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Since You Went Away (1944)

Claudette Colbert , Jennifer Jones , David O. Selznick , Edward F. Cline  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Monty Woolley
  • Directors: David O. Selznick, Edward F. Cline, John Cromwell, Tay Garnett
  • Writers: David O. Selznick, Margaret Buell Wilder
  • Producers: David O. Selznick
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KPHZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Since You Went Away" on IMDb

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Nominated* for nine Academy AwardsÂ(r), this heart-warming, soul-stirring (Variety) portrait of life on the homefront during World War II is a magnificent picture rich in humor and poignant with heartbreak (The Hollywood Reporter). Claudette Colbert heads an all-star cast,including Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten and Shirley Temple, in this beautifully produced picture that gets into your heart (Los Angeles Examiner). With her husband Tim off at war, Anne Hilton (Colbert) struggles to be a pillar of strength for her daughters Jane (Jones) and Bridget (Temple). During America's darkest hours, she bravely steers her girls through heartbreak and hardships as she eagerly awaits news from overseas and wonders if life will ever be the same. *1944: Best Picture, Actress (Colbert), Supporting Actor (Monty Woolley), Supporting Actress (Jones), Cinematography (B&W), Art Direction (B&W), Editing, Music Score (won), Special Effects

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154 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching War Portrait September 19, 2004
Format:DVD
"Since You Went Away" was released in 1944 and shows a different side of war - families coping with life stateside. The peerless Claudette Colbert stars as Anne Hilton, and the picture picks up with her entering her empty home after her husband has been deployed. She struggles to put on a happy face for her teen daughters, played by Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple. All three of them make sacrifices and experience tragedies as they bravely endure war which impinges on their previously ideal middle-class life. Into their lives come an abrasive, retired Colonel (Monty Woolley), the Colonel's timid son (Robert Walker, who was married to Jennifer Jones at the time), and a charming family friend who is stationed nearby (Joseph Cotton).

Producer David O. Selznick wanted the movie to be as superior as his earlier "Gone with the Wind." That comparison is a bit lofty, but "Since You Went Away" is extremely good - a top-notch Hollywood film in every way. The casting and acting are superlative, particularly Colbert; Temple is also quite good in one of her few young adult roles. The direction by John Cromwell (father of actor James) is stunning, with a multitude of intimate scenes interspersed with some incredible set-pieces, such as the USO cantina dance. Perhaps the most famous scene takes place in a train station, with Jennifer Jones tearfully biding goodbye to her boyfriend as she runs alongside his train. The scene was even parodied in "Airplane!"

Although the film teeters toward melodrama at times and the movie is undeniably glossy, but the script is so pitch-perfect and warm that it manages to be tremendously effective. The film may sound like an American retread of 1942's "Mrs. Miniver," but the plot is quite different and even funny at times.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful WW2 Tribute To The Home Front October 7, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Peerless is how I would describe David O. Selznick's beautiful 1944 tribute to the stength and fortitude of those family members fighting the "other war", on the home front while their men were away on active duty overseas. "Since You Went Away", covers this topic in a sensitive, emotionally charged and at times quite stark manner that never fails to move and touch me with its beautiful writing, flawless acting performances and quite simple message of pulling together in times of need for the better good of all.
Planned as David O. Selznick's followup to the classic "Gone With The Wind", "Since You Went Away" had in common with that film the theme of the effect that war has on a family and everything that it values. Despite it's epic size the film surprisingly focuses on a small close knit family unit headed by Anne Hilton(Claudette Colbert in an unforgettable performance), and takes us through the course of one year in the lives of Anne and her two daughters Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Bridget (Brig), (Shirley Temple in her teenage comeback performance). Much is changed and altered forever in their existence through the trials and tribulations inflicted by the war. We see Anne having to find the inner strength to cope with keeping her family together and operating as normal without her husband beside her, while still experiencing the fear and concern for him while he is in constant danger. The financial situation forces Anne to take in a stranger as a source of much needed income and gruff Colonel Smollett (Monty Woolley), joins the household and unknowingly ignites a romance between Jane and his estranged grandson Bill (Robert Walker).
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Wonder We Won! November 30, 2003
By JK
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I respectfully disagree that this is a film for women only. I've loved this film since I first saw it as a teenager. Claudette Colbert was never better than in her role as Ann Hilton; she manages to balance passion and dignity in her own unique manner. Joseph Cotton is unmatched as the family's best friend, so suave and yet sensitive. I've always been a great admirer of the underrated Agnes Moorhead, and she rivals her part in "Dark Passage" with her role as a flighty and selfish man-chaser here. Monty Wooley was every bit as memorable here as in "The Man Who Came to Dinner". Shirley Temple's part was somewhat limited but she proved herself well.

I found it awkward when the immigrant co-worker of Colbert recited the Lazarus poem off the Statue of Liberty, particularly in view of the segregation of American society and the military. That couldn't be helped in this production, of course.

The entire production is typical of the best of Hollywood then--in other words, yet to be matched by today's filmmakers. The richness of the black-and-white, the basic camera work, the perfect sets. It's why I love these old films.

True, this film is a tearjerker. Nothing wrong with that. True, it might be viewed as a form of propoganda. Nothing wrong with that, either. It remains an eloquent testament to a nation and a time when the 'bad guys' were easy to identify. At the least, I hope viewing this will remind all of us to contribute to the WW II Memorial in Washington!

BTW when is this coming out on DVD?

PS--11/26/04--I just got the DVD version--fantastic video and sound quality, all one could ask. Still the classic, still with an emotional honesty sadly lacking in more modern films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Since You Went Away - Buy it today!
David Selznick owes me a box of tissues. I cried. I laughed. I sighed. This wonderful WWII-era film shows the hardships a family suffered when the breadwinner went to war. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Janet R. Rockey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
A very enjoyable and meaningful movie. I love these types of movies and
try to order as many as possible.
Published 1 month ago by Aileen Dyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
Good ol fashioned movie. Great acting. Great story line
Published 1 month ago by J. Childs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this movie
Published 2 months ago by vkasel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A Great Old Movie, if you love Claudette Colbert, you will love this Movie. JWH
Published 2 months ago by JWH
5.0 out of 5 stars "Since You Went Away" is an excellent treatment of WWII family and...
"Since You Went Away" is an excellent treatment of WWII family and soldier adjustments. Claudette Colbert, Shirley Temple, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Monte Wooley,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janet B. Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this movie.
Published 3 months ago by Diane Thorp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It`s long, but worth it. It`s tear jerker.
Published 3 months ago by James M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cludette Colbert is DIVINE in this film.
This is what I call "America's answer to Mrs. Miniver". Claudette and her daughters{Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple} are left to fend for themselves after their husband... Read more
Published 4 months ago by camilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie.
Delivery was good and your description of the DVD was truthfull and accurate. Thank you for your service. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Betty L. Orallo
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