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Dear God (1996)

PG | | Comedy | 1 November 1996 (USA)
When letters written to God start getting results, and replies, people everywhere are amazed. The post office, however, is annoyed.

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Tom Turner is a con man, defrauding people from their money with a variety of two-bit hustles. One night he makes the mistake of attempting to hustle some undercover cops, and finds himself in court faced with the dilemma of either going to jail or getting a real job. Choosing to stay out of jail, he gets a job at the post office working in their Dead Letter Office helping to sort Dead Letters (i.e. mail which, for whatever reason, can't be delivered). Some of the mail he recieves can't be delivered because it's addressed to God, and he accidentally answers (sending them money in the process). This starts the ball rolling as more of his co-workers get in on the idea of helping people by answering "God" mail. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Many people write to God. Somebody is answering.

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Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Cher bon Dieu  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,213,045, 3 November 1996, Wide Release

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$7,061,018, 12 January 1997
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Garry Marshall first met Greg Kinnear when he guested on Later (1994). He was impressed by Kinnear's charisma, but did not know if he was an actor. Kinnear's performance in Sabrina (1995) finally convinced Marshall of his skill as an actor, and he earned his first lead role. See more »

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Tom is shown driving a mid-1980s model Chevy S-10 pickup. In one scene, a shot of him turning his ignition key shows the steering column and interior of a completely different vehicle. See more »

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State Judge: Don't make me get the hot brick.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Written and Performed by Midge Ure
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Nice story but it drowns in it's own sentimentality
4 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Tom Turner is a small time con-man making a living off passengers at train stations etc. When he is caught and sent to trial he is sentenced to jail time or to get a full time job and earn his own money. He gets a job in the dead letter office at the post office where undeliverable letters are sorted by category. When trying to steal valuables to help pay off his gambling debts he accidentally puts them in a envelope in reply to a "Dear God" letter. When the money helps some people to fix problems with their block of flats and improve security his colleagues think he did it on purpose and begin to answer some other "Dear God" letters. However how far can they go without being discovered as the media begin to pick up on the miracles.

This is a very gentle comedy that struggles with being overly sentimental in the second half. The story is quite unlikely but the film is gentle enough that the slight plot is not really a major problem. Nor is it very unlikely - you won't be surprised to learn that every learns important lessons about life at the end. The comedy is also very slight, it has some laugh out loud moments but outside of this it also has an overall funny feel to the film that is quite nice.

Greg Kinnear is not a leading man, but he does a reasonably good job here. Out of his colleagues Metcalf is good and John Seda (of Homicide:LOTS) gives a different performance! The cast is also fleshed out by some nice cameos from Larry Miller and Jack Klugman (better known as Quincy). Elizondo has the best small role as the Post Officer manager who slips quietly away mid-conversation unnoticed.

Overall a gentle comedy that eventually gets bogged down by being too sentimental. It really could have benefited from having a more cynical edge.


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