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It's A Wonderful Life

Updated on July 30, 2011

The Cappra film that continues to touch the hearts of America every holiday season

Frank Cappra's film, about the human spirit and the importance of everyman's worth, is one of the most inspirational films I've ever seen. The story is about a man, George Bailey (James Stewart), whom runs the loan agency, his father owned, his whole life. However, in doing so, this causes George to have to give up his dreams on countless occasions to see the world. Meanwhile, George's rival, Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore), plans on putting him out of business when he steals Bailey's money. As luck would have it, George contemplates commiting suicide after his money is stolen but is stopped when a guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), steps in. Clarence, an angel trying to earn his wings, shows George what life would be like if he was never born, and how his life was not wasted in vain. I remember when I first saw this film, I almost cried. Don't get me wrong, I hardly ever cry while watching movies, but this film embodies everything positive about life that it'll warm the heart of anyone. In one scene, it'll have the viewer feeling sad when George has to forego his honeymoon when the neighborhood needs him, yet happy at the heart felt ending. Frank Cappra brings a special warm feeling that'll leave an everlasting impression on anyone that sees this. As for the actors themselves, they were just delightful. Frank Cappra's holiday movie is one of the most touching films ever made.

Cappra uses just the right amount of sentimentality to warm the heart of the viewer using many powerful scenes. In one scene, where George saves the life of his boss, played by H.B. Warner, as a kid, it makes the viewer feel a deep connection to the unselfishness of the character. Even allowing the viewer to feel a deeper connection in the love story, when George talks to his girlfriend about lassoing the moon for her. These and many others powerful scenes, helped create one of the most uplifting films ever made.

James Stewart was at his best in this one. Playing the role to perfection, and displaying a human side to the character which allowed audiences to relate to him. He was truly deserving of the nomination for the Academy Award.

Cappra's film is one of the best holiday films ever made. Featuring a great cast, and a story that'll stick with anyone after seeing it. James Stewart was flawless in his performance. "It's a Wonderful Life" is one of the most heart warming films ever made.


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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      6 years ago

      I agree. I think this is arguably one of Capra's best films ever made. In fact, no matter how many times I watch it, I can never find myself getting bored with it. Anyway, thanks for stopping by. :)

    • doodlebugs profile image

      doodlebugs 

      6 years ago from Southwest

      I look forward to watching this movie with my wife every year. Its message never gets old.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      6 years ago

      Your welcome, and thank you for stopping by. It's amazing how well this movie has still managed to survive the test of time, as it's still considered one of the best holiday films ever made. :) Plus, I think you make an excellent point about how each life makes a difference in this world. I think this and the short film "+1 -1" are probably the best at showing how each person makes a difference in someone else's life.

    • DIYweddingplanner profile image

      DIYweddingplanner 

      6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks for writing about one of my all time favorite movies! The concept that each life touches another, for good or ill, is something people need to consider before they choose their actions. And despite it's grief and sorrows, life is still pretty wonderful!

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