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It's A Wonderful Life

(DVD - 1998)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
It's A Wonderful Life
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SUMMARY: George Bailey, a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.
Publisher: [United States] : Republic Entertainment, Inc., c1998, 1947.
Edition: Original uncut version
ISBN: 0782010032
1415719101
141571908X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 160 min.) :,sd., b&w and col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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George Bailey, frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.

George Bailey, a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.

When George gets his wish that he'd never been born, he goes back to see his wife Mary and - Oh No! - Since he wasn't around to marry she has become a glasses-and-bun-wearing old maid librarian.

Also listed on AFI's: 100 YEARS…100 MOVIES #11;
100 YEARS…100 PASSIONS #8;
100 YEARS…100 HEROES & VILLAINS #6;
100 YEARS…100 CHEERS #1;
100 YEARS…100 MOVIES – 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION #20


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Dec 20, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Not surprisingly,this was nothing more than just another overrated,over hyped movie by all of the movie critics that actually get paid to judge movies for a living,and by regular hardcore movie fans too.I saw RACISM in this movie in Hollywood's usual and DEEPLY RACIST STEREOTYPE of the black woman as an angry,bitter animal that HATES children, (especially Boys in particular),and that MAMMY caricature aka that inferior slave role of eternal poverty period.Plus,James Stewart is EXTREMELY ANNOYING to have to listen to throughout this entire film literally period.I don't know how i made it through this entire 2 hours and 10 minutes i will never get back without falling into deep sleep and or turning this film off altogether on purpose period.If people in real life really knew the truth about this so-called Christmas holiday,they would probably stop celebrating it starting this year for the rest of their lives period.The so-called message about having friends is really one of the oldest tricks in our elite slave masters book,for us to waste $ and time on stuff we don't need period.This is why they own us politically worldwide,and why we are all still slaves worldwide literally in real life right now and don't know it,and don't want to know this as the majority overall period.We don't need to bow down to our elite slave masters CORPORATIONS,RELIGIONS,PROPAGANDA,AGENDAS,AND SORCERY TO LEARN THE COMMON SENSE TRUTH THAT WHAT YOU DO FOR OTHERS COMES RIGHT BACK TO YOU PERIOD.POLITICS OWNS US,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For all you people hoping to get this before Christmas, you can go to your local thrift shop (Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.) and find it for $.50 - $1. Also, "Miracle on 34th Street". Most stores have 3 or 4 copies of each of these movies, plus many others. Of course, many of them are VHS, but there are always some DVDs in the bigger stores.

Nov 18, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frank Capra you were amazing director. You brought us "It's a Wonderful Life" and we have never stopped watching it. It doesn't matter how many times I see this film, it still touches me. James Stewarts most famous movie and one that he will be long remembered as George Bailey. It is truly a wonderful film for the entire family.

Jan 16, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

No man is poor that has friends. A great tale that plays at Christmas, but is really a classic that could be played at any time of year. Truly fantastic. Even those who cannot tolerate older films, particularly black and white ones, will feel the appeal of what I argue is Frank Capra's masterpiece. I highly recommend it to all viewers.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In my opinion, this Frank Capra film is one of the most humbling, endearing, and enduring movies of the twentieth century, regardless of the Christmas theme. The sweet, selfless sap, sacrificing his goals for the benefit of the town he dreamt of escaping his whole life, is returned the favor tenfold in love, and friendship, after a rare chance to witness what might've been if not for him. Jimmy Stewart is at his best. From despair to exuberance, and everything in between, his performance was remarkable. Donna Reed was girl-next-door gorgeous. Wholesome; sweet; gorgeous. Crotchety Lionel Barrymore; adorable Henry Travers, bumbling Thomas Mitchell, seductive Gloria Grahame, H. B. Warner, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, (anybody ever notice the cabbie and the cop were named Ernie and Bert?), etc., etc. Anyways, too much to say, not enough room to say it. I REALLY love this movie. It'll make you laugh, cry, and appreciate what (or more importantly, who) you've got in your wonderful life. A timeless treasure that I'll return to time and time again for the rest of my days. FIVE STARS.

Dec 14, 2012
  • mmg2681 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I am 31 years old and have never watched this movie the whole way through until last night. I loved it! A must see movie!

Dec 07, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. “Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box”.

Dec 03, 2012
  • ChibiBarako rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So it's Capra-corn. Isn't Christmas the time for corny romantic movies? The story of a small-town dreamer who never quite makes it out of town but nevertheless makes an impression on the lives he touches will doubtless resonate with many MPL patrons.

Nov 12, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Yes, it's a wonderful movie.
James Stewart plays superbly as a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers).
Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born.
What an amazing film!

Feb 24, 2012
  • NobleSix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(Inscription on 'Tom Sawyer' from Clarence to George) "Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

George Bailey: "...It's this old house. I don't know why we all don't have pneumonia. Drafty old barn! (kicks kitchen chair) Might as well be living in a refrigerator... Why do we have to live here in the first place, and stay around this measly, crummy old town..." Mary Bailey: "George, what's wrong?" George Bailey: "Wrong? Everything's wrong. You call this a happy family -- why do we have to have all these kids?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Annie: "Boys and girls and music -- why do they need gin?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Harry Bailey: "A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Annie (donating to George's community bailout fund): "I been savin' this money for a divorce if ever I get a husband!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mr. Potter: "George... I am an old man and most people hate me -- but I don't like them either, so that makes it all even."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ernie (welcoming George home to his honeymoon suite): "Entré, mon-sewer. Entré."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Clarence: "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

George Bailey: "...You... you said... what'd you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken down that they... Do you know how long it takes a working man to save five thousand dollars? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him. But to you -- a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you'll ever be!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

George Bailey: "I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I'm comin' back here to go to college and see what they know. And then I'm gonna build things. I'm gonna build airfields, I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I'm gonna build bridges a mile long..."

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Jan 16, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 19, 2011
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Mar 14, 2011
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Jul 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

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