Rent It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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2h 10min
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Synopsis:
George Bailey (James Stewart) has spent his entire life in the small town of Bedford Falls. Despite his yearning to see the world, George has always sacrificed his personal ambitions for the sake of his family and the local community, settling down to marry his childhood sweetheart, Mary (Donna Reed), and raise a family. However, when a huge amount of money goes missing from the savings and loans company he panics and finds himself preparing to commit suicide. However, he is shown the error of this idea by Clarence (Henry Travers), an angel who has been sent to Earth in order to earn his wings.
To this end, Clarence shows George just how badly Bedford Falls and its residents would have turned out had he never been born.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Frank Capra
Voiced By:
Joseph Granby, Moroni Olsen
Writers:
Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett
Others:
William Hornbeck, John Aalberg
Studio:
Paramount Home Entertainemnt
Genres:
Children & Family, Classics, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/11/2002
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/11/2010
Run Time:
130 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour and B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trivia Tracker
  • Picture Comparison
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/11/2019
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Atmos, English Dolby TrueHD 2.0, French Parisian Dolby Digital 2.0, German Dolby Digital 2.0, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0, Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French Parisian, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Restoring a Beloved Classic in 4K
  • Original Cast Party Home Movies and More!

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Reviews (2) of It's a Wonderful Life

What if? - It's a Wonderful Life review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
Updated 09/05/2021

Capra's perennial classic didn't make its costs back, and was released to a critical shrug. Strange that a film that is essentially about sacrifice should so underwhelm a world coming out of war. But now just the names, Harry Bailey, Bedford Falls, Potter/Pottersville are paradigms. Now it's just as curious that eventually America embraced so tightly such a nakedly socialist film.

 The plot reads like proto-Twilight Zone. George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) has reached the end of himself. Having sacrificed his life for others, he faces financial destruction and decides that suicide would be the best way out. After a bang on the head, and a couple of drinks, Bailey is confronted by a guardian angel and the world as it would have been had he never lived...

 So far, so whimsical. The film though manages to absorb its undoubted sentimentality in the utter desolation of its premise. We see Bailey squeezed of his dreams until he is empty and standing on that bridge in the dark of his home town, staring down with fear into the void of the river.

 Hard to imagine that anyone but Capra could have carried it off. And that cast... It's a Wonderful Life is a wonder; an extraordinarily emotional experience, a sustainedly bleak encounter that ultimately offers up an overwhelming catharsis. But it is also the film where Capra finally got swallowed up by the darkness. His ending is an act of mercy on his audience. We are all living in Pottersville now. 

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

The Christmas Classic - It's a Wonderful Life review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
22/02/2005

Corny but wonderful - a great performance by James Stewart.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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