It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

DVD - 2007
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Broke and depressed, George Bailey contemplates suicide, but is brought back from the edge by an angel who shows him the impact he made on other's lives.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, 2007
Edition: 2-Disc Collector's set
ISBN: 9781415719084
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (130 min.) : sd., b&w, col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: It is a wonderful life


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Your basic Capra-corn, this flick is mainly popular because it was in the public domain for a while, and widely broadcast on TV in the 70s around Christmas because it was free. So, it's part of many people's childhood Christmas memories, which is fine, but that doesn't make it a great movie. It was a failure at the box office when first released. Sentimental hogwash about a small town banker who thinks he's been a failure and determines on suicide. Capra made better movies, including "Lost Horizon." And there are plenty of better Christmas movies. Beware of the "Platinum Edition," which is computer-colored.

It would make a great idea for a "Simpsons" episode, where Homer gets to see what Springfield would be like if he'd never been born, and it's a paradise on earth.

Dec 17, 2018

The quintessential Frank Capra film and a heartwarming holiday treat year in and year out, "Life" is the ultimate optimistic statement on the value of love, life, and community. Capra's masterful handling of the bittersweet story line--in which Bailey sacrifices his own dreams to run the family savings-and-loan business and keep his hometown of Bedford Falls out of Potter's greedy paws--is pure Hollywood magic. Reed and Barrymore give exceptional performances, but Stewart, in one of his all-time great roles (a personal favorite), is the dynamic, all-too-human force holding it all together. Revived in the 70's after languishing in copyright limbo, "Life" is nostalgic and achingly sentimental, but doesn't shrink from portraying the dark side of American life.

Oct 23, 2018

The greatest Christmas movie of all time!

Apr 04, 2018

VERY GOOD 1947 b/w Capra film with excellent acting by both James Stewart (best I've seen from him) and Donna Reed (fun to see her in her mid 20's).

Dec 26, 2017

Classic Christmas movie !!! if your feeling bad watch this and you will still be sad but feel good anyway ~ 420~ MERRY CHRISTMAS

Dec 06, 2017

Growing up we watched this movie at least twice every season. I know I am blinded by nostalgia and cannot possibly see this movie's worth objectively but I don't care. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

Aug 24, 2017

Glorified saccharine rose-tinted myth.
Unfortunately, we all live in what if glum Potterville thanks to the Savings & Loan Crisis in the 1980s & 1990s compounded by 2009 global financial crisis on sub-prime mortgages & derivatives.
Mr. Potter rightly seen as poster boy of 1%.

Dec 11, 2016

You know, at first I thought that this 1947 picture was a heart-felt story about good, old George Bailey and how he was driven (through certain escalating circumstance) to the absolute brink of desperation on Xmas eve.

But, I now realize that this film's Christian-driven storyline was actually all about a calculating angel named Clarence who wanted to earn his wings. And so - With that agenda in mind - Clarence is sent down from heaven in order to assist George Bailey. And if he does so this will put him in favour with god and allow him to earn his wings.

So, in other words - Clarence helping George has nothing to do with any apparent kindness, charity, or good will towards man - No. It doesn't - It's all just a selfish, self-serving act on Clarence's part to earn those wings that he covets so much.

And so - With that in mind - I think that this covetous scenario reduces this manipulative, little tear-jerker to the slimy level of showing us all just how hypocritical and pretentious angels really are.

SaraLovesBooks Dec 05, 2016

This film has become a classic favorite for families every year at Christmas. It's not hard to see why. The story veers from heartwarming to heartbreaking and back again, with the story of George Bailey's life and the decisions he has had to make in his life. It can get a bit cloying for modern audiences, especially for non-Christian audiences. The over-the-top, cartoonish greed of Mr. Potter can get to be a bit much as well. However, overall, this is a good movie to watch with the family at Christmastime.

Dec 01, 2016

Believe me - This decidedly heavy-handed, Christianity-driven, tear-jerker (from 1947) is so loaded down with underlying religious propaganda that (depending on which side of the bible your "daily bread" is buttered on) it's either gonna warm your heart, or else it's sure to freeze it.

This film's storyline also preached (and I quote) "No man is a failure who has friends" - (Yeah? - Isn't that nice to know?) - But, with that in mind - (I ask you) - What about all of those out there who have no friends? Does that render them as failures?

Anyway - From my critically observant point of view - "It's A Wonderful Life" was so incredibly over-sentimental and highly manipulative (as it zeroed in on the idealism of small-town, American life in the late-1940s) that its storytelling repeatedly veered right off the radar into the stratosphere of pure surrealism.

And, as a result - This film ended up coming across like an extended (and very creepy) 2-hour-10-minute episode of The Twilight Zone. This was especially so during the film's "Pottersville" sequence - As well as in its final climatic moments of total jubilation.

(*Watch "Listen To Your Heart" music-video*)

View All Comments


Add a Quote
Dec 14, 2015

" When a bell rings, an angel gets it's wings".

Dec 07, 2012

Annie: "Boys and girls and music -- why do they need gin?"

Dec 07, 2012

George Bailey: "I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I'm comin' back here to go to college and see what they know. And then I'm gonna build things. I'm gonna build airfields, I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I'm gonna build bridges a mile long..."

Dec 07, 2012

George Bailey: "Just a minute... just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You're right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was... why, in the twenty five years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn't that right, Uncle Billy? He didn't save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what's wrong with that? Why... here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers?" (cont'd)

Dec 07, 2012

George Bailey: "...You... you said... what'd you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken down that they... Do you know how long it takes a working man to save five thousand dollars? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him. But to you -- a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you'll ever be!"

Dec 07, 2012

Ernie (welcoming George home to his honeymoon suite): "Entré, mon-sewer. Entré."

Dec 07, 2012

Mary Bailey (embracing George): "Remember the night we broke the windows in this old house? This is what I wished for."

Dec 07, 2012

Mr. Potter: "George... I am an old man and most people hate me -- but I don't like them either, so that makes it all even."

Dec 07, 2012

George Bailey: "...It's this old house. I don't know why we all don't have pneumonia. Drafty old barn! (kicks kitchen chair) Might as well be living in a refrigerator... Why do we have to live here in the first place, and stay around this measly, crummy old town..." Mary Bailey: "George, what's wrong?" George Bailey: "Wrong? Everything's wrong. You call this a happy family -- why do we have to have all these kids?"

Dec 07, 2012

Clarence: "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

View All Quotes


Add Age Suitability
Dec 19, 2015

VV17 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jan 16, 2013

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jul 19, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Mar 14, 2011

NanaPat thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


Add a Summary
Jul 19, 2011

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at CSM

To Top