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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Director:
Frank Capra
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Livet er vidunderlig
RUNNING TIME
129 minutes
Producer:
Frank Capra
Screenwriter:
Frank Capra
Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Jo Swerling


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
George Bailey James Stewart
Mary Hatch Donna Reed
Mr. Potter Lionel Barrymore
Uncle Billy Thomas Mitchell
Clarence Henry Travers

 

Review

This highly sentimental film about human and moral values could easily have been reduced to a cheap tear-jerker but for fine direction by Frank Capra. It is basically a simple story (with somewhat one-dimensional characters), but it is also a very earnest, heartfelt and charming one about timeless issues that concern (and always will concern) ordinary people. James Stewart has a few awkward moments early on (this was his first movie since serving in the war) but he soon rizes to the occasion and has some magnificent scenes towards the end. The movie's real treat, of course, is when the famous fantasy-sequence kicks in. It is arguably one of the most effective of such in the history of film so well executed, written and performed that when it is pay-off time, we don't mind a few easy tears. The film's fundemental goodness and overall positive tone will get to you. That was one of Frank Capra's undeniable talents.

Copyright 4.1.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]