It's a Wonderful Life Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thoma Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of It's a Wonderful Life

When George Bailey contemplates suicide, he gets help from an angel friend who shows him his life in retrospective. The angel also shows George how different the town of Bedford Falls would've been if he hadn't been born. After listening to this story, George decides to get on with his life, and the angel earns his wings. Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart, respectively the greatest director and actor of their time, delivered this gem of a holiday classic in 1939.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Teddy

George Bailey, a bank officer in the small town of Bedford Falls, wants to end it all by jumping off a bridge ... on Christmas Eve! He misplaced an $8,000 loan and believes that he is not only ruined, but his entire life has been a waste. A crotchety old male angel named Clarence Oddbody stops Bailey from jumping, however, and shows him what Bedford Falls might have been like if George had never lived. It's a unique opportunity to see how even a small, seemingly uneventful life touches so many others in marvelous and unexpected ways. James Stewart is perfect in the lead role of this sweet Christmas season favorite that went all but unnoticed when released in 1946, but became a classic beloved by nearly all after repeated airings on television through the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. Director Frank Capra brought his gentle touch to a screenplay based on a story by Philip Van Doren and credited to Capra, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Jo Swerling, and Michael Wilson (though big guns Dalton Trumbo, Dorothy Parker, and Clifford Odets are all reported to have done uncredited work on the script as well).
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

This movie is about the pressures of everyday life on an ordinary man. Eventually, George Bailey is pushed over the edge and comes to question his purpose in life at all, even wondering if it would have been better had he not been born at all. God hears the cries for help from friends and family, and sends angel Clarence to show George what life for those around him would have been like without his influence.
The review of this Movie prepared by Natalie Everett

A man who's put his life on hold for the sake of his neighbors, friends, family, and town suddenly finds evrything falling down around him and considers the world would be better without him. A guardian angel shows him what life would be like without him and he decides he would rather be alive because he did so much good.
The review of this Movie prepared by Zorikh Lequidre

Script Analysis of It's a Wonderful Life

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Religion themed film?    -   Yes Kind of religion story    -   angel buddy

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   school    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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