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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family, Fantasy


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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.


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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Potter is in his horse-drawn carriage at the start, it's the only scene where Potter's bodyguard isn't pushing him and someone else is driving him around instead.


Quotes

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.
Mary: ...


Goofs

When Mary (Donna Reed) throws her rock at an upstairs window of the dilapidated old house, the rock disappears a split second after leaving her hand, and then reappears in the distance just before crashing through the glass. The roof of the house was a matte painting, added after principal photography by the visual effects department. When Ms. Reed threw her rock (and it was her throwing it, not a stand-in), the arc of its flight was a bit too high, and it crossed the matte line for most of its travel. Consequently, it was covered up by the painting, which was added later. Apparently the live-action crew did not notice the potential problem when filming the shot.


Crazy Credits

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.

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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Details

Release Date:

7 January 1947

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Budget:

$3,180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£49,845 (UK) (19 December 2008)

Gross:

$7,270,000 (USA) (31 December 1947)

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