A good but slightly ineffectual man tries to off himself after an error that really wasn't his fault. In Christmas Carol fashion, his crusty-but-lovable guardian angel shows up to give him a tour of the world without his presence, and it isn't a pretty place. Moral courage, small-town American life, civic cooperation, and family love are glorified; corporate greed and self-involvement are vilified; at the climax, a blanket of snow like spun sugar makes everything pure and clean like redemption itself.
Main Cast & Crew:
Frank Capra - Director
- Format: DVD (Anniversary Edition)
- Run Time: 131
- Color Format: B&W
- UPC: 032429251633
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: PG (MPAA) (thematic elements, smoking and some violence)
- Release Date: September 2004
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990. Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (James Stewart), Best Editing, Best Sound.
"...As appealing as ever..." - 02/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.61
"...With the power to melt the coldest of hearts. James Stewart gives a flawless performance..." - 06/01/2000 Total Film, p.88
"...It looks more masterful than ever..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.28-9
"George Bailey's everyman charm reminds us that it doesn't take a war to make a hero." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.60