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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
James Stewart
Donna Reed
Lionel Barrymore
Directors
Frank Capra
Screenwriters
Frances Goodrich
Frank Capra
Albert Hackett
Running Time
129 minutes

It's A Wonderful Life
Festive staple and undeniable, bona fide classic.


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It's A Wonderful Life

Plot
When his savings and loans company crumbles, George Bailey (Stewart) stands on a bridge on Christmas eve, contemplating suicide. Then and angel (Travers) visits him, and shows him what the world will be like without him.


Verdict
Although peppered with colourful, sharply drawn characters, this is Stewart's movie, instantly loveable as a small town dreamer who sacrifices everything for others. His journey to despair and back warms the cockles like little else. Enjoy it in a cinema so you can sob among others.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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