Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1946.
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.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
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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(Inscription on 'Tom Sawyer' from Clarence to George) "Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends."
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?"
Annie: "Boys and girls and music -- why do they need gin?"
Harry Bailey: "A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town."
Annie (donating to George's community bailout fund): "I been savin' this money for a divorce if ever I get a husband!"
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."
Ernie (welcoming George home to his honeymoon suite): "Entré, mon-sewer. Entré."
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?"
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!"
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..."