Where To Watch It’s A Wonderful Life – Is It on Netflix or Amazon?

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One of the greatest Christmas movies of all time is the 1946 classic, It's A Wonderful Life.

Filled with a message of hope and positivity, the story of George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) still resonates today with millions of people around the world seeking out the film every Christmas.

If you haven't watched It's A Wonderful Life yet, or you want to watch it again, you might be wondering where you can stream the movie.

You've come to the right place! All of your questions will be answered here.

Where To Stream It's A Wonderful Life

Fans in America can watch It's A Wonderful Life on Amazon Prime Video, Fubo, Roku and Plex. You can also pay to rent it on multiple streaming platforms including Apple TV+.

For fans living outside of the US, It's A Wonderful Life can be streamed through various platforms, which we will list below.

United Kingdom: It's A Wonderful Life is available to stream for free in the U.K. on Channel 4 or on Amazon Prime with a subscription.

Australia: It's A Wonderful Life is available to stream for free on Stan and BeamaFilm with a subscription. You also have free streaming option with Plex.

Canada: It's A Wonderful Life is available to for free if you have a subscription to Plex. The cheapest place to rent it is Cineplex Store or AppleTV+ Play for around CA$4.99.

Spain: ¡Qué bello es vivir! can be streamed on MoviStar+ and Amazon Prime Video in Spain.

Japan: If you live in Japan, you can catch It's A Wonderful Life on Amazon Prime Video.

Brazil: It's A Wonderful Life is available on a few streaming platforms in Brazil including Looke, NetMovies and Oldflix.

Sweden: Swedes have two options to watch It's A Wonderful Life and they are Cineasterna and Sky Showtime.

Is It's A Wonderful Life On Netflix?

Unfortunately, It's A Wonderful Life is not accessible on Netflix.

In almost every country that we have checked, it is available on Amazon Prime in some form. If you don't have an Amazon subscription, you can rent it instead.

What Is It's A Wonderful Life About?

It's Christmas Eve 1945, and in New York, George Bailey contemplates suicide. When the prayers of his family and friends reach Heaven, a guardian angel called Clarence Odbody is assigned to save George in order to earn his wings.

George goes to a nearby bridge, but before he can jump, Clarence saves only for George to wish that he had never been born.

It is then that Clarence shows George a timeline in which he never existed and how his family, friends and the town he loves would have ended up if he wasn't there.

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Where Was It's A Wonderful Life Filmed?

The entire movie was filmed in California, USA. Back in 1945, it was very unusual to have multiple long distance locations with most films being made on studio lots.

That said, there were specific locations used for It's A Wonderful Life including 4587 Viro Road, La Cañada Flintridge, California which was the exterior of Martini's house.

Beverly Hills High School was used for the Charleston dance contest and the RKO Encino Ranch was the outdoor studio set used for Bedford Falls town.

RKO-Pathé Studios was the indoor studio used when Harry Bailey calls George Bailey after returning from World War II.

How Old Were The Cast Making Film?

Two of the biggest questions asked about It's A Wonderful Life are: how old was Jimmy Stewart when he played George Bailey and how old was Donna Reed when she played Mary Hatch?

The answers are that Stewart was 38 years old playing Bailey and Reed was 25 years old when she played Mary Hatch.

When And How Was It's A Wonderful Life Colorised?

Three colorisd versions have been produced with the first released by Hal Roach Studios in 1986.

The second version was produced by the film's permanent owner, Republic Pictures, in 1989.

Both Director Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart were opposed to the colourised editions but eventually the Hal Roach colour version was re-released in 1989 on VHS.

The third version was done on computer and was produced by Legend Films in 2007. You can still get that version on DVD, Blu-ray, and some streaming services.

However, there's something so nostalgic about the original black & white version, that most fans still watch that instead.

Who Plays Who In It's A Wonderful Life?

James Stewart as George Bailey

Donna Reed as Mary Hatch, George's wife

Lionel Barrymore as Henry F. Potter

Thomas Mitchell as Uncle Billy

Henry Travers as Clarence, the Guardian Angel

Beulah Bondi as Mrs. Bailey, George Bailey's mother

Frank Faylen as Ernie Bishop

Ward Bond as Bert

Todd Karns as Harry Bailey

Bobbie Anderson as young George Bailey

Jean Gale as young Mary

Ronnie Ralph as young Sam

The Bailey Children
Carol Coomes as Janie

Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu

Larry Simms as Pete

Jimmy Hawkins as Tommy

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