanne Ridgway
Boy at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene - Mickey Roth
Mrs. Garrett - Ruth Sanderson
George H. Gibbons - Ralph Sanford
Card Player - Stephen Soldi
Man at Airport / Dinner Guest - Bert Stevens
Angus - Butch's Waiter - John Tyrrell
Counter Girl - Amelita Ward
Perfume Saleswoman - Jan Wiley
Waiter at Lucia's Restaurant - Marek Windheim
Department Store Customer - Catherine Wyler
Department Store Customer - Judy Wyler