History Heartwarming / ItsAWonderfulLife

12th Jan '18 10:36:30 AM Razor21792
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* It's very easy to miss at first, but Mister Gower manages to come back from his drunken despair and becomes a much better man and a dear friend to George. It's a stark contrast to both how he was in the start of the movie and in the Pottersville reality.
* The scene where George is at the dinner table with his dad, especially given what happens later that night. In a lot of fiction, if a character is killed off, the main character sometimes gets into a huge argument ("The last thing I said to him/her was that I wished I wasn't his son"), but George's comment? "Y'know, Dad, I think you're a really great guy." Just a brief moment of peace between father and son.
** And then George's oldest son is named Peter, after his dad. Their relationship wasn't onscreen much, but it's clear just how much they loved each other.
** Earlier in the scene, George and Harry carry their mother in and deposit her in her husband's lap, telling their father they have a present for him, and the senior Baileys hug and otherwise display the kind of comfortable affection any couple would want to have after so long together.
* George and Mary on the telephone together with Sam. George had been in a cranky mood the whole scene, but slowly realizes during the phone conversation that he does truly love Mary. He makes one last-ditch effort to assert his selfish independence, but it's a lost cause.
--> '''Sam''': Would you tell that guy I'm giving him the chance of a lifetime, do you hear? The chance of a lifetime!\\
'''Mary''': He says it's the chance of a lifetime.\\
'''George''': ''(clutching Mary)'' Now you listen to me. I don't want any plastics, and I don't want any ground floors. And I don't want to get married, ever, to anyone. You understand that? I want to do what ''I'' want to do. And you're... and you're... Oh, Mary, Mary.\\
''(the two kiss passionately)''



* The denouement when George Bailey finally realizes that he has gained far more than he lost for staying in Bedford Falls, especially when seemingly the entire town comes to help him after Mr. Potter claimed that they would hate him for losing their money.
* When George is on the bridge crying out, "I want to live again," pay attention to what happens. He's calling out to Clarence, his guardian angel, and nothing happens. Then he breaks down and whimpers, "Please, God, let me live again"... and immediately the wind dies down and it starts to snow, showing that his prayers have indeed been answered and things have finally changed back to the way they're supposed to be.
** Notice, too, that once George is back in the normal world, his mouth is bleeding again and he's got Zuzu's petals in his pocket... but no mention is made of his bad ear. It's at least a possibility that George was given his hearing back permanently as an extra "Christmas gift" and reward for his renewed faith.

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* The denouement when Mary and the children are watching George Bailey finally realizes flip out in ways that he has gained far more than he lost for staying in Bedford Falls, especially terrify them. But when seemingly the entire town comes to help him after Mr. Potter claimed that they would hate him for losing recover their money.
* When George is on the bridge crying out, "I want
ability to live again," pay attention to what happens. He's calling out to Clarence, his guardian angel, and nothing happens. Then he breaks down and whimpers, "Please, God, let me live again"... and immediately the wind dies down and it starts to snow, showing that his prayers have indeed been answered and things have finally changed back to the way they're supposed to be.
** Notice, too, that once George is back in the normal world, his mouth is bleeding again and he's got Zuzu's petals in his pocket... but no mention is made of his bad ear. It's at least a possibility that George was given his hearing back permanently as an extra "Christmas gift" and reward
speak, their first thought is, "We'd better pray for his renewed faith.Daddy right away, so he'll feel better." Heartwarming for this troper.



