About

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss.

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Directed by

Frank Capra

Written by

Sidney Buchman (Screenplay)
Lewis R. Foster (Story)

Runtime

129 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

Romance, drama, laughter and heartbreak... created out of the very heart and soil of America!

Cast

Keywords

camp washington d.c. senate senator politician determination sightseeing integrity governor idealist dam conservative disillusionment political corruption usa politics filibuster walkout political machine smear campaign expulsion attempt

Photos

Lists

#147 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#653 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#26 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar for Best Writing, Original Story Lewis R. Foster

Oscar nomination for Best Picture

Oscar nomination for Best Sound, Recording John P. Livadary

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role James Stewart