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article imageReview: 'It's a Wonderful Life' is a wonderful movie

By W. Mark Dendy     Dec 16, 2013 in Entertainment
If you are ever down and out and wonder why you ever existed, find a copy of “It's a Wonderful Life” and watch it. The 1946 film has great therapeutic value.
The Frank Capra directed film that stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and Donna Reed as his wife Mary is generally reserved for the Christmas Holidays but is a great classic for anytime with a life lesson for all – young and old, rich and poor, sick and healthy.
The black and white film which has been digitally remastered and colorized is best viewed in its original format.
"It's a Wonderful Life" is summarized on IMDB:
This movie is about a divine intervention by a guardian angel, to help a man in distress. It opens with a a fanciful depiction of angels in heaven discussing a problem that has come up. They are receiving prayers from mortals, like "Please, God, something's the matter with Daddy". George Bailey (James Stewart) is about to kill himself, and they need to send an angel down to Earth to stop him. They select Clarence (Henry Travers), a somewhat down-on-his-luck angel who hasn't earned his wings yet, but who they decide is right for the job. The senior angels promise that Clarence will get his wings if he succeeds. The bulk of the movie is a replaying, by the senior angels and for Clarence's benefit, of George's life, so that Clarence will understand George.
George Bailey has big plans to travel the world and these plans are derailed first by falling in love with Mary Hatch who wants to get married. But Mary is actually the least of George Bailey's problems.
When George's father has a stroke, George has to take over his dad's Building and Loan business. George is as generous and forgiving as his father, but a chain of events on Christmas eve occur that leaves George Bailey at the end of his rope. ready to take his own life.
He is saved by the angel Clarence and given a chance to see the world had George Bailey never existed.
The replay of events that occurred during George Bailey's lifetime had George Bailey never been born, illustrated the numerous lives that were touched by Bailey.
In the final scene, Harry Bailey, George's younger brother, a war hero, raises a glass and proposes a toast "To my big bother George, the richest man in town."
It's a Wonderful Life is a movie that will make you laugh and make you cry and cause you to look back and realize that your life is proven purposeful by the sheer number of people's lives that are touched by you.
It is a movie “Where wishes come true...Where angels are real...,” and “the greatest gift of all... is right at home.”
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