* The scene where George is at the dinner table with his dad, especially given what happens later that night. In a lot of fiction, if a character is killed off, the main character sometimes gets into a huge argument ("The last thing I said to him/her was that I wished I wasn't his son"), but George's comment? "Y'know, Dad, I think you're a really great guy." Just a brief moment of peace between father and son.
** And then George's oldest son is named Peter, after his dad. Their relationship wasn't onscreen much, but it's clear just how much they loved each other.
** Earlier in the scene, George and Harry carry their mother in and deposit her in her husband's lap, telling their father they have a present for him, and the senior Baileys hug and otherwise display the kind of comfortable affection any couple would want to have after so long together.
* Mary and the children are watching George flip out in ways that terrify them. But when they recover their ability to speak, their first thought is, "We'd better pray for Daddy right away, so he'll feel better." Heartwarming for this troper.
* It's very easy to miss at first, but Mister Gower manages to come back from his drunken despair and becomes a much better man and a dear friend to George. It's a stark contrast to both how he was in the start of the movie and in the Pottersville reality.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrmUipa1kc4 The entire ending.]]

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* The denouement when George Bailey finally realizes that he has gained far more than he lost for staying in Bedford Falls, especially when seemingly the entire town comes to help him after Mr. Potter claimed that they would hate him for losing their money.
* When George is on the bridge crying out, "I want to live again," pay attention to what happens. He's calling out to Clarence, his guardian angel, and nothing happens. Then he breaks down and whimpers, "Please, God, let me live again"... and immediately the wind dies down and it starts to snow, showing that his prayers have indeed been answered and things have finally changed back to the way they're supposed to be.
**
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrmUipa1kc4 The entire ending.]]



** Notice, too, that once George is back in the normal world, his mouth is bleeding again and he's got Zuzu's petals in his pocket... but no mention is made of his bad ear. It's at least a possibility that George was given his hearing back permanently as an extra "Christmas gift" and reward for his renewed faith.



*** Bear in mind; Harry is a football star, a war hero, and in general he came a lot closer to living George's dreams than George himself ever did. George probably considered himself the loser of the two, and, as this line shows, everyone else, including Harry, disagrees.

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*** It's subtle but Harry's near hero worship of George is endearing. Bear in mind; Harry is a football star, a war hero, and in general he came a lot closer to living George's dreams than George himself ever did. George probably considered himself the loser of the two, and, as this line shows, everyone else, including Harry, disagrees.



* George and Mary on the telephone together with Sam. George had been in a cranky mood the whole scene, but slowly realizes during the phone conversation that he does truly love Mary. He makes one last-ditch effort to assert his selfish independence, but it's a lost cause.
--> '''Sam''': Would you tell that guy I'm giving him the chance of a lifetime, do you hear? The chance of a lifetime!\\
'''Mary''': He says it's the chance of a lifetime.\\
'''George''': ''(clutching Mary)'' Now you listen to me. I don't want any plastics, and I don't want any ground floors. And I don't want to get married, ever, to anyone. You understand that? I want to do what ''I'' want to do. And you're... and you're... Oh, Mary, Mary.\\
''(the two kiss passionately)''
* It's subtle but Harry's near hero worship of George is endearing. That's right, the all American football star and Medal of Honor winner looks up to his big brother....if that's not Heartwarming then this troper doesn't know what is.

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* George and Mary on the telephone together with Sam. George had been in a cranky mood the whole scene, but slowly realizes during the phone conversation that he does truly love Mary. He makes one last-ditch effort to assert his selfish independence, but it's a lost cause.
--> '''Sam''': Would you tell that guy I'm giving him the chance of a lifetime, do you hear? The chance of a lifetime!\\
'''Mary''': He says it's the chance of a lifetime.\\
'''George''': ''(clutching Mary)'' Now you listen to me. I don't want any plastics, and I don't want any ground floors. And I don't want to get married, ever, to anyone. You understand that? I want to do what ''I'' want to do. And you're... and you're... Oh, Mary, Mary.\\
''(the two kiss passionately)''
* It's subtle but Harry's near hero worship of George is endearing. That's right, the all American football star and Medal of Honor winner looks up to his big brother....if that's not Heartwarming then this troper doesn't know what is.
12th Jan '18 10:26:51 AM Razor21792
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25th Dec '17 7:08:02 PM QueenOfSpades
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** Even before Mr. Welch punches him, George's friends realize something is wrong and try to help him. Drinking alone on Christmas isn't a good sign- Nick immediately asks if he can call someone or have someone help George home, and Martini insists that George go home to his family to be with them on Christmas.
25th Dec '17 5:06:19 PM rememberthehood1941
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* It's subtle but Harry's near hero worship of George is endearing. That's right, the all American football star and Medal of Honor winner looks up to his big brother....if that's not Heartwarming then this troper doesn't know what is.
24th Dec '16 7:49:33 PM BobSaget9
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-->'''Harry:''' To my big brother George -- the richest man in town.

