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, ...
The gym floor that opens up to reveal a swimming pool was real and was located at Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles.
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.
When George Bailey and Mr. Potter are arguing in the board room after Peter Bailey's death, George says to Potter: "...I know very well what you're talking about; something you can't get your fingers on, and it's gawing (?) you, that's what you're talking about." "Gawing" is not the correct word, and there is no time-period reference to it that I can find. The word should be "Gnawing"; it would seem Stewart just mispronounced the word and the cameras kept rolling.
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)
$7,270,000 (USA) (31 December 1947)
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