It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra (1946)

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Our Score
This masterpiece from Frank Capra is a film with much more to it than festive feel-good sentimentality and still has a lot to say about community spirit. As the suicidal man who is shown the value of his life by his guardian angel, central character George Bailey is Mr Deeds, John Doe and Mr Smith rolled into one and only James Stewart could have so successfully lent him the self-doubt that gnaws away at his essential decency. As with all good morality tales, the villain has to be exceptional, too, and Lionel Barrymore is at the peak of his powers as the evil Potter. The term Capra-esque is too often misapplied: forget the imitations and revel in the genuine article.


A hard-working, small-town businessman comes to think his life has been a complete waste of time and tries to commit suicide. At the last minute, his guardian angel pays him a visit and makes him realise his true worth by showing him what would have happened to those around him had he never been born. Fantasy drama, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell and Frank Faylen.

Cast & Crew

George Bailey James Stewart
Mary Hatch Donna Reed
Mr Potter Lionel Barrymore
Uncle Billy Thomas Mitchell
Clarence Oddbody Henry Travers
Mrs Bailey Beulah Bondi
Ernie Frank Faylen
Bert Ward Bond
Violet Bick Gloria Grahame
Mr Gower H B Warner
Harry Bailey Todd Karns
Pa Bailey Samuel S Hinds
Cousin Tilly Mary Teen
Sam Wainwright Frank Albertson
Little George Bailey Robert J Anderson
Director Frank Capra
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Dec 2018