Dear God (1996)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  1 November 1996 (USA)
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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 <>

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Many people write to God. Somebody is answering.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cher bon Dieu  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,213,045 (USA) (1 November 1996)


$7,061,018 (USA) (10 January 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is Greg Kinnear's first leading man role. He previously co-starred with Harrison Ford in the remake of Sabrina (1995) a year prior to this film in a supporting role. See more »


Tom's can of drink changes from a Pepsi to a Diet Pepsi. See more »


Bodacious TV Anchor: ...this may be the first time that a serial killer has used poison cereal to kill his victims...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Phil Hartman/Gin Blossoms (1996) See more »

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Delightful comedy -- a fresh breeze to typical violent, sarcastic Hollywood movie making
19 April 2003 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

"Dear God" is a movie the whole family can enjoy. Despite a predictable plot and an ending anyone can spot a mile away, the overall ensemble acting and dialogue are surprisingly fresh and sometimes poignant. The conversion of Tom from a conniving con who thought of every angle to profit himself to a do-gooder is gradual and quite convincing, avoiding a common pitfall of many feel-good movies. Jaded cynics may sneer at the religious tone, but it is actually not about any religion but about the uplifting experience one can gain by helping each other.

The cast of Kinnear, Metcalf, Pitillo mixed with old pros like Conway, Elizondo and Browne really deliver. Conway is especially enjoyable, a scene stealer up to his old tricks, and Metcalf is deliriously wacky. A special mention goes to the director, Gary Marshall, using subtle yet funny touch to parody the American media and court system. Overall, this movie is very delightful for everyone who is not a total cynic. Rating: 8/10.

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