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It's a Wonderful Life (1946) (The Greatest Gift)

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James Stewart James Stewart
George Bailey
Donna Reed Donna Reed
Mary Hatch
Lionel Barrymore Lionel Barrymore
Mr. Potter
Thomas Mitchell Thomas Mitchell
Uncle Billy
Henry Travers Henry Travers
Clarence
Beulah Bondi Beulah Bondi
Mrs. Bailey
Frank Faylen Frank Faylen
Ernie
Ward Bond Ward Bond
Bert


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Frances Goodrich Frances Goodrich
(screenplay)
Albert Hackett Albert Hackett
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You've really had a wonderful life.

8 years, 11 months ago at Dec 10 2:10
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''You see George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?''

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

James Stewart: George Bailey

Truly one of the finest films ever made. It's message still resonates a... read more

It's a Wonderful Movie!

6 years, 11 months ago at Dec 5 9:01
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"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?"

A Christmastime staple, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life is a rare film which has withstood the test of time and continues to touch millions of people through its themes, boundless appeal, and emotional power. Placed alongside such movies as Miracle on 34th ... read more

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5 years, 10 months ago at Dec 25 8:34
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Frank Capra's more timeless films seem to be the caffeine of classic Hollywood. They're peppy, fun to consume and leave you with a positive buzz until the cold hard realities of your world set in.

One of the finest examples of this Capra rush is the holiday classic "It's A Wonderful Life". The film adroitly tells the story of small-town hero George Bailey and the many lives he tou... read more
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George Bailey spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, Bedford Falls, as we see in flashback. But in the present, on Christmas Eve, he is broken and suicidal over the misplacing of an $8000 loan and the machinations of the evil millionaire, Mr. Potter. His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family, and friends would turn out if he had never been born. George meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away?
Release date: 7 January 1947
UPC: 017153115185
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