PG | | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
13 September 2002 | Richard Brunton
10 | A wonderful film that should be watched again and again.
This is one of the best films of all time, without a doubt. I challenge anyone to watch this film and not be touched, ...
Many people who have read "The Greatest Gift", the short story that inspired this film, have said it's their favorite movie.
Mr. Emil Gower:
I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father.
Giuseppe Martini: Joseph, Jesus and Mary. Help my friend, Mr. Bailey.
Ma Bailey: Help my son, George, tonight.
Bert: He never thinks about himself, God, that's why he's in trouble.
Ernie Bishop: George is a good guy. Give him a break, God.
In the montage depicting what happens to the townspeople of Bedford Falls during World War II, Joseph narrates, "Marty [Mary's brother] helped capture the Remagen Bridge," whilst Marty is shown calling out urgently and giving the classic infantry "Follow Me!" gesture. In the rear projection stock footage making up the background, however, American troops are actually walking casually onto the bridge in a non-tactical manner. The lighter-shaded rectangle on the right bridge tower is actually a sign that reads "CROSS THE RHINE WITH DRY FEET, COURTESY OF 9TH ARMD DIV.", which was put up the day after the bridge had been captured.
A ringing facsimile of the Liberty Bell (without the crack) forms the backdrop for the studio logo, which is Liberty Films, and the opening credits are in a scrapbook with Christmas decorations. The bell reappears before the end credits, and the end credits have a Christmas card picture as a backdrop.
£49,845 (UK) (19 December 2008)
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