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AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra (1982)

The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra (original title)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Frank Capra ... Himself - Honoree
James Stewart ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Benjamin ... Himself
Art Buchwald Art Buchwald ... Himself
Frank Capra III Frank Capra III ... Himself
Frank Capra Jr. Frank Capra Jr. ... Himself
Lou Capra Lou Capra ... Herself (Mrs. Frank Capra)
Claudette Colbert ... Herself
Bette Davis ... Herself
Peter Falk ... Himself
Charlton Heston ... Himself
Bob Hope ... Himself
Jack Lemmon ... Himself
Hal Linden ... Himself
Fred MacMurray ... Himself


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Release Date:

4 April 1982 (USA) See more »

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The AFI Salute to Frank Capra See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Great Tribute to Capra
6 August 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra (1982)

**** (out of 4)

As a film buff it's impossible not to get excited over some of these older AFI Life Achievement Award ceremonies because there are just so many legends in them. This one here is honoring the great Frank Capra and we get James Stewart hosting. We also get appereances from Bette Davis, Charlton Heston, Claudette Colbert, Peter Falk, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon and several others.

I really wish more of these episodes would get released but it seems the various use of film clips are preventing them. That's really too bad because there are so many legends here that you can't help but be really entertained while you watch it. The Capra tribute was a very good one and you can tell that the director was touched by the various comments and especially with some of the stories shared by Stewart.

Of all the guest speakers it's probably Davis who gets the biggest laughs when she talks about Capra having to deal with certain bad people, herself included. There's also a nice little tribute from Colbert who pays homage to Capra as well as Clark Gable.

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