The first of the AFI 100 Years… series of cinematic milestones, AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies is a list of the 100 best American movies, as determined by the American Film Institute from a poll of more than 1,500 artists and leaders in the film industry who chose from a list of 400 nominated movies. The 100-best list was unveiled in 1998.
It was released in video in two versions: a 145-minute version, which aired on CBS, and a 460-minute version available only on video. It was hosted by Jodie Foster, among others.
An updated version of the list, billed as a 10th Anniversary edition, aired on CBS on June 20, 2007, and was hosted by Morgan Freeman.
(from AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies Wiki Site, wikipedia.org)
At the end of World War II, Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), Al Stevenson (Fredric March) and Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) return home to Boone City. Fred was a decorated captain in the Army Air Forces in Europe, Al a sergeant in the Army who saw action in the Pacific, and Homer a sailor who served on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. Homer's ship was sunk, killing many of his fellow sailors; his arms were burned off below the elbow and he now uses metal hook prostheses. The three men share first a plane trip then a cab ride and become friends. Fred eventually finds work when he convinces a foreman who is also a veteran that he can learn new skills just as he learned to be a bombardier. He also finds love in the form of Peggy Stephenson. Al and Milly are opposed at first, but when Fred's marriage finally ends, they become supportive. The movie ends with the Stephenson family, Homer and Wilma, and Fred and Peggy all facing challenging but nonetheless bright futures.]]>
Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart star in the classic,multiple Academy Award-winning romantic comedy--The PhiladelphiaStory.On the eve of Tracy Samantha Lord's (Hepburn) wedding, herblue-blood ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Grant), returns. C.K.discovered that a national tabloid plans to do an expose on Tracy'sphilandering father and has agreed to smuggle a reporter (James Stewart)into her wedding if the magazine kills the story on the elder Lord. ButC.K. never expects that the woman he still loves will suddenly fall forthe undercover reporter. Now, before the evening is over, Tracy will beforced to take an unflinching look at herself and to realize which ofthese three men she truly loves.]]>
Internationally acclaimed actors Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star ina compelling drama of hope, friendship and atonement behind the walls ofa maximum security prison in The Shawshank Redemption. From a novella bybest-selling author Stephen King comes a poignant tale of the humanspirit. Red (Freeman), serving a life sentence, and Andy Dufresne(Robbins), a mild-mannered banker wrongly convicted of murder, forge anunlikely bond that will span more than twenty years. Together theydiscover hope as the ultimate means of survival. Under horrifyingconditions and the ever-present threat of violence, two lifers reclaimtheir souls and find freedom within their hearts in The ShawshankRedemption.]]>
Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.
Like the slow-moving occupants of her fictional town, Lee takes her time getting to the heart of her tale; we first meet the Finches the summer before Scout's first year at school. She, her brother, and Dill Harris, a boy who spends the summers with his aunt in Maycomb, while away the hours reenacting scenes from Dracula and plotting ways to get a peek at the town bogeyman, Boo Radley. At first the circumstances surrounding the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell, the daughter of a drunk and violent white farmer, barely penetrate the children's consciousness. Then Atticus is called on to defend the accused, Tom Robinson, and soon Scout and Jem find themselves caught up in events beyond their understanding. During the trial, the town exhibits its ugly side, but Lee offers plenty of counterbalance as well--in the struggle of an elderly woman to overcome her morphine habit before she dies; in the heroism of Atticus Finch, standing up for what he knows is right; and finally in Scout's hard-won understanding that most people are essentially kind "when you really see them." By turns funny, wise, and heartbreaking, To Kill a Mockingbird is one classic that continues to speak to new generations, and deserves to be reread often. --Alix Wilber