Make Way for Tomorrow

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In theaters May 09, 1937
Unrated, 1 hr. 32 min.


Movie Info

Synopsis: Totally alone but for each other, an elderly couple struggles to keep the bank from taking their home. When that fails, they must find some place to stay. Unfortuantely, neither of their children, now
Director: Leo McCarey
Rated: Unrated
Running Time: 1 hr. 32 min.
Genre: Drama, Classics
Theater Release: May 09, 1937
DVD Release: Feb 23, 2010


Victor Moore

Barkley Cooper
Beulah Bondi

Lucy Cooper
Ray Mayer

Porter Hall

Harvey Chase
Elizabeth Risdon

Cora Payne
Maurice Moscovich

Max Rubens


Critic Reviews

  • The final third is an absolute miracle - one of the greatest sequences in 1930s American cinema. More...
  • The most convincing love story ever put on screen. More...
  • All of this leads to an ending that is not just the most moving thing McCarey ever fashioned, but may just be the moving thing anyone ever committed to film. More...
  • Let's just say that, in calling Make Way for Tomorrow a masterpiece, we'll also call it a dear movie, a wonderful movie, a refreshing movie, or an honest movie. Maybe those terms will make it a bit more appealing. More...
  • Make Way eulogizes humanity so well that it's as painful as it is beautiful. More...
  • one of the saddest, much touching, and most powerfully introspective films produced during the classical era of Hollywood cinema More...
  • [Leo] McCarey's most personal picture and his most moving drama, the rare Hollywood film to confront issues of aging head on. More...
  • An Ozu-like tear-jerker family drama. More...
  • Hollywood melodramas do not often compare to timeless masterpieces of world cinema, but this does, largely through McCarey's sophisticated blend of tragic pathos, psychological insight, and rich, knowing humor. More...
  • Age and wisdom exit the stage, leaving youthful oblivion. More...

User Reviews

  • The love story. The "chick flick". The romance. Hollywood's been churning them out for as long as there have been movies. Watching young love...
  • "That's the saddest picture ever made. It would make a stone cry!" -Orson Wells speaking about Leo McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow. He...
  • Beautifully acted, heartbreaking in it's honesty,
  • tokyo story in middle america; a terrific film that deserves to be better known