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Pennies from Heaven (1981)

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During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher.

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Mr. Warner
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The Detective
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The Banker
Robert Fitch ...
Al
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Ed
Eliska Krupka ...
The Blind Girl
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The Bartender (as Frank McCarthy)
Raleigh Bond ...
Mr. Barrett
Gloria LeRoy ...
A Prostitute (as Gloria Leroy)
Nancy Parsons ...
The Old Whore
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Storyline

In Chicago during the 1930s depression, sheet music salesman Arthur Parker is trying to sell his products, but it's not easy to convince unwilling music store owners to buy them. Although he's already married to the somewhat drab Joan, when he meets school teacher Eileen in a music store, he falls in love with her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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There's a world on both sides of the rainbow where songs come true and every time it rains, it rains...

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

1 January 1982 (USA)  »

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Dinheiro do Céu  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,600,000 (USA)
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("Follow the Fleet" dream sequence)| (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "pennies" that are seen raining down from heaven were penny sized sequins. After filming, they blew out the stage door, and could be found in the corners in the streets at MGM studios for almost a year. See more »

Goofs

While the film is set in 1934, the characters watch Follow the Fleet in a movie theater - that film was released in 1936. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Arthur Parker: Joan... Joanie? Sugar? C'mon, Joan... sugar... wake up, baby.
Joan Parker: No, Arthur, don't.
Arthur Parker: Oh, baby... come on, sugar.
Joan Parker: No, it's too early, Arthur.
Arthur Parker: Oh, Joan.
Joan Parker: Arthur, there isn't time.
Arthur Parker: Oh, there's always time for this. Joan, come on.
Joan Parker: Stop it, Arthur! No, don't!
Joan Parker: [getting out of bed] No... I said no!
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References Umberto D. (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Yes, Yes!
(1931)
Written by Con Conrad (uncredited) and Cliff Friend (uncredited)
Performed by Sam Browne and Carlyle Cousins (as The Carlyle Cousins)
Courtesy of EMI Records
Mimed and Danced onscreen by Steve Martin (uncredited) and Jay Garner (uncredited)
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The more I see it
12 November 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

the more I am amazed. It is the film that Chicago could have been were it not for its irony. I never saw the BBC original, but fondly remember Potter's "The Singing Detective." I can understand that Hoskin's Cockney optimism would fit Pennies' lead character to a tee, but Martin gives us a hint of the fragility of the song pusher's world, like Willy Loman, out there on a shoeshine, and for Martin, a song.

The film is innovative and definitely not your father's musical, and the songs, done up not in 1981 over-orchestration but in that tinny sound of early vinyl, just blow me away. After I saw it, I went searching for Follow the Fleet just to see 'Face the Music' in reel time.

This film will not be everyone's cup of tea. It is one of those movies that I say works best when you begin with "Once upon a time."


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