It's A Wonderful Life

1946 • 130 minutes
4.7
425 reviews
94%
Tomatometer
G
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George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all -- and it's Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?

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4.7
425 reviews
Stephen Willetts
December 25, 2015
I've seen a lot of Christmas movies and many have been great, some even classics, but nothing comes close to 'It's a wonderful life.' It has a timeless message about the value of of each and every life. Great film and great acting. Let's just hope that Hollywood don't spoil it by remaking this great classic.
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James Spradbery
December 29, 2014
This is a beautifully acted, well - presented film. We often abuse the term classic, yet this is truly one of the classics. In B&W or Colourised, the film loses none of its charm. Those who dismiss it as being outdated should try to get hold of a copy first! My only gripe is with the slight over-pricing by Google, but that doesn't detract from the quality of the film.
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Richard Beddard
December 3, 2016
I love this film for its literally life affirming message, Jimmy Stewart's acting, and the now historical setting. Though it's billed as a Christmas film, Christmas plays only a minor role and its appeal is much broader. Watch it in January or February or March!
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