It's A Wonderful Life

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    I just saw this classic movie is on tv tonight and wondered if anyone else loves this movie as well? I hope so. Enjoy.
     
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    I watch it every holiday season to find out if Clarence gets his wings. The suspense kills me.
     
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    It's a family tradition. Mom tends to overwatch - say 10 or 12 times between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
     
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    I think I've watched it so often it has no impact on me if I watch it. Recalling it in my memory is another thing. It means much there.

    By the way, Alfalfa (from the Our Gang comedies), has a bit role in it.

    Curiously, the film GREMLINS seems to take place in an area very much like Bedford Falls.
     
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    There's an article in the current Vanity Fair about the recent financial crisis that quotes Its a Wonderful Life and how the struggle of George's old Building and Loan laid out an American construct defining the importance of home ownership and its role in building good citizenship. Even the current administration has said home ownership is critical to our national well-being. Watching IAWL tonight, I have to chuckle that this movie has had so much of a role in American history, including laying a few bricks in the foundation of the American Dream.
     
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    My favorite movie.

    "I wish I had a million dollars, HOT DOG!!!"

    "George Bailey I will love you til the day I die."

    The pharmacy/sweet shop scene rocks!!!!
     
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    A good friend often intentionally misquotes, "Teacher says 'every time a bell rings a cat dies.'"
     
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    Easily one of my top ten movies of all time. Powerful, moving, and nostalgic. Every time I watch it, I see something new.
     
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    Great Christmas flick
     
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    I love this film. I love films where it all build up until the end and then the emotion comes out.

    But the thing is, it was all that drunk Uncle Billy's fault! If he hadn't accidentally handed all the money to Mr. Potter, the whole mess could have been avoided.
    I thought it was Pottersville. :rolleyes:
     
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    i love it because james stewart was and always will be my favourite actor of alltime.

    and he is gorgeous too no matter what age he was...always loved him.
     
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    I'm just short of 51 and finally watched the film last night on NBC to see what the
    fuss was all about. Were 'Bert & Ernie', from Sesame Street named for the two
    guys in the film????
    But; my favorite classic film with Christmas celebrated in it is "Bright Eyes", from
    1934. Who can resist the battle of good vs. evil between Shirley Temple and Jane Withers??!!??
     
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    Yes!
     
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    I just loose it every time I see the scene at the end of the movie where all the townspeople burst into the Bailey's house and empty their savings into the basket to save George.

    Waterworks.
     
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    I see it's listed again this evening on NBC network. I've never seen the entire movie and that will probably still be true after tonight.


    Seems there's quite a large number that like it

    This yr. because the economy is bad, he isn't getting any wings.
     
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    James Stewart has made my Christmas season warm and jolly for many good years now. In a good season i catch it at least twice.

    Ahhh is that a bell I hear ringing
     
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    That part always gets me, too. That and the scene where it looks like all is lost and George is yelling at his kids and yells at the daughter playing the piano and the wife is thinking WTF is going on and trying to stay calm and measured with the kids while George is freaking out - the despair, fear, and frustration that comes across in that scene is pretty haunting and powerful.
     
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    Of course, even at the end of the movie... the teacher he yelled at still has a sucky Christmas
     
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    Up until two years ago, I'd only seen bits and pieces of IAWL. A good friend, who was appalled by the notion after having mentioned it, sat me down and we watched the DVD.

    As far as Christmas movies go, it's fairly benign and actually brings home a message of love, hope, truth and commitment trumping commercialism as a reason for the season. Considering the era in which it was made, there's actually very little cynicism.
     
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