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It's a Wonderful Life

  G HD Closed Captioning

Frank Capra

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Plot Summary

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?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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94%
  • Reviews Counted: 68
  • Fresh: 64
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As the hero, Mr. Stewart does a warmly appealing job, indicating that he has grown in spiritual stature as well as in talent during the years he was in the war. And Donna Reed is remarkably poised and gracious as his adoring sweet-heart and wife. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Dec 3, 2013

Fresh: It's a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The April-air wholesomeness and humanism of this natural bring back vividly the reminder that, essentially, the screen best offers unselfconscious, forthright entertainment. – Bert Briller, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It's a Wonderful Life is a wonderful title for a motion picture about which practically everyone who sees it will agree that it's wonderful entertainment. – Jack D. Grant, Hollywood Reporter, Dec 7, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Timeless classic

This movie has got it all when it comes to traditional values. From the American dream to values of Love and Compassion. It is also very apropos for our times and shows the great illusion and fallacy behind our monetary system. True wealth comes from people cooperating together to live an agreement that is FOR the people. Not FOR the almighty dollar.

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Excellent movie and a must watch.

Note that this movie is the black & white version and not the remastered colour version

The best seasonal movie

Amazing movie I watch it every year for Christmas and love the black and whites it adds more feeling. Watching the movie just the way it was meant to be watched.