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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 18, 1998
 R2: 29 Nov 2004

Budget $3,180,000

Running Time
2 hours, 10 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Liberty Films Inc.

Studio Liberty Films, RKO Pictures

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Other Titles
• It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
• Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life
• The Greatest Gift



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Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Christmas, Tear Jerker, World War II, Marriage, Fantasy, Ghosts

Tagline: They're making memories tonight!

Plot: A good but slightly ineffectual man tries to off himself after an error that really wasn't his fault. In Christmas carol fashion, his crusty-but-lovable guardian angel shows up to give him a tour of the world without his presence, and it isn't a pretty place. Moral courage, small-town American life, civic cooperation, and family love are glorified; corporate greed and self-involvement are vilified; at the climax, a blanket of snow like spun sugar makes everything pure and clean like redemption itself. The DVD version contains a behind-the-scenes featurette and an interview with director Capra. Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (James Stewart), Best Editing, Best Sound.

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 Directed by
Frank Capra
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Arsenic and Old Lace, It Happened One Night
 Written by
Frances Goodrich
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 Cast
James Stewart
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Donna Reed
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Lionel Barrymore
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Thomas Mitchell
Gone with the Wind, High Noon, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Henry Travers
Shadow of a Doubt, The Invisible Man, Mrs. Miniver
Beulah Bondi
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Frank Faylen
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 Music By
Dimitri Tiomkin
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Leigh Harline
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Leith Stevens
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Roy Webb
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