"It's a Wonderful Life" is a holiday classic
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Published: 11/24/2009 6:21 PM
Print this article Thanksgiving is a holiday marked by traditions - some are unique to each family and some are ubiquitous. One popular American family tradition is watching "It's a Wonderful Life" while recovering from the turkey and the apple pie.
Though the American Film Institute lists "It's a Wonderful Life" as one of the 100 best American films ever made, the movie was not an immediate success. It was nominated for several Oscars but performed poorly at the box office. However, the timeless tale still has resonance with modern audiences, as evidenced by its staying power.
The story follows the life of George Bailey (James Stewart) a noble and hardworking everyman who has often sacrificed his own desires and dreams to do the right thing or help out a family member. However, one Christmas Eve, George finds himself in the midst of a financial crisis. He considers committing suicide until his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers), swoops in and shows George how his life has positively affected just about everyone he knows.
However, if you prefer to herald the holiday season with a more modern Christmas story, consider popping in "Four Christmases" or "Love Actually," both of which are feel-good seasonal favorites
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