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      Make Way for Tomorrow

      Released Apr 30, 1937 1h 34m Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 92% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Retired married couple Barkley (Victor Moore) and Lucy (Beulah Bondi) struggle through the Great Depression, losing their home to foreclosure. Their five grown children have their own financial problems, and although son George (Thomas Mitchell) and daughter Nellie (Minna Gombell) can each board one of their parents, none of the children can afford to house them both. Before they are forced to split up, the couple take one last outing together as they ponder their futures. Read More Read Less

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      Keith Uhlich Time Out Dry eyes are not an option for this 1937 Depression-era masterpiece. Rated: 5/5 May 21, 2021 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times It's easy to imagine it being sentimentalized by a studio executive, being made more upbeat for the audience. That's not McCarey. Rated: 4/4 Oct 17, 2018 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews The acting is peerless. Leads Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi, playing characters much older than the actors were at the time (the aging makeup is fantastic), are heartbreakingly believable. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 2, 2018 Full Review Rob Aldam Backseat Mafia A movie which deserves to be reappraised as a masterpiece. Apr 20, 2022 Full Review Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight While some films can be utterly tone deaf to those environments, Make Way for Tomorrow is a poignant reflection of them, a riveting, heart-wrenching film made in the heart of the Great Depression. Rated: 4/4 Feb 12, 2022 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com A rarity amongst studio films from that glorious age of black and white as well as today, Make Way For Tomorrow is resoundingly, beautifully compassionate. Rated: 4/5 Oct 27, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Blu B Solid All Around and defintely a hidden gem. It's very suprising how down to earth and relatable and the level of maturity of the themes being tackled here in a 90 minute film. It covers quite a bit of ground and pretty much everything is solid about it. The cinematography isn't bad but probably the weakest part. Half the time the shots are pretty basic and could use more close ups or better framing or more memorable settings. Also, it can be a bit dry in the first half because there isn't much music until the second half which is pretty good. My biggest issue of all is this story felt like it could've been more fleshed out and sprawling. It feels like this could've been a 2 plus hour melodrama with more fleshed out drama to it and even more deeper exploration of such a complex issue. It's still solid and has quite a few really good touching scenes and with what ground that is touched is done quite well. Anyone who is a fan of the director, actors, or golden era melodramas will like this. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/18/23 Full Review Tim O Dark, 'Cruel Offspring' movie. Starts with the Xmas Holiday (making it 'A Christmas Movie', in our household), spans a period of time tracking a pre-Social Security mid-Great Depression destitute retired couple, and their self-centered offspring, selfishly kicking them around the family, every time they become less than convenient. Goes from dark, to darker to darkest, with a steady stream of cringe-worthy commentary from the younger folks... Bonus: Beulah Bondi - queen of the Holiday Movie Mothers - appears yet again in this film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/18/23 Full Review Jonathan G I have never seen such a perfect film like this in the longest time. Probably the greatest testament of love throughout the years of filmmaking, I haven't seen anything like it (the closest being Tokyo Story). Such a beautifully shot and written film, you can feel the love that was injected into this film. A powerful tearjerker that should never be forgotten. I love you, cinema. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/03/23 Full Review Leaburn O Quite a humdrum film at times until the final half hour when it becomes an unconventional, heartfelt romantic tragedy. A classic of black and white cinema that is probably more appreciated today than it was in its time. Will keep you thinking. I had to spend a small fortune for Blu ray copy of this film as it can't be streamed in the uk and it's not a cheap film to buy. Nice to have it in the library however. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/15/23 Full Review daniel k Paul Rudd was not in this movie Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Commenting on McCarey's "Make Way for Tomorrow," Orson Welles once opined that "it would make a stone cry." Such is the emotional depth of this depression-era tearjerker; it moves us with a commentary on inter-generational conflict that is all the more heartbreaking for its universality. Older viewers will immediately connect with the depiction of a love that has been cultivated between the two lead characters over a span of decades, whereas younger viewers may feel invited to reflect on their own attitudes towards the elderly. It is, in other words, one of those rare films which touches upon a theme that is so achingly relatable, that one may feel compelled to exercise that little extra ounce of care in their own lives and relationships. Although reformulated years later as Ozu's "Tokyo Story," this original source material by McCarey remains just as heartrending and resonant as any reiterations that have since come down the pike. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Retired married couple Barkley (Victor Moore) and Lucy (Beulah Bondi) struggle through the Great Depression, losing their home to foreclosure. Their five grown children have their own financial problems, and although son George (Thomas Mitchell) and daughter Nellie (Minna Gombell) can each board one of their parents, none of the children can afford to house them both. Before they are forced to split up, the couple take one last outing together as they ponder their futures.
      Director
      Leo McCarey
      Screenwriter
      Helen Leary, Nolan Leary, Viña Delmar
      Production Co
      Paramount
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 30, 1937, Limited
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 23, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 34m