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Dear God -- When letters written to God start getting results, and replies, people everywhere are amazed. The Post Office however is annoyed.


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Writers (WGA):
Warren Leight (written by) and
Ed Kaplan (written by)
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Release Date:
1 November 1996 (USA) See more »
Many people write to God. Somebody is answering.
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Greg Kinnear ... Tom Turner

Laurie Metcalf ... Rebecca Frazen

Maria Pitillo ... Gloria McKinney

Tim Conway ... Herman Dooly

Hector Elizondo ... Vladek Vidov

Jon Seda ... Handsome

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Idris Abraham

Anna Maria Horsford ... Lucille Barnett

Kathleen Marshall ... Whispering Wendy
Isadora O'Boto ... Hot Mary

Felix Pire ... Ramon (as Felix A. Pire)

Donal Logue ... Webster

Sam McMurray ... Federal Prosecutor

Nancy Marchand ... Judge Kits Van Heynigan

Larry Miller ... State Judge

Rue McClanahan ... Mom Turner
Jack Sheldon ... Homeless Trumpeter

Coolio ... Gerard

Toby Huss ... Doubting Thomas Minister

Stephanie Niznik ... Emanda Maine

John Pinette ... Junior

Seth Mumy ... Joey McKinney

Greg Lewis ... Greek Bailiff
Sunny Hawks ... Greek Daughter

Timi Prulhiere ... Southern Tourist

Valerie Wildman ... Southern Tourist
Jennifer Perkins ... Information Booth Clerk

Rick Hill ... Parade Father

Barbara Marshall ... Sister Charlotte

Jane Morris ... Sarah Alcott

Tom Hines ... Theo
Jeff Michalski ... Otis

Shannon Wilcox ... Madame Zeus
Joshua Iscovich ... Josh, Joey's Friend

Jill Lover ... Regular Customer
Sheron Bellio ... Regular Customer
Leigh Molloy ... Regular Customer

Timothy Stack ... Cousin Guy, the Postal Cop
William Wolff ... Doug Diamond
Sarina Ranftl ... Postal Window Clerk (as Sarina L. Ranftl)
Monica Campbell ... Postal Window Clerk
Sam Lima ... Postal Customer
Ellery King ... Postal Customer
Diane Frazen ... Postal Customer
Jennifer Peterson ... Postal Signer
Joy Rosenthal ... Rich Postal Customer
Adrienne Wilde ... Postal Cashier
Bud Markowitz ... Juggling Biker

Bonnie Aarons ... Prophet Woman

Steve Tisch ... Neighbor with Dog
Mariana Morgan ... Neighbor with Dog

Jack Klugman ... Jemi
Marvin Braverman ... Petting Zoo Man

Ellen Cleghorne ... Marguerite

Curtis Williams ... Marguerite's Son
Deborah Benson-Wald ... Juanita, Mother

Odette Annable ... Angela, Daughter (as Odette Yustman)

Marcus Toji ... Petting Zoo Kid
Yvonne Pollack ... Normandie Arms Tenant
Mona Lyden ... Crystal Fricker
Betty Carvalho ... Maid
Hope Alexander-Willis ... Female Minister
Mel Novak ... Sidewalk Minister
Dom Magwili ... Teacher
Don Feldstein ... Charlie at Bowl
Harvey Keenan ... Homeless Man
A. Kent Braverman ... Salvation Army Guy
Lori Sigrist ... Adult Twin Nurse
Terri Sigrist ... Adult Twin Nurse
Patrick Richwood ... Federal Clerk

Jim Meskimen ... State D.A.
Israel Juarbe ... Ernesto on Scaffold
Martin Garbus ... Assistant Prosecutor
Allan Kent ... Court Officer
Duane Matthews ... Court Officer
Carol Williard ... Court Photographer

Sean O'Bryan ... Undercover Cop
Joanna Heimbold ... Undercover Cop
Rebecca Holmberg ... Undercover Cop

Renee Albert ... Camerawoman

Robert Malina ... News Video Cameraman

Jeris Poindexter ... Local Newscaster (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
Barbara Beck ... Bodacious TV Anchor

Joyce Brothers ... Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)

Erin Moran ... Herself

Elinor Donahue ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tony Danza ... Himself (uncredited)
Christopher Darden ... Himself (uncredited)

