This moving and beautifully told film is a true masterpiece of cinema.  A tale of rivalry and despair at thirty, the story finds George Bailey (James Stuart) in turmoil, having been framed by his arch rival, torn between his own desires and aspirations, but struggling to always do the right thing.  This inner conflict proves too much for Bailey, who sees suicide as the only option.  In classic Hollywood style, Heaven sends a guardian angel to remind him how worthwhile his life has been and to treasure the good times when the going gets tough.

Dir: Frank Capra      

1947               

USA   

129 minutes             

Cert: G

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers

 

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