It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life


Frank Capra's 1946 Christmas classic, one of the great feel-good movies, with Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey. A small-town fellow who sees his life as a failure, George contemplates suicide. He's always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances have led him to stay: he sacrificed his education for his brother's, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of a greedy banker, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel (Henry Travers) intercedes to show him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he'd never lived.

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Choke your cynicism and see it!

There's a reason Frank Capra's 1946 movie starring Jimmy Stewart is a classic. Leave your cynicism in a bucket of last night's sick - sit back, relax and go all gooey with this unashamedly feel-good fable...

Now shuddup and enjoy!

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  • BBC

    Achieves a fine balancing act between pathos and feel-good that is delivered by an outstanding cast. Even the minor parts are populated by some of the finest character actors and it produces a movie of timeless quality and relevance. Full Review

  • What is remarkable about It's a Wonderful Life is how well it holds up over the years; it's one of those ageless movies, like Casablanca or The Third Man, that improves with age. Full Review

  • As the hero, Mr. Stewart does a warmly appealing job, indicating that he has grown in spiritual stature as well as in talent during the years he was in the war. And Donna Reed is remarkably poised and gracious as his adoring sweet-heart and wife. Full Review

  • The April-air wholesomeness and humanism of this natural bring back vividly the reminder that, essentially, the screen best offers unselfconscious, forthright entertainment. Full Review

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