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It's a Wonderful Life


James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell View All


Frank Capra (Director), Frances Goodrich (Screenplay), Albert Hackett (Screenplay), Frank Capra (Screenplay) View All

Released: Dec. 30th, 1946
Runtime: 2 hours, 10 minutes
George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000 while intending to...
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Rarely does he put himself first, and this is evident in his actions throughout the film.
After a brief prologue frames the story as being told by one celestial being to another on Christmas Eve, the bulk of the film skims the life story of a young man named George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart).
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It's a Wonderful Life was Capra's personal favorite. He purchased the shelved project from the RKO studio, along with three previous attempts at a movie script.
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