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Death Takes a Holiday (1971)

TV Movie  |   |  Fantasy, Drama  |  23 October 1971 (USA)
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Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.



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Cast overview:
Peggy Chapman
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Judge Earl Chapman
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Austin Willis ...
Martin Herndon
Tony Chapman
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Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

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Peggy Chapman: Wonderful! Because at this rate, we'll be here all night.
David Smith: Wait 'til I get to the fifteenth century. That was easily my best ...
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I cried and cried, and then I cried some more
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a gorgeous film this is, and how it tugs at the heartstrings. Though quite different in tone from the Frederic March film of the same name, Death Takes a Holiday still tells the same story. Death takes human form and comes to earth to find out, as he puts it, "why people claim so tenaciously to life." Like the angel in "The Bishop's Wife," he falls for a mortal, played by Yvette Mimieux. Of course, while Death is on vacation, so to speak, nobody dies. And that has repercussions for Mimieux's family.

The cast is absolutely superlative - Melvyn Douglas, Yvette Mimieux, Monte Markham, Myrna Loy, and Bert Convy.

If you have a chance to see this film, don't miss it. I remember it so vividly. Make sure you have a box of tissues next to you.

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