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Still shot from the movie: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Political manipulation and backroom bargaining are at the heart of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington when the idealistic and na├»ve leader of a prominent boys' organization (Jimmy Stewart) is sent to the Capitol to replace a recently deceased senator. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 129
Theater Release: 12 Oct 1939
Video Release: 08 Dec 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Do you think political corruption is better or worse in light of our more modern media and communications efforts?

In this movie, media (Jim Taylor owned a chain of newspapers) is seen as having a great deal of influence on the political process and popular opinion. Are you surprised that the media would be depicted that way in 1939? Does the media have that kind of power today?

What kinds of traits do the political leaders of today posses? What kinds of traits should they have? Are morals and ethic valued today?

Would you want Mr. Smith to represent your state? Why?

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