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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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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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Selena Chapman: For you, Death has been the enemy, the destroyer, the arch-villain.
Judge Earl Chapman: He's your friend, I suppose? After all that you've... that this family has suffered?
Selena Chapman: No... he's not my friend. But if I couldn't accept his existence by now, my mind would have been in pieces years ago. No, to me he's just a fact like night or clouds or quiet. How could there be anything so terrifying about anything so common, so inevitable? I don't mean that we should just lie back and accept death like another rainy day, but ...
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A Classic Remake of a Classic
24 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has to be my all-time favorite movie. Perhaps it appeals more as a Romance with supernatural undertones. The acting alone is not exceptional, but when you combine the story, actors, set and filming techniques....it's a winner.

I remember seeing it on television in 1971 and then again in the late 90's. It's really a shame that this movie does not get more air play or that it has never been released on VHS or DVD. With the release of "Meet Joe Black," the story line was somewhat resurrected. However, this remake doesn't compare with the 1971 version.

The original black and white version may appeal to some, but I really enjoyed the color version more. In fact, it wasn't until I saw the 1971 made for TV movie that I even heard about the book/play.

The story really makes you wonder, not so much about the romance, but what WOULD really happen if "Death" took a holiday.


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