It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Genres - Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Christmas Film, Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 20, 1946  |   Run Time - 130 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1943. The film is now among the most popular in American cinema and because of numerous television showings in the 1980s has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.

The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.

Despite initially performing poorly financially because of high production costs and stiff competition at the time of its release, the film has come to be regarded as a classic. Theatrically, the film's break-even point was $6.3 million, approximately twice the production cost, a figure it never came close to achieving in its initial release. An appraisal in 2006 reported: "Although it was not the complete box office failure that today everyone believes ... it was initially a major disappointment and confirmed, at least to the studios, that Capra was no longer capable of turning out the populist features that made his films the must-see, money-making events they once were."

It's a Wonderful Life is one of the most acclaimed films ever made, praised particularly for its writing. It was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made, placing number 11 on its initial 1998 greatest movie list, and number one on AFI's list of the most inspirational American films of all time. Capra revealed that the film was his personal favorite among those he directed, adding that he screened it for his family every Christmas season.

Movie Info

Budget

$3,180,000

Box Office

$9,740,308

Tags

American Film Institute, Angel, Bank, Building And Loan, Christmas, Christmas Eve, Cult, Film Based On Literature, Flashback Film, Great Depression, Guardian Angel, Holiday, Literary, Newlywed, Redemption, Small Town, Spiritual/Religious

Attributes

Filming Location: California
Narrative Location: New York
Subject: angel

Alternate Titles

A Felicidade Não Se Compra
BR
Az élet csodaszép
HU
Brīnišķā dzīve
LV
Che zendegi-e shegeft angizi
IR
Cudovito zivljenje
SI
Cuộc Sống Tươi Đẹp
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Det er herligt at leve
DK
Divan život
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Do Céu Caiu Uma Estrela
PT
Elämä on sittenkin ihanaa
FI
Elu Chaim Niflaim
IL
Ennaha hayat rae'a
EG
Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life
GB, US
Ihmeellinen elämä
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Ihmeellinen on elämä
FI
Ist das Leben nicht schön?
AT, DE, CH
It's a Wonderful Life
AU, CA, EC, HK, IN, ID, NL, PH, SG, ZA, TH, AE, GB, US
La vida es maravillosa
VE
La vie est belle
BE, CA, FR
La Vita è Meravigliosa
IT
Livet är underbart
SE
Livet er vidunderlig
NO
Mens, durf te leven
NL
Mia yperohi zoi
GR
O viață minunată
RO
Pamatyk kine: Nuostabus gyvenimas
LT
Qué bello es vivir
AR
Que bonic és viure!
ES
Que la vie est belle
BE
Şahane Hayat
TR
See imetabane elu
EE
Subarashiki kana, jinsei!
JP
Tai nuostabus gyvenimas
LT
The Greatest Gift
US
To wspaniałe życie
PL
Wat een mooi leven
BE
Yaşamak Güzeldir
TR
Yeh ek Adbhut Jeevan Hai
IN
Život je krásný
CZ
Život je krásny
CS, SK
¡Qué bello es vivir!
MX, PE, ES, VE
¡Que bello es vivir!
UY
Μια υπέροχη ζωή
GR
Диван живот
RS
Животът е чудесен
BG
Це дивовижне життя
UA
Це прекрасне життя
UA
Эта замечательная жизнь
RU
Эта прекрасная жизнь
RU
อิตส์อะวันเดอร์ฟูลไลฟ์
TH
生活多美好
CN
素晴らしき哉、人生!
JP
風雲人物
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멋진 인생
KR