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It's A Wonderful Life (Black & White Version) 1947 NR CC

(674) IMDb 8.6/10
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An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.

Starring:
James Stewart, Donna Reed
Runtime:
2 hours, 11 minutes

Available to watch on supported devices.

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Kids & Family
Director Frank Capra
Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed
Supporting actors Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner, Todd Karns, Samuel S. Hinds, Mary Treen, Frank Albertson, Virginia Patton, Charles Williams, Sarah Edwards, William Edmunds, Lillian Randolph, Argentina Brunetti
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LaurenMomma on January 6, 2014
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Not only is this movie still the best Christmas movie - perhaps not only despite of being in Black and While, but BECAUSE of being in Black and White. After seeing it again for the first time in many years but also first time with my 8 year old, I feel in love with it all over again. I noticed that - just like how a great Black and White photograph brings out the dramatic and edge in a good photo image, the black and white made the dramatic segments of the movie all the more "edgier" and more dramatic. And with the current movies that are filled with all the bells and whistles of 3D animation, non-stop special effects, it was a great, tight story that leaves you with a poignant message that really touches us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Todd on December 17, 2013
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This is my favorite holiday movie. It just doesn't feel like Christmas till I see it. This year, it's only being broadcast once, and the snow caused us to lose reception on our satellite dish on that night. Amazon saved the day! And with excellent picture quality, too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Thompson on December 21, 2013
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The perfect Christmas movie and has been for 65 years. Absolutely loved watching it on my Kindle Fire. I was SO glad it was in Black and White. I expected it was going to be the colorized one because of the picture and that just seems wrong somehow. Thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Levine on October 9, 2013
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This incredible film portrays humanity at its best. Peter and William Bailey started the Bailey Building and loan. They were poor businessmen, but managed to provide enough money for themselves to get by. George followed in his fathers footsteps.

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George saved his brother, Harry from drowning under the ice. He saved his first boss from accidentally poisoning someone. The townspeople loved George too.

As he grew older, he worked at the building and loan. He planned to go places and do things. Then his father died. His father's legacy - the Building and Loan was threatened with destruction. As much as George wanted to follow his dreams, his desire to save the company was even stronger. By the time his brother got married, George was willing to voluntarily step aside and let his brother take a lucrative offer. This condemned George to stay in the town and run his father's company. While George occasionally regretted not following his original dreams, they were supplanted by his father's vision of making a living and also helping others to buy their own homes. The success of this even threatened wealthy Mr. Potter. Because of an accidental misplacing of money, George is threatened with prison. Mr. Potter swears out a warrant for his arrest and accuses him of misusing money and giving it to his mistress. Potter knew that George had no mistress (Violet) and was innocent. In fact, Potter knew he had George's money. Under extreme duress, George plans suicide to bail out everyone with his life insurance.

Clarence, the angel saves him. George finds out what life would be like for everyone, had he never been born. At the end, he is almost happy to go to jail, because all of his loved ones - THE WHOLE TOWN - is saved. The town found out from his wife that he was in trouble. They bailed him out. Mr. Potter found out that he would never defeat George.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By couchsh on December 23, 2013
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Great movie!

However, since there is a colorized version of the movie, I would have liked to have been able to purchase the color version as an Amazon Instant Video. I couldn't tell what I was getting until after I'd purchased it. Personally, I don't mind black and white, but I think my children would have been more interested if it had been in color. The black and white was an immediate turn off; so it took them a while to get into the movie, but once they did, they enjoyed it.

Maybe if I had ordered the HD version, it would have been in color, or at least I would have had the option of color. I don't know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elaine s polly cox on November 17, 2013
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This is a classic I raised my 5 children with on ThanksGiving Day, we watch it all the time, it shows the wondderful gift of love family and community bound by faith,and no matter how hard life is there is always God an family to get you thru,we love it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam F. Ault on December 16, 2013
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I watch this every year, along with a couple of others. Was disappointed that it never came up free but I have it purchased and will continue to watch annually. Can't go wrong with this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dj pete on December 15, 2013
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sometimes we can all relate to George Bailey when times get rough. But Clarence did get his wings and George realized its a wonderful life!
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