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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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The Detective
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Robert Fitch ...
Al
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Ed
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The Blind Girl
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Tom
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The Bartender (as Frank McCarthy)
Raleigh Bond ...
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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1 January 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dinheiro do Céu  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$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

Apparently, actors Cheryl Campbell and Bob Hoskins, who starred in the original TV series Pennies from Heaven (1978), were upset that they were not considered for this feature film version. 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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Referenced in Inside 'For Your Eyes Only' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glory of Love
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Billy Hill
Sung by Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, and chorus
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Not exactly your typical Steve Martin/Bernadette Peters vehicle.
18 May 2000 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters star in this musical that is anything buy light in subject matter. The film is set in Depression-era America with Martin as a sheet music salesman who lives day to day through music and dreams. He is married, but takes up Peters as a mistress. The musical numbers are unique in that the actors do not sing, except in the end, for themselves, but merely lip-sync and dance to the music of the 30s. The desperation of the times is apparent everywhere, other than in the fantasy world that the characters create for themselves, which enable them to escape the harsh realities of life. Christopher Walken fans take note. He does a dance of exuberant decadence that should knock most people's socks off due to his surprising ability.


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