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It's a Wonderful Life
James Stewart and Donna Reed




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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.

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Overview

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
James Stewart
Donna Reed
Lionel Barrymore
Thomas Mitchell
Henry Travers
Beulah Bondi
Frank Faylen
Ward Bond
Gloria Grahame
H.B. Warner

 

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DVD Format
  • 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

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Afterlife
Holiday
Classic
Tear Jerker
Self-Discovery
Christmas
Thanksgiving
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Essential Cinema

 

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Notes:
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.

Reviews:
"...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

 

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