Frank Capra's Christmas classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, once again returns to the AFI Silver screen, along with two other Yuletide favorites: the endlessly rewatchable A CHRISTMAS STORY and THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL, starring the wonderful Michael Caine as Scrooge!
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THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL
The Muppets' version of the Charles Dickens classic ranks among the best. The always game Michael Caine gives it his all as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife, Emily, and Kermit's nephew Robin as Tiny Tim, plus regulars Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo Rat and some truly awesome creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop for the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
DIR/PROD Brian Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, based on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens; PROD Martin G. Baker. US, 1992, color, 85 min. RATED G
Fri, Dec 17, 5:00; Sat, Dec 18, 3:10; Sun, Dec 19, 3:10; Mon, Dec 20, 4:30; Tue, Dec 21, 7:10; Wed, Dec 22, 4:30; Thu, Dec 23, 7:10; Fri, Dec 24, 4:30--just addded!
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
#1 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers
#20 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
Guardian angel Clarence Oddbody saves George Bailey (James Stewart) from a Christmas Eve suicide by showing him how dismal life would have been in the small town of Bedford Falls for his family and friends had he never been born. With Donna Reed as George's adoring wife, Henry Travers as the angel hoping to get his wings and Lionel Barrymore as the villainous Mr. Potter. The all-time Christmas classic may be Frank Capra's finest work. "The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience." -- Chicago Reader
DIR/SCR/PROD Frank Capra; SCR Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Jo Swerling, Philip Van Doren Stern, Michael Wilson. US, 1946, b&w, 130 min. NOT RATED
Fri, Dec 17, 7:00; Sat, Dec 18, 5:00, 7:45; Sun, Dec 19, 7:00; Mon, Dec 20, 6:30, 9:05; Tue, Dec 21, 4:30, 9:05; Wed, Dec 22, 6:30, 9:05; Thu, Dec 23, 4:30, 9:05; Fri, Dec 24, 6:30, 9:05--just added!
A CHRISTMAS STORY
All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but the only response he gets from his mother is, "You'll shoot your eye out." For those who've experienced this film, it's hard to imagine that phrase without hearing the voice of Jean Shepherd, the narrator and writer of this classic Christmas tale. No matter how many times audiences see it, they keep coming back for the brilliant comedic turns by Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin.
DIR/PROD Bob Clark; SCR Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, Bob Clark, based on the novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd; PROD René Dupont. US/Canada, 1983, color, 94 min. RATED PG
Fri, Dec 17, 9:45; Sat, Dec 18, 10:30; Sun, Dec 19, 5:00, 9:45