David Hasselhoff ... Himself (uncredited)
Johnny Luckett ... Court officer (uncredited)

Garry Marshall ... Preston Sweeney, Postmaster (uncredited)
Troy Martin ... Trial Lawyer (uncredited)

Cassandra Peterson ... Herself (uncredited)
Dayna Price ... Girl's at Golf Course (uncredited)

Michael Rader ... Postal Customer (uncredited)
Phil Redrow ... Postal Police (uncredited)

John-Clay Scott ... Santa Claus (uncredited)
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Directed by
Garry Marshall 
Writing credits
Warren Leight (written by) and
Ed Kaplan (written by)

Produced by
Mario Iscovich .... executive producer
Kearie Peak .... co-producer
Angel Pine .... associate producer
Ellen H. Schwartz .... co-producer
Karen Stirgwolt .... associate producer
Steve Tisch .... producer
Original Music by
James Patrick Dunne 
Jeremy Lubbock 
Cinematography by
Charles Minsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Debra Neil-Fisher 
Casting by
Carrie Frazier 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
Gregory Bolton 
Set Decoration by
Garrett Lewis 
Costume Design by
Deborah Hopper 
Makeup Department
Carol A. O'Connell .... head hair stylist
Elaina P. Schulman .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nancy King .... first assistant director: second unit
Scott Marshall .... second unit director
Ellen H. Schwartz .... assistant director
Cynthi Stefenoni .... assistant director
David H. Venghaus Jr. .... second assistant director
Susan Walter .... assistant director
Art Department
Dawn Ascher-Trevino .... art department coordinator (as Dawn Ascher)
Brian Bilson .... assistant property master
David B. Brenner .... construction coordinator
Mike Cunningham .... assistant property master
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dresser
Richard Bryan Douglas .... carpenter
Scott Garrett .... draper
Scott Garrett .... set dresser
Martin J. Gibbons .... welding foreman
Robert Hale .... head paint foreman
Gary Isbell .... leadman
Sean Langdon .... set dresser
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... set designer
Hugo Santiago .... set designer
Tim Scheu .... set dresser
Patrick R. Siembieda .... construction auditor
Michael Allen .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jay Koiwai .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Linda Di Franco .... foley editor
Joe Dorn .... adr editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Tom Fox .... utility sound
Scott G.G. Haller .... sound editor
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr editor
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor
Anthony Milch .... dialogue editor
Carin Rogers .... dialogue editor
Carin Rogers .... dialogue supervisor
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
James E. Webb .... sound
Rick Winquest .... sound engineer
Chet Leonard .... utility sound (uncredited)
Mickey Cassidy .... stunt performer
Lisa Hoyle .... stunts
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Kenny Searle .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul C. Babin .... camera operator
Tom Connole .... camera operator: second unit
Maurizio Dotto .... assistant camera
Tammy Fouts .... second assistant camera
Scott Graves .... rigging gaffer
Jeff Kunkel .... dolly grip
Richard Stevens .... daily first assistant camera
Rick Tiedeman .... additional Steadicam operator
Brian Tilden .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynda Foote .... costumer
Michelle Roth .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Karen Broderick .... first assistant editor
David S. Clark .... assistant editor
Patrick J. Don Vito .... assistant editor: avid
Jim Passon .... color timer
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Music Department
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
John Kurlander .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John 'J.P.' Pratt .... transportation captain
Other crew
Sue Chipperton .... animal trainer
Steve Cowie .... set production assistant
Leon Dewayne Cozy .... set production assistant
Jeanie Daniels .... payroll accountant
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor
Don Feldstein .... photo double
Don Feldstein .... stand-in
Stuart Fink .... unit publicist
Heather Hall .... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Crystal Hawkins .... production accountant
Sandy Hundley .... set production assistant
Petra Jorgensen .... script supervisor: second unit
Jeff Lane .... production assistant
Alecia LaRue .... production coordinator
Robert Malina .... assistant to director
Helen Medrano .... first assistant accountant (as Helen Ruiz)
Larry Pearson .... location manager
Robert Sharman .... video coordinator
Bill Tyler .... set production assistant
Judd Nissen .... production secretary: preparation only (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | South Korea:15 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #34441)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Tom's can of drink changes from a Pepsi to a Diet Pepsi.See more »
State Judge:Don't make me get the hot brick.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Selena (1997)See more »


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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Nice story but it drowns in it