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Since You Went Away

Released Jul 20, 1944 2h 52m Drama List
77% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 79% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings When her husband leaves to fight in World War II, housewife Anne Hilton (Claudette Colbert) must struggle on alone to raise their two daughters, Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Bridget (Shirley Temple). With a tight budget, Anne is forced to take in two lodgers, elderly ex-soldier Col. William G. Smollett (Monty Woolley) and handsome Lt. Tony Willet (Joseph Cotten). However, loyal maid Fidelia (Hattie McDaniel) stays on unpaid and the makeshift household pulls together through home front hardships. Read More Read Less

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James Agee TIME Magazine Selznick placed a big bet on Shirley Temple's comeback and she pays off enchantingly as a dogged, sensitive, practical little girl with a talent for bargaining. Feb 27, 2018 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 4/5 Nov 12, 2004 Full Review Fannie Hurst Modern Screen Down with over-long, over-stuffed motion pictures! Jun 15, 2023 Full Review Elena de la Torre Cine-Mundial This is a great movie... It also serves to introduce Shirley Temple as a teenager; and she who was the public's girl for years, is now a pleasant promise for the future. [Full review in Spanish] Sep 18, 2019 Full Review Austin Trunick Under the Radar Some could potentially find it too sentimental, but the tone is comparable to what you'd find in one of Frank Capra's movie of the era ... Since You Went Away is a sweet film, and it's a true surprise that it's not better-remembered today. Dec 13, 2017 Full Review Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy Colbert is too good, and the script (though bloated) too full of lovely details about small town American life in the '40s to reject it outright. Rated: 5/10 Jun 17, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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Andy S This is very good movie, well acted with Jennifer Jones as the star, out-acting Shirley Temple and Claudette Colbert. It's not their fault. That's the script. A very syrupy and sentimental film, but that reflects the times during the war. Kind of a time capsule of middle class American life of the time and films of the time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/04/23 Full Review StephenPaul C The greatest 02 hours: and 52 minutes based on World War 2 fighting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/23/23 Full Review steve d The strong performances make it well worth the watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The movie is very propagandish for WW11 and America. There are a couple of parts that are racist-the slanting of the eyes. It also extremely corny most of the time, with Anne being the perfect wife and mom who never loses her shit. I kept waiting for Anne to hook up with Uncle Tony, lol but in all honesty that prob be more realistic. It would've been more realistic too if the dad didn't just turn up one day fine. I dont think most MIAs are found. The film was also far too long at 3 hours with not much plot other than the perfect war time family. That bein said its a good family movie near Christmas time and you start to like the family since u get to know them all so well, even if they're one dimensional. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Jessica C The movie has a brilliant cast which is definitely a plus. I'll be honest, I had a hard time sitting through an hour long movie, one that was boring at times nonetheless. But still, it's very well made, shows how tough war is on everyone and how much it takes to not lose your mind. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/07/20 Full Review Audience Member Wonderful movie - perfect for Christmas season. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When her husband leaves to fight in World War II, housewife Anne Hilton (Claudette Colbert) must struggle on alone to raise their two daughters, Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Bridget (Shirley Temple). With a tight budget, Anne is forced to take in two lodgers, elderly ex-soldier Col. William G. Smollett (Monty Woolley) and handsome Lt. Tony Willet (Joseph Cotten). However, loyal maid Fidelia (Hattie McDaniel) stays on unpaid and the makeshift household pulls together through home front hardships.
Director
John Cromwell
Producer
David O. Selznick
Distributor
United Artists
Production Co
Selznick International Pictures
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 20, 1944, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 19, 2004
Runtime
2h 52m