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-->'''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' To my big brother George -- the richest man in town.
24th Dec '16 7:42:53 PM BobSaget9
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---> Which is a big of a GeniusBonus: Frank Capra the director was a devout Catholic, and including a line like that is a very strong espousal of Catholic doctrine on faith. [[note]]Jesus once said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." [[/note]]

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---> ** Which is a big of a GeniusBonus: Frank Capra the director was a devout Catholic, and including a line like that is a very strong espousal of Catholic doctrine on faith. [[note]]Jesus once said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." [[/note]]
24th Dec '16 2:45:23 PM SolidSnake97
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/its_a_wonderful_life_7.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.]]
10th Dec '16 8:59:45 AM axle-k89
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* Mary as a girl whispering into George's deaf ear: "[[ChildhoodMarriagePromise George Bailey, I'll love you till the day I die]]."
4th Dec '16 9:26:00 AM kquinn0830
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*** Bear in mind; Harry is a football star, a war hero, and in general he came a lot closer to living George's dreams than George himself ever did. George probably considered himself the loser of the two, and, as this line shows, everyone else disagrees.

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*** Bear in mind; Harry is a football star, a war hero, and in general he came a lot closer to living George's dreams than George himself ever did. George probably considered himself the loser of the two, and, as this line shows, everyone else else, including Harry, disagrees.
4th Dec '16 1:47:19 AM CaptEquinox
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** And the distribution of the funds had a follow up moment. Except for the JerkAss who went first demanding his full amount, most of them accepted twenty dollars a piece. And then one lady says "Can I just have $17.50?"

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** And the distribution of the funds had a follow up moment. Except for the JerkAss who went first demanding his full amount, most of them accepted twenty dollars a piece. And then one lady says "Can "Could I just have $17.50?"50?" Ellen Corby came up with that line spontaneously, Stewart's reaction was likewise improvised, and Capra thought it was great and [[ThrowItIn kept it]].



** What makes this even more touching is the setting. The happy couple are in a leaky old house with a record playing, when they had planned to take a deluxe honeymoon out of town. But Mary is happy... because she's with the man she loves.
** In the same scene, you see that Mary isn't the only person helping set up this honeymoon. Ernie and Bert are there, too. And once the record stops playing, Ernie and Bert stand out in the rain, singing through the window, to keep up the mood. It really shows how important George is to everyone, and how far people in the tower are willing to go to help him.

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** What makes this even more touching is the setting. The happy couple are in a leaky old house with a phonograph record playing, playing -- doing double duty as a turnspit for roasting chicken -- when they had planned to take a deluxe honeymoon out of town. But Mary is happy... because she's with the man she loves.
** In the same scene, you see that Mary isn't the only person helping set up this honeymoon. Ernie and Bert are there, too.too, putting up all the tourism board posters showing the exotic places George wants to go. And once the record stops playing, Ernie and Bert stand out in the rain, singing through the window, to keep up the mood. It really shows how important George is to everyone, and how far people in the tower are willing to go to help him.



---> '''George:''' My mouth's bleedin', Bert! MY MOUTH'S BLEED-... Zuzu's petals... Zuzu... THERE THEY ARE! BERT! WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT?!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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---> '''George:''' My mouth's bleedin', Bert! MY MOUTH'S BLEED-... Zuzu's petals... Zuzu... THERE THEY ARE! BERT! WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT?!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!'''''MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!'''''
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