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This movie is not just a Christmas classic, but one of the best movies ever. Despite being over 50 years old, it hasn't aged at all and is just as endearing now as ever. Jimmy Stewart gives the performance of his lifetime as the selfless George Bailey. The movie also delivers an important, though often overlooked message: no man is a failure who has friends. What a wonderful movie.
Frank Capras film is the best film i've seen.The movie captures the sprit of humanity and gives us an insight in the human soul. George Baily a man who always done his best is shown what his world would have been like if he'd never been born. The film has humour and until wit and i think is remeniscent of a christmas carol to some extent. A classic christmassy film that leaves a lump in you're throat, one to watch if you're feeling low.
In my opinion the greatest film ever made. Every Christmas Eve I go to my Mom's for a while then over to the Philpo's, where Mrs. Philpo makes me a batch of M&M cookies and then I go home and pop in the video with a frosty mug of milk to wash down the cookies. It is a Christmas tradition that will never die. I feel as though I've been transported to Framingham, Massachusetts where it felt like Bedford Falls in the early 70's as a kid. I guess I was about George Bailey's age when he saves his brother Harry from drowning in the pond. My Grandparents reminded me so much of Jimmy Stewart & Donna Reed that I swore the movie was about us. I felt like I knew everyone in the entire movie from Nick the bartender to Clarence the angel who gets his wings! A fireplace forever warms my heart every cold December when I watch this incredible masterpiece. No matter where in the world I may be, it's home. The 20th Century is nearing it's end and with a new millennium approaching "It's A Wonderful Life" should reflect what was good about the last 100 years. So put some logs in the fire, Mrs. Philpo's M&M cookie recipe and a frosty glass of milk! "No Gin tonight son"..."Awwwww".
I first watched this film as a young boy and fell in love with it straight
away. I think that part of it's enduring appeal is that all audiences young
and old can relate to this movie, I introduced my daughter to it last
christmas and I look forward to sitting down to watch it this year with my
O.K as you grow older you realise that some of the dialogue is perhaps a little corny but there can be no denying the strength of the acting, especially Stewart who in my opinion gives the performance of his life.
Some scenes take your breath away especially the bridge scene when George Bailey begs for his life back when the harsh wind dies away and snow starts to fall again, pure brilliance!
The ending always makes me fill up.
I don't think a movie as good as this will be ever made again
This is a movie that has to be experienced to be appreciated. The names may be changed, the time periods, settings, situations and places may be different, but, this is the story of every person who thought they lost everything and were given a second chance to find it. Jimmy Stewart at his usual best. Donna Reed at her most lovely. Great acting all around, especially Barrymore at his most sinister. Although this usually appears at Christmas, this is more than just a Christmas classic.
A lesser cast would flounder with this story, about a small-town man who suffers a setback and ponders ending it all on Christmas Eve. But Jimmy Stewart and friends make the tale truly uplifting rather than sappy. The rare kind of movie that can actually influence you years after you've seen it. Supporting cast provides great backdrop for Stewart. As good viewing the tenth time as it is the first.
Like the entries for 'Star Wars', 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'The Third Man',
about everything that can be said about this one has been said already. I
will say that it's a tremendously affecting film, even after seeing it every
year for ages-it still delivers. Watch this one after watching, say, 'You
Can't Take it With You' or 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town'-you'll see many of the
same faces in the cast, and a similar magic working in them as well.
Personally I have always enjoyed Sheldon Leonard (as the bar keeper) and Sam S. Hinds as the father, among many, many others.
Of course, the ending where he gets help from the Halohead, and begs God for his life back, absolutely wrenches your guts to tears every time out; no one could deliver the goods like Capra, Reed and Stewart. A film too good to see just in December, by all means see it, watch it, enjoy it. They do Not make them like this anymore; for all I know, they don't know how.
**** outta ****, as good as it gets.
This movie feels just the same no matter when you watch it, but today it's
viewed mainly as a Christmas movie. Still, no matter when you watch it, you
can't help but like it and get something out of it, unless you have no heart
at all or have an absolute, unshakeable hatred for movies like this.
Throughout the movie, you think George Bailey's a nice guy (James Stewart
was great in the role). You may get a little tired of the endless flashback
scenes, but you'll undoubtedly not really be that bored, especially in the
electrifying telephone scene with Donna Reed. Once the flashbacks are
dispensed with, you feel sorry for George as he begins a sudden downhill
descent. You hope (okay, you know) his lovable, bumbling guardian Angel
Second Class will be able to talk sense into him by showing him what the
world would be like had he not been born. And then it all comes down to the
scene where he almost goes crazy, runs back to the bridge and begs God to
let him live again. That is one of the most heart-wrenching scenes I've
ever seen in movies; unless you're one of the above-mentioned people with no
heart, there's no way you will be able to keep at least a couple of tears
from falling. You will almost certainly be pulled into the scene, right
alongside George, begging God to let him live, too. But if somehow you can
prevent the tears from coming, then they'll immediatly come flowing when he
runs back home rejoicing and yelling, "Hello, Bedford Falls!" Yeah, it is
what's come to be called "Capracorn", but it's utterly genuine and very
emotional. The mood is masterfully orchestrated by Capra and masterfully
performed by Stewart. It's the most, well, wonderful way to close a
While that scene and the performance in it are the best things about the movie, that does not mean they're the only good things. Donna Reed makes a great companion with Stewart (witness that telephone scene), Henry Travers is a pleasent diversion as his guardian angel, and Lionel Barrymore is wonderfully wicked as the devious Mr. Potter. The whole film is pretty well-done. Even though everything seems happy, you still do get a little sad knowing George gave up everything. There is a dark edge to this film, especially when he contemplates suicide. Nothing happy there at all, but still well-performed and genuinely sympathy-provoking. While it may be at its best when viewed at Christmas, it's just as good any time of the year and should have a lot of meaning, especially to a depressed or bereaved person. It's just as wonderful as you've heard, honestly.
"It's a wonderful life" is one of those movies that is so good that it has
the same effect on you even if you watch a million times. The story is
brilliant and at the same time it is somewhat simple, James Stewart's
performance is probably his best, and Capra's directing is excellent as
Beginning with God talking to one of his angels telling him that George Bailey (Stewart) wants to kill himself, the movie never drags. You then see Bailey's life and how he married Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) and why he now wants to kill himself. But when George's archangel is sent on Earth and meets with Bailey, the movie is at its best.
Keeping it simple all along, Capra made his best movie ever when he did "It's a wonderful life". It must not be missed.
This is one of my favorite movies of all times. I love James Stewart in the
part of George Bailey. I especially love the part where he's praying at the
bar...that always makes me cry!!~
I also love Henry Travers as Clarence the angel. He's so funny and so sweet...I wish I had a guardian angel like Clarence!
Everyone, of course, loves the end when the townspeople contribute the money to George and Mary. And I just love Harry's toast:
"To my big brother George, the richest man in town!"
"It's a Wonderful Life" has become a Christmas tradition in my house, but it's great to watch any day of the year. I give this movie a 10!
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