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Four-Star Movies : 'The Best Years of Our Lives'

May 08, 1994|Kevin Thomas

William Wyler's 1946 film from Robert Sherwood's script struck a deep and lasting note in audiences. It masterfully tells of the homecoming from World War II of several very different men living in the same small city and who face challenges adjusting to civilian life. They are banker Frederic March (left), soda jerk Dana Andrews (right) and nice guy Harold Russell, who now has hooks where his arms and hands used to be and is afraid to face his fiancee (Cathy O'Donnell). The great homecoming scene between March and Myrna Loy, who plays his wife, was inspired by Wyler's own return to his wife, the late Margaret Tallichet. With Teresa Wright (pictured), Virginia Mayo and Hoagy Carmichael (AMC Sunday 6 and 11 p.m.).

Other selected four-star movies this week:

Moonstruck Cinemax, Sunday, 6:30 a.m.

The Gunfighter Cinemax, Sunday, noon

Dead of Night Showtime, Monday, noon

Top Hat AMC Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 5:30 a.m.

The Band Wagon TMC, Friday get time from movie logs

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Disney, Friday, 10 p.m.

42nd Street next Sunday (May 15), HBO 1:15 a.m.

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