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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 08:57 PM

Watching over on TCM the movie "The Best Years of our Lives"...

The guys coming home from war, trying to squeeze all that they missed on the first night home. The families trying to get their hands back around their loved ones, to squeeze out the war and yet not knowing how to do it or when to ask questions...

It's been happening since Homer wrote about it back so many years ago.

Curiously, the navy guy who lost him arms is named Homer. A vet who had lost his hands in the Navy played the roll of the disabled sailor.

Funny, the banker was a Sgt and the soda jerk was a Captain. Big shot in the military and back at the soda counter when he came home.

I've seen the movie several times, it still gets me even though I can watch while cobbling together a dinner for us.

At least these guys mustered out instead of being whisked from the jungle and dropped back into the states with out any decompression. No wonder the Vietnam vets felt out of sorts.

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Reply Watching over on TCM the movie "The Best Years of our Lives"... (Original post)
WCGreen Aug 2012 OP
Lint Head Aug 2012 #1
Enrique Aug 2012 #2
Frances Aug 2012 #3
Lint Head Aug 2012 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2012 #5

Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:13 PM

1. I like the movie. There is one scene that disturbed me.

A customer in a store talks about how he is anti war. The soldier threatens the man.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:20 PM

2. he wasnt just antiwar as I recall

he was disdainful of the soldiers, suggesting they were suckers or something like that.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:27 PM

3. It's been some time since I saw the movie

But are you thinking of the scene where the man at the counter implies that it would have been better if the Nazi's had won?

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Response to Frances (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:47 PM

4. I don't remember the scene exactly. I just recall

the exchange.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:58 PM

5. Yeah, the way the WWII vets got mustered out was so much better than how the Vietnam vets were...

But WWII was the "last good war" and we all know how Americans viewed Vietnam...



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