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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Ramon (as Felix A. Pire)


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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One of six films that Larry Miller has appeared in directed by Garry Marshall. The same is the case for Hector Elizondo, who's appeared in virtually all of the film's Marshall has directed as well. See more »


When Tom first reads Marguerite's letter to God, it's says she lives in apartment 2-F at the Normandie Arms. But then when Tom addresses the envelope to Marguerite, he addresses it to apartment 22-F. When Tom arrives at the Normandie Arms to get his money back, Marguerite is speaking to the other renters, she says she lives in 2-A. See more »


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A feel good timewaster worthy of your time
23 June 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Okay, admittedly this is not the best movie ever made. Having said that, there are alot of redeeming qualities to this film that make it worth watching. Greg Kinnear plays a likeable con man who is sentenced to find and keep "real job" for 1 year. He lands one with the postal service in the "Dead Letter" office, working with a bunch of endearing misfits played by Hector Elizondo, Tim Conway and Laurie Metcalf, among others. Kinnears character "Tom" starts to secreatly answer the letters addressed to "God" and without realizing it he begins to care about humanity. By the time the film is over you end up rooting for Tom and just feeling...good. That, in essence is really what this movie is all about. This movie is not meant to make a political, religious or artistic statement, its message is clear - mankind has to take of its own, because "God" works through us and one person CAN make a difference. The soundtrack is better than average featuring an outstanding version of "Dear God" by Midge Ure, which alone is worth renting the movie for. Cynics need not bother, but everyone else sit back, relax and forget your cares for awhile.

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