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  • Dir. Frank Capra
  • USA
  • 1946
  • 130 min.
  • PG
  • 4K DCP Restoration
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Holiday Classics.

An annual Belcourt tradition. Frank Capra’s inverted take on A CHRISTMAS CAROL stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a good man who’s spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would’ve been like had he never been born.

“What is remarkable about IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is how well it holds up over the years; it's one of those ageless movies, like CASABLANCA or THE THIRD MAN, that improves with age.” —Roger Ebert (1999) 

“The true magic of the film is that Capra's undeniably vital creative genius, with the help of his perfect cast, pulls its conflicts and mood swings together, through comedy, sentimentality and despair, into a supremely entertaining homily on simple goodness, forever treasured for the cheer of its insistence that ‘no man is alone who has friends…’ “ —Angie Errigo, Empire 

“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is a wonderful title for a motion picture about which practically everyone who sees it will agree that it's wonderful entertainment.” —Hollywood Reporter (1946)

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