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

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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

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

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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 Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Need a really great, make you feel good movie... then this is it!
Pamiepooh1963
It is the story of family and friendships and the value of one's life....a good reminder of how we should not take it for granted!
aunt kiki
It is the best Christmas movie ever made and one of the top ten movies of all time.
Kevin Dart

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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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 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 D. Thomas on December 16, 2013
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This old classic that is a joy to watch every year. They have it on tv every year but its just a nice movie to personally have.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aunt kiki on December 27, 2013
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It is the story of family and friendships and the value of one's life....a good reminder of how we should not take it for granted!
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steve A on December 16, 2013
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This is a movie with many intricacies and flashbacks. I have read the original story by Mark Van Doren, and this movie shows just how much the filmwriters can flesh out the story to make it much more engaging and satisfying. The film version is so involved and nuanced that a new viewer would think it had come from a novel.
James Stewart brings a lot to the part of George Bailey. The whole story is made to be believable in spite of the alternate history twist. There are many elements in addition to melodrama, such as real historical backdrops of the depression and world war II. This movie is a tear jerker without being cloyingly sentimental, which shows why Frank Capra is such a great director. I would say this is the very best movie of its type ever made to date
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