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1,097 Ratings

The Awful Truth

Directed by Leo McCarey
United States, 1937
Comedy, Romance

Synopsis

Before their divorce becomes final, Jerry and Lucy Warriner both do their best to ruin each other’s plans for remarriage, Jerry to haughty socialite Barbara Vance, she to oil-rich bumpkin Daniel Leeson.

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The Awful Truth Directed by Leo McCarey

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1938 | Winner: Best Director

1938 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

National Film Preservation Board

1996 | Winner: National Film Registry

One of the breathtaking qualities of The Awful Truth is the way we feel these two people, on the verge of divorce, rediscovering each other and their love as they go along, bound together by a matching sense of humor.
April 17, 2018
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The stuff of Suture (1993) . . . is the stuff of Hollywood. But co-writers and -directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, who are both white and who were in their early thirties and inexperienced in moviemaking when they collaborated on the project, complicated the familiar package with an audacious, even bizarre racial doubling.
May 09, 2017
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It’s likely McCarey’s best. It is certainly one where his talents are most evident, particularly his expert staging and his fine-tuned sense of comic cutting. From Grant hiding behind a door as Dan reads Lucy a tortuous poem, to the film’s barrage of unexpected entrances and inappropriate actions, McCarey was a master at having people in just the right spot at just the right time, either through composition or on-the-nose editing.
February 13, 2017
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