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It’s A Wonderful Life

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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 130
Theater Release: 07 Jan 1947
Video Release: 01 Nov 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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It’s A Wonderful Life is rated Not Rated:

Director: Frank Capra
Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
Studio: Paramount Pictures / 1946 Republic Pictures

Detailed Review

To know this movie, is to know its creator, Frank Capra.

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Why Is It’s A Wonderful Life Rated Not Rated?

Content includes: A boy is slapped and his ear starts to bleed. A man contemplates… 
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