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It's a Wonderful Life 75th Anniversary presented by TCM

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  • Trailer 1
  • Clip: I don't want to get married (colorized)

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Synopsis

): Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures are bringing It’s A Wonderful Life to select cinemas on December 18 & 21including exclusive insights from TCM. Embraced as a cherished holiday tradition by families around the world, Frank Capra’s heart-warming masterpiece now celebrates 75 years with this big-screen event. George Bailey (James Stewart) sets aside his dreams of world travel to run his father’s small community bank, and protect the people of Bedford Falls from greedy businessman Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). When a costly mistake pushes George to the brink of despair, a visit from a kindly angel (Henry Travers) will show George how the life of one good man can change the world forever.

Cast

  • James Stewart
  • Donna Reed
  • Lionel Barrymore
  • Thomas Mitchell
  • Henry Travers
  • Beulah Bondi
  • Frank Faylen
  • Ward Bond
  • Gloria Grahame
  • H.B. Warner

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Metacritic

100

It's one of those ageless movies, like Casablanca or The Third Man, that improves with age. Some movies, even good ones, should only be seen once. When we know how they turn out, they've surrendered their mystery and appeal. Other movies can be viewed an indefinite number of times. Like great music, they improve with familiarity. It's a Wonderful Life falls in the second category.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
70

Indeed, the weakness of this picture, from this reviewer's point of view, is the sentimentality of it—its illusory concept of life. Mr. Capra's nice people are charming, his small town is a quite beguiling place and his pattern for solving problems is most optimistic and facile. But somehow they all resemble theatrical attitudes rather than average realities. And Mr. Capra's turkey dinners philosophy, while emotionally gratifying, doesn't fill the hungry paunch.

Metacritic review by Bosley Crowther
Bosley Crowther
The New York Times