It’s A Wonderful Life parents guide

It’s A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra's classic Christmas tale reminds everyone to look for what is wonderful in your life.

Overall A

On a snowy Christmas eve, George Bailey (James Stewart) finds himself wondering why he was ever born. In the midst of his musings, a crazy old man (Henry Tavers) claiming to be an angle appears and gives the desperate man an opportunity to see how things might have been had he never existed.

Release date January 7, 1947

Violence B+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use B

Why is It’s A Wonderful Life rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated It’s A Wonderful Life Not Rated

Run Time: 130 minutes

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It’s A Wonderful Life
Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is It’s A Wonderful Life rated Not Rated? It’s A Wonderful Life is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Content includes: A boy is slapped and his ear starts to bleed. A man contemplates suicide. Characters drink, some to the point of drunkenness. Punches and brawling are depicted. An allusion to prostitution is made. A police officer fires shots at a man which whistle through a street crowded with people. A child nearly drowns. References are made to World War II and some of its battles. Embracing and kissing are shown. Bullying. Characters exchange angry words. A character is dishonest.

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It’s A Wonderful Life
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia G Violence.
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

It’s A Wonderful Life is directed by Frank Capra and stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of It’s A Wonderful Life movie is November 1, 2011. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: It’s a Wonderful Life: Collector’s Edition Gift Set (Blu-ray)

Release Date: 1 November 2011

It’s a Wonderful Life releases in a gift set on November 1, 2011. This Collector’s Edition includes:

- It’s a Wonderful Life: Restored Black and White Version in high definition (Blu-ray)

- It’s a Wonderful Life: Colorized Version in high definition (Blu-ray)

- Shadow box packaging

- Featurette: The Making Of It’s A Wonderful Life (hosted by Tom Bosley)

- Theatrical trailer

- Collector’s bell ornament

- Commemorative booklet.

DVD Notes: It’s A Wonderful Life

DVD Release Date: 13 November 2007

If you’ve enjoyed watching this movie for years on television, than you owe it to yourself to have a look at its DVD rebirth. While the studio claims the print comes from the original negatives, it appears to me that the film was transferred from a positive print—but it is a very good transfer and looks far better than any previous release of the movie.

Technical nitpicking aside, the DVD also offers the original theatrical trailer as well as a short “making of” movie featuring Tom Bosley. Both of these were on the 50th Anniversary release VHS that was available a few years ago. However a third short feature produced in 1991 and hosted by Frank Capra Jr. is also available, and includes short interviews with Frank Capra and James Stewart shortly before both of their deaths.

You will also find Spanish and French dubbed versions as well as subtitles in these languages along with English. The DVD is double sided, so you do have to flip it over and handle it carefully, however we hate to complain… it’s great to finally have this historic film available on DVD.

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