One of the most treasured films in Hollywood history. George Bailey (James Stewart) is a small town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrificed his education for his brother’s, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore), and married his childhood sweetheart (Donna Reed). As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes, showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he had never lived.
“The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.”—Chicago Reader
Combine the characters, the story, the message, and the acting, and it’s easy to see why It’s a Wonderful Life isn’t just a holiday favorite, but a great movie by almost any standards.—ReelViews