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

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An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

Starring:
James Stewart, Donna Reed
Runtime:
2 hours, 10 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Romance, 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 Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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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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It's been a few years since I last viewed "It's a Wonderful Life," but it still retains all the magic I recall from when I first saw it as a child in the early 1960s, a few years before it gathered a cult following.

Every time I see it, I am reminded that life is worth living, regardless of what life tosses at you. And that you can touch many more lives than you ever realize.

George Bailey is part of the liturgy of my life, and I'm glad I was able to purchase an online copy from Amazon for my viewing this year.
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This is a great movie that so many friends and family members have watched over the years. This movie's meaning has changed since I watched it as a little girl. It definitely contains some life lessons about what is truly important in life. The more we care about and impact other people's lives in a positive manner, the more meaningful our lives are. This film's meaning is more nostalgic and yet still applicable in todays hectic, money-oriented, self-absorbed world.
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Okay, who could NOT like this movie? I don't think I want to meet that person, if there is one. This is THE must see movie for the holiday season...or any season, for that matter. I especially like this version because it's in the original black and white. The entire cast is superb. The story line moves you between tears to laughter, back to tears and then to an understanding of what life is all about...good, loving relationships. Need some encouragement? Watch this movie...
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Everyone should see this movie but be prepared - the movie is made very much in the style of the time, almost like a theater play. It takes a little while to get used to the hyper activity of all the characters! Everyone acts like they had too much caffeine or something! Tiring to watch at first, but then, after about 30 minutes or so, the movies sets a pace of its own and you get used to it.
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