It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson (Fredric March) is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past? Featuring a brilliant cast that includes Myrna Loy and Virginia Mayo, this postwar classic garnered seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Heart-wrenching, touching and "filled with emotional dynamite" (The Hollywood Reporter), it remains "one of the best films about war veterans ever made" (American Movie Classics Magazine).

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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

War/Romance/Drama · 2h 50m

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It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson (Fredric March) is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past? Featuring a brilliant cast that includes Myrna Loy and Virginia Mayo, this postwar classic garnered seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Heart-wrenching, touching and "filled with emotional dynamite" (The Hollywood Reporter), it remains "one of the best films about war veterans ever made" (American Movie Classics Magazine).

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

The Samuel Goldwyn Company

Budget

$2,100,000

Revenue

$23,650,000
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Cast
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Myrna Loy

Milly Stephenson
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Fredric March

Al Stephenson (as Frederic March)
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Dana Andrews

Fred Derry
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Teresa Wright

Peggy Stephenson
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Virginia Mayo

Marie Derry
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Cathy O'Donnell

Wilma Cameron
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Hoagy Carmichael

Butch Engle
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Harold Russell

Homer Parrish
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Gladys George

Hortense Derry
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Roman Bohnen

Pat Derry
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Ray Collins

Mr. Milton
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Minna Gombell

Mrs. Parrish
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Walter Baldwin

Mr. Parrish
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Steve Cochran

Cliff
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Dorothy Adams

Mrs. Cameron
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Don Beddoe

Mr. Cameron
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Marlene Aames

Luella Parrish
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Charles Halton

Prew
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Ray Teal

Mr. Mollett
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Howland Chamberlain

Thorpe (as Howland Chamberlin)
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Dean White

Novak
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Erskine Sanford

Bullard
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Michael Hall

Rob Stephenson
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Victor Cutler

Woody Merrill
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Jimmy Ames

Jackie (uncredited)
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Carol Andrews

Saleswoman (uncredited)
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Mary Arden

Miss Barbour (uncredited)
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Gertrude Astor

Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Edward Biby

Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Harry Cheshire

Minister at Wedding (uncredited)
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Sidney Clute

Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)
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Tom Coleman

Waiter (uncredited)
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Joyce Compton

Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
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James Conaty

Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Heinie Conklin

Customer (uncredited)
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Bert Conway

ATC Sergeant (uncredited)
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Clancy Cooper

Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Mady Correll

Announcer (uncredited)
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Roy Darmour

Parking Lot Attendant (uncredited)
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Hal K. Dawson

Man at Airport (uncredited)
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Lawrence Dobkin

Bank Customer with Hat (uncredited)
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Lester Dorr

Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Claire Du Brey

Mrs. Talburt - Perfume Customer (uncredited)
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Tom Dugan

Doorman (uncredited)
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Dick Earle

Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Edward Earle

Steese - Bank (uncredited)
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Blake Edwards

Corporal at ATC Counter (uncredited)
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Billy Engle

Customer (uncredited)
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Ben Erway

Lou Latham - Bank (uncredited)
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Doris June Fesetta

Camera Girl (uncredited)
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Pat Flaherty

Salvage Foreman (uncredited)
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Tennessee Ernie Ford

Nightclub / Hillbilly Singer (uncredited)
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Louise Franklin

Ladies' Room Attendant (uncredited)
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Harry Gillette

Card Player at Lucia's (uncredited)
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Dick Gordon

Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)
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Herschel Graham

Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Marion Gray

Department Store Customer (uncredited)
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Earle Hodgins

Diner Attendant at Lucia's (uncredited)
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Stuart Holmes

Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Ray Hyke

Gus - Salvage Worker (uncredited)
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John Ince

Ryan - Bank Guard (uncredited)
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Teddy Infuhr

Dexter - Brat in Drugstore (uncredited)
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Jackie Jackson

A Boy (uncredited)
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Georgia Kane

Singer (uncredited)
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Robert Karnes

Technical Sergeant (uncredited)
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Kenner G. Kemp

Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Donald Kerr

Steve the Bartender (uncredited)
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Gene Krupa

Musician - Drum Solo (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Ethelreda Leopold

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Alyn Lockwood

Counter Girl (uncredited)
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Wilbur Mack

Man at Airport (uncredited)
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Susan Mann

Announcer (uncredited)
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Thomas Martin

Waiter (uncredited)
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Michael Mauree

Glamour Girl (uncredited)
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Doreen McCann

A Girl (uncredited)
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Peggy McIntyre

Girl at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited)
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Russell Meeker

Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Chef Milani

Giuseppe - Lucia's Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited)
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Harold Miller

Wealthy Man at Nightclub (uncredited)
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Ernesto Molinari

Card Player (uncredited)
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William Newell

Waiter at Bank Dinner (uncredited)
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Georgie Nokes

One of Homer's 'Kids' (uncredited)
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William H. O'Brien

Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
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Joe Palma

Card Player (uncredited)
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Leo Penn

ATC Corporal (uncredited)
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Caleb Peterson

Black Soldier at Airfield (uncredited)
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Norman Phillips Jr.

Clarence 'Sticky' Merkle (uncredited)
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Jack Rice

Apartment Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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Suzanne Ridgway

Girl at Table with Cliff (uncredited)
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Mickey Roth

Boy at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited)
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Loretta Russell

Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Ruth Sanderson

Mrs. Garrett (uncredited)
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Ralph Sanford

George H. Gibbons (uncredited)
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Noreen Sayles

Girl (uncredited)
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Stephen Soldi

Card Player (uncredited)
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Bert Stevens

Man at Airport / Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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John Tyrrell

Angus - Butch's Waiter (uncredited)
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Amelita Ward

Counter Girl (uncredited)
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Jan Wiley

Perfume Saleswoman (uncredited)
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Marek Windheim

Waiter at Lucia's Restaurant (uncredited)
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Catherine Wyler

Department Store Customer (uncredited)
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Judy Wyler

Department Store Customer (uncredited)
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William Wyler

Cameo - Drug Store customer (uncredited)
Crew
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William Wyler

Director
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Robert E. Sherwood

Writer
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MacKinlay Kantor

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Best Years of Our Lives

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

12/22/2020

Disc Title Front Cover

The Best Years of Our Lives

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

6/18/2000

Disc Title Front Cover

The Best Years of Our Lives

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

11/5/2013

Disc Title Front Cover

The Best Years of Our Lives

(DVD)

1/15/2013

Disc Title Front Cover

The Best Years of Our Lives

(DVD)

10/28/1997

Disc Title Front Cover

The Best Years of Our Lives

(DVD)

12/22/2020

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