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It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Movie Information

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Family, Drama






Frank Capra


James Stewart
Donna Reed
Lionel Barrymore
Thomas Mitchell
Henry Travers
Beulah Bondi





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A down and out man is shown the light by an Angel who treats him to life on earth without himself.

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Matthew Brady 12/25/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Took me three years to watch this, but each time I fail to get around to it. Now I finally do and feel like I want to cry for hours. A film that's so depressing and yet jolly. Showing how everyone is relevant in the darkness of times. Also, James Stewart is one handsome son of a bitch. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Camper 06/07/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I love this movie and I watch it every year on Christmas Eve. It just makes all the little seemingly insignificant details of life seem so much more important when you step back and realize all that a person has- or doesn't have. It's one of those stories that has been told a thousand times but this one is a classic.

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mitchellyoung 01/31/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Beyond the fact that this is an undisputed Christmas classic, it's also a well-made and uplifting film in its own right. The optimistic nature of the film is vintage Capra, but the film works mainly because of its talented cast, led by Jimmy Stewart at his most all-American.

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04/28/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Our Daily Free Stream: Frank Capra - It's A Wonderful Life. Zum Geburtstag des grossen Lionel Barrymore! -Irgendwann einmal zählte Frank Capras It's A Wonderful Life zu den vergessenen Filmen, bis er zu Beginn der 70er wiederentdeckt wurde. Er avancierte zu einem Weihnachtsfilm, zu einem jährlichen Ritual der Familien auf aller Welt. Ich hatte It's A Wonderful Life als Kind geliebt und tu das immer noch - ich denke, weil Capras Werk so ehrlich ist! Es geht aber nicht nur um den Film, es sind die eigenen Erinnerungen, die mit ihm verbunden sind! It's A Wonderful Life war der erklärte Lieblingsfilm seines Regisseurs Frank Capra und seines Hauptdarstellers James Stewart. Dann geschah das Schlimmste: It's A Wonderful Life wurde nachträglich koloriert und entzaubert. Stewart selbst soll über d...


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12/23/2011 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

"It's A Wonderful Life" by Yojimbo

Small town boy George Bailey dreams of making it big and travelling the world but finds himself trapped by a sense of duty to family and community. In his darkest hour, his mind turns to suicide which leads to the appearance of his guardian angel Clarence who gives him the opportunity to see how the world would be if he had never been born. It's A Wonderful Life is the very definition of the word "classic". James Stewart gives an appropriately wonderful performance as George, someone so selfless and devoted to his fellow man that you can't help but love him. He's not some one-dimensional do-gooder however, and it is sometimes easy to forget about the dark edge to the story; after all George often feels as if he's being held in Bedford Falls against his will. It's still typical Capra, in t...

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07/13/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It starts out with an angel trying to earn his wings, Clarence Odbody played by Henry Travers. A story of 2 youthful brothers named George Bailey (James Stewart) and Harry Bailey (Todd Karns) was one of the first scenes. You see 2 young girls trying to win George’s heart, eventually the role of Mrs. Bailey would go to Mary Hatch, portrayed by Donna Reed (who was not the Director’s first choice by the way based on “the making” feature). Characters that would later on play a huge role in George’s transformation are the druggist Mr. Gower, Mrs. Bailey, Uncle Billy (cheerful but careless), Mr. Martini (affable bar owner), Violet Bick (seductive blond siren), Ernie Bishop, Bert, Sam Wainwright (a rich businessman who encouraged George to go join him in the plastics business), Nick (the bart...

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