Since You Went Away (1944)

Since You Went Away (1944)

Since You Went Away




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In this film, set during WWII, Claudette Colbert plays the wife of a businessman who, though well past draft age, volunteered to serve his country as an officer. Fighting back her own fears, Colbert does her best to maintain a normal, stable household for the sake of her growing daughters.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: David O. Selznick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
United Artists

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Critic Reviews for Since You Went Away

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Colbert is too good, and the script (though bloated) too full of lovely details about small town American life in the '40s to reject it outright.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

In a vital period of film history, war films ran the gamut of topics, none more fascinating or heart-wrenching as those of the lives of the people left behind at home.

Full Review… | December 15, 2013
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for Since You Went Away


Selnick's slick paean to an idealized life at the homefront while Dad's away fighting the war shows an upper middle class family "roughing it" through. American propaganda, sure, but well done nonetheless, with the cast delivering on all counts. The music score, indeed the film itself, includes healthy doses of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" which was popular during filming. A dog steals the film though with comic bits leavening the drama throughout.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Nice 40's drama reflecting the "war at home" during the height of WWII. Superb performances from Claudette Colbert and Lionel Barrymore. The knock on this one is it's length (three hours!) and it's occasionally forced sentimentality.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

long and at times a little heavy on the corn but also very touching with beautiful cinematography and fine performances.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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