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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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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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Judge Earl Chapman: [He has realized] 3:45 on Friday... when all death stopped everywhere! When Peggy-...
David Smith: Drowned. When Peggy accidentally drowned.
Judge Earl Chapman: [grabs hold of David's arm] No! Not Peggy! Please!
David Smith: It's done. It happened. 3:45 Friday her body washed up on the beach.
Judge Earl Chapman: But you let her live!
David Smith: I extended her time a little.
Judge Earl Chapman: [pause, then] How long?
David Smith: Tomorrow. When the weekend is over, I'll take her with me.
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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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