Rent It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

4.2 of 5 from 287 ratings
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, Frank Capra, Jo Swerling, Philip Van Doren Stern, Michael Wilson
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
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
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
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Reviews (2) of It's a Wonderful Life

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

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22/02/2005

Corny but wonderful - a great performance by James Stewart.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

My favourite film. - It's a Wonderful Life review by Steve Mason

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21/06/2012

Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life 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. Maybe everyone wanted to have fun?

George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) has reached the end of himself. He has 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 with 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. The harrying of Bailey to that bridge in the dark of Pottersville, staring down with fear into the blackness 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 finally offers up an overwhelming catharsis. It devastates us so completely, because we care so much.

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