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Its/Wonderful Life
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2005
i think that this film is an all time classic,my wife and 4 kids and all our immediate family really enjoy sitting down to this film at xmas. it is a lighter way to enjoy xmas day and appreciate what you have, than to watch the usual garbage that is on tv at xmas time, i must add that it was my wife that got me into this film as she is a classic film fanatic and i must strongly agree that this is definetly a classic. happy viewing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 1999
This is an old story of "be careful what you wish, for because you just might get it." Set during Christmas-time, George Bailey gets into a little financial trouble and wishes he had never been born and it actually happens. Then a guardian angel named Clarence rescues George after he jumps into the water and shows him that his life is worth living. Somehow, when George returns back to the real world, he recieves a lot of monetary help from the town, who somehow have been impacted by him. In the end, it's a picturesque moment, as we see George and his family in the Christmas spirit. "It's A Wonderful Life" will definately make you a little teary-eyed (just a little). With great acting by James Stewart and Donna Reed, this movie will forever stand as a black & white classic.
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on December 22, 1999
It's a Wonderful Life is a story that is almost "Anti-Scrooge." Here the "hero" is a fellow named George who chooses to do the right thing for the right reasons. Rather than being a selfish, old miser who has no family or friends, George is a young, bank owner who is surrounded by family and friends; and he is unselfish almost to a fault. Although his intentions are good, he always seems to come up with the short end of the stick.
When push comes to shove, and his choices seem unbearable, he considers suicide. In his hour of need he is visited by an angel who shows him how his good actions made a difference in the lives of the people around him.
Like scrooge, he faces his inner self. But where Scrooge needs to learn how to give, George needs to learn that the rewards of selfless giving far out-way the personal consequences.
This is a sentimental story and maybe even a little predictable, but it reaches inside each of us to help us see that doing the right things for the right reasons is worth the consequences. It reminds us that although moral choices are difficult the impact has far reaching affects.
This story, in a broader sense, helps us remember that the American dream is still about living in a country where we are free to choose for ourselves, and that it takes brave people like George to protect our rights to that freedom.
This is a phenomenal story about the spirit of Christmas and selfless giving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
I wasn't expecting black and white...but it was still fun to watch this again. Once I became engrossed in the classic story I no longer noticed it wasn't in colour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2001
GREAT holiday classic and for a good reason! This one has it all. Romance, comedy, and drama. All of the performances are wonderful. A total must-have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2013
JImmy Stewart and Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore are all very good as well as the other actors. One of my all time favourites.
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on December 17, 2012
I purchased this set because I am giving it to my son-in-law who is an old movie "buff". It's a Christmas Gift so therefore cannot rate this product until then.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 1999
In fact, the black & white setting suits "It's A Wonderful Life" as perfectly as technocolor would have for this Frank Sinatra-esque cult classic. James Stewart has this "Rocky & Bugsy"-era voice and a vigourous demeanor & Donna Reed is just brung in to play the hard-to-get young girl and the reserved wife. My focus refused to stay entact while watching this movie, but the ideas I did withdraw from this movie is that George Bailey (James Stewart) is caught in the tangled web of a financial scandal... and on the brink of suicide. That is... until a cliched assigned guardian angel appears out of the sky and falls in the waters of Bedford Falls... to save George (ironically). Before this happens, George is on a bridge contemplating (supposedly) suicide (due partially to a busted-lip from a brute in Martini's bar whose wife George insulted on the phone, heh heh), and when he sees Clarence (the "quote on quote"... angel), he jumps in after him and retrieves him. Henceforth, George rebuffs the idea of an angel and wishes he was never born, and granted... he was never born. And boy, does he take the in-your-face gruff reality of having no identity for a sham, but to his shagrin... it's as serious as a heart attack. George is a non-existent would-have-been making a futile attempt to spark some remembrance in his lost friends & family. Predictably, George repents and returns to existance... with a little (or lot of) monetary help from the whole town for his business trouble (whose lives apparently were impacted greatly by him somehow). Upon the saccharine conclusion (where George, his wife, & kid are basking in the solace of christmas communion), my eyes almost started to well-spring... I haven't the faintest idea why (I'm only 17). A nice retrospective on the golden age of Christmas classics. Somebody please make "It's A Wonderful Life 2000."
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on July 23, 2015
À avoir dans son répertoire absolument.
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on April 29, 2015
certainly inspirational
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