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Death Takes a Holiday (1971)

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
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Selena Chapman
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John Cummings
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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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David Smith: [Peggy has tried to throw herself off the cliff] Peggy! What were you trying to do?
Peggy Chapman: You know what I was trying to do.
David Smith: Why? Why would you want to?
Peggy Chapman: [she touches his face] I thought you'd look different... but you don't.
David Smith: He told you?
Peggy Chapman: Yes.
David Smith: And now?
Peggy Chapman: I don't know... I was so frightened at first, so many things bouncing around in my head and then... absolute stillness inside. There were no more questions I had to ask.
David Smith: But you still haven't told me why! Why this?
Peggy Chapman: Because I wanted to leave with you.
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A remake as good and as romantic as the original.
4 August 2001 | by (Alta Loma, California) – See all my reviews

This movie is a wonderful, romantic remake of the original of the same name. Monte Markham gives one of his best performances and Yvette Mimieux is both able and breathtakingly beautiful playing the woman with whom Death becomes infatuated.

This movie isn't as dark as the original with Frederic March, but it makes the same bold choice in the ending.

A definite "two thumbs up," "must see."


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