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4.1
7,817 Ratings

It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by Frank Capra
United States, 1946
Drama, Family, Fantasy

Synopsis

George Bailey has spent his lfe being selfless- now he has a huge debt because of it. Wishing he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make his wish come true. Instead, he shows hm what a world without George would be like.

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It's a Wonderful Life Directed by Frank Capra

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1947 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1947 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Golden Globes (USA)

1947 | Winner: Best Director

Every time I see Uncle Billy smile and fold that newspaper with the money inside and just hand it over to Mr. Potter I nearly scream. I scream thinking of myself, too. That moment of recognition in yourself – the nightmarish thought of committing some kind of easy blunder that results in consequences so dire, that you wish you’d never left the house that morning.
December 15, 2017
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Barely more than ten minutes into It’s a Wonderful Life I’m already a puddle. The film is still an hour and a half away from settling into its final act, yet it’s reached an emotional crescendo that most films would be hard-pressed to pull off at all. Capra’s masterpiece of America and its discontents is so brilliant at making every moment count that one doesn’t notice that most of the running time is devoted to simply setting the narrative groundwork for its high-concept wallop of a climax.
December 23, 2013
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Way darker than its holiday-classic rep has become a truism since I was a kid, but this viewing (first in 14 years) made me long for the relative cheer and optimism ofThe Turin Horse. Just days later, the beaming smiles and wing-heralding bells of the finale have already faded, whereas I can’t stop thinking of George stalking his house like a caged panther, viciously snapping at innocuous questions from his kids and generally behaving like patriarchy gone rancid.
November 09, 2011
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