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Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life
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A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him. A Christmas classic.
Title: Frank Capra's It's a wonderful life
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2006.
Edition: 60th anniversary ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: "Making of It's a Wonderful Life" featurette hosted by Tom Bosley; Special tribute to Frank Capra narrated by his son; original theatrical trailer.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1946.
Title from container.
Summary: A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him. A Christmas classic.
Audience: Not rated.
Awards & Distinctions: Golden Globes, USA, 1947: Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture Director (Frank Capra).
Alternate Title: It is a wonderful life
ISBN: 9781415719107
1415719101
Statement of Responsibility: Liberty Films ; screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett and Frank Capra ; additonal scenes by Jo Swerling ; produced and directed by Frank Capra
Performers: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame.
System Details: DVD, full screen, NTSC, region 1; Dolby Digital mono.
Other Language: Dialogue in English and French mono; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Angels Drama. Suicidal behavior Drama.
Genre/Form: Love stories.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fantasy films.
Christmas films
Feature films.
Christmas plays.
Topical Term: Angels
Suicidal behavior
Publisher No: 960014
96001
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This Christmas classic is one of the greatest movies of all time. George Bailey (James Stewart) is used to shouldering responsibility. When things go wrong for him on Christmas Eve, an angel is sent to show him what life would have been like if he'd never been born.


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Jul 11, 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

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

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

Sep 21, 2011
  • rslade rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I'm sorry, I've never understood the appeal of this one. Capra was great, but stand this one up against something like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and see what you think. Yes, it's a tear jerker, and it's set at Christmas, but it just seems like jumping on the Christmas bandwagon without much reason. And, at the end, he's still possibly in legal trouble, owes a huge amount of money--and probably never will get out of that town and see any place else.

My absolute favourite Chirstmas movie of all time! I always make sure we watch it during the holidays. Makes you appreciate what you have. Always makes me (happy) sad at the end. The best!

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

This is easily one of my all time favorites. Everyone says this is a Christmas movie, but I tend to watch it all year round. If you haven't seen this movie I highly recommend picking it up, this movie will not disappoint.

Mar 14, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you can only see one movie at Christmas ; this is it! When you've lost a little faith in your fellow human beings , watching this can lift your spirits...any time of the year.

Mar 13, 2011
  • MasterChief_Sierra117 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite Christmas movies.

Mar 12, 2011
  • LibanF rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It just goes to show that you do good things good things will happen to you

My dad, who never cries, always cries for this movie. I have thus never seen it. This movie was voted #1 favourite movie of all time in USA in a survey a couple of years ago.

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

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Mar 14, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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