It’s a Wonderful Life., 1946.
Directed by Frank Capra.
Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers.
Based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s 1943 short story The Greatest Gift, Frank Capra’s heartwarming fantasy drama It’s a Wonderful Life was a box office failure upon its initial release in 1946, but it has since went on to justifiably earn a reputation as one of the greatest Christmas movies in the history of cinema, and it was also named as America’s Most Inspiring Movie as part of the AFI’s 100 Years… series in 2006.
Taking place in the small town of Bedford Falls on Christmas Eve, the film centres on George Bailey (James Stewart), a businessman on the verge of suicide after discovering he might be bankrupt. When prayers for George’s well-being reach Heaven, a guardian angel called Clarence (Henry Travers) gets a chance to earn his wings by visiting Earth and showing George what life would be like for his friends and family had he never existed.
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