It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

DVD - 2006
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A man is prevented from committing suicide by an elderly angel, who takes him back through his life to see what good he has done, and how the world would be if he had not been born.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, [2006]
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC It's
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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dmasterson
Apr 14, 2020

Maybe the warmest and fuzziest of Christmas movies. A movie about a good man trying to find purpose in his life's senseless situation.

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natalkaanna
Jan 11, 2020

Has closed captioning but it is in black and white. Other copy is apparently also in color.

esmom1 Dec 21, 2019

It is not Christmas until I have watched this movie. it gives you all the feels of the holidays and the story is as true today as it was then- when you have friends and family, you really are the richest person around!

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kvanmooresma
Nov 25, 2019

This is one of my very favorite movies of all time.

🌽⚾️ Your basic Capra-corn, this flick is mainly popular because it was in the public domain for a while, and widely broadcast on TV in the 70s around Christmas because it was free. So, it's part of many people's childhood Christmas memories, which is fine, but that doesn't make it a great movie. It was a failure at the box office when first released. Sentimental hogwash about a small town banker who thinks he's been a failure and determines on suicide. Capra made better movies, including "Lost Horizon." And there are plenty of better Christmas movies. Beware of the "Platinum Edition," which is computer-colored.

It would make a great idea for a "Simpsons" episode, where Homer gets to see what Springfield would be like if he'd never been born, and it's a paradise on earth.

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RoyalJellyIII
Dec 17, 2018

The quintessential Frank Capra film and a heartwarming holiday treat year in and year out, "Life" is the ultimate optimistic statement on the value of love, life, and community. Capra's masterful handling of the bittersweet story line--in which Bailey sacrifices his own dreams to run the family savings-and-loan business and keep his hometown of Bedford Falls out of Potter's greedy paws--is pure Hollywood magic. Reed and Barrymore give exceptional performances, but Stewart, in one of his all-time great roles (a personal favorite), is the dynamic, all-too-human force holding it all together. Revived in the 70's after languishing in copyright limbo, "Life" is nostalgic and achingly sentimental, but doesn't shrink from portraying the dark side of American life.

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ThomasJWhiting
Apr 04, 2018

VERY GOOD 1947 b/w Capra film with excellent acting by both James Stewart (best I've seen from him) and Donna Reed (fun to see her in her mid 20's).

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patch666
Dec 26, 2017

Classic Christmas movie !!! if your feeling bad watch this and you will still be sad but feel good anyway ~ 420~ MERRY CHRISTMAS

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SarahDormat
Dec 06, 2017

Growing up we watched this movie at least twice every season. I know I am blinded by nostalgia and cannot possibly see this movie's worth objectively but I don't care. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 24, 2017

Glorified saccharine rose-tinted myth.
Unfortunately, we all live in what if glum Potterville thanks to the Savings & Loan Crisis in the 1980s & 1990s compounded by 2009 global financial crisis on sub-prime mortgages & derivatives.
Mr. Potter rightly seen as poster boy of 1%.
Sigh.

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Dec 14, 2015

" When a bell rings, an angel gets it's wings".

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

Annie: "Boys and girls and music -- why do they need gin?"

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

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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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

George Bailey: "Just a minute... just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You're right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was... why, in the twenty five years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn't that right, Uncle Billy? He didn't save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what's wrong with that? Why... here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers?" (cont'd)

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

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!"

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

Ernie (welcoming George home to his honeymoon suite): "Entré, mon-sewer. Entré."

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

Mary Bailey (embracing George): "Remember the night we broke the windows in this old house? This is what I wished for."

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

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."

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

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?"

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

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?"

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Dec 19, 2015

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Jan 16, 2013

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

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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