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It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Movie Information

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68

Avg. Rating:

3.27/4

# of Ratings:

730

Genres:

Family, Drama

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Director:

Frank Capra

Actors:

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

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

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

Rating of
4/4 

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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FSUNoles27TS 12/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

The first black and white movie my dad actually got me to sit through. It was an enjoyable watch and is an instant classic.

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Snoogans 11/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Good story, if not just a bit overdone.

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  Yojimbo
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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...

Rating of
4/4 

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

It's a Wonderful Life review

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...

Rating of
4/4 

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  mdtinney
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10/13/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

You want the moon? Just say the word.............

It's a Wonderful Life has earned its place in film history. A beautifully shot film with grand performances and a script that has its heart and mind in the right place, this film certainly is the best Christmas film. It also ranks as one of the must-sees when studying the classics of film.
James Stewart is at the top of his game as George Bailey, the man who sacrificed his dreams because he was truly a good man and nearly gave up because he couldn't see it. With steady handed direction from Frank Capra and a host of truly fantastic performances by Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell and Henry Travers, this film never weakens from start to finish. It's a Wonderful Life offers a truly important message for all people to take to heart. It is hard to imagine that a film that center...

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3.5/4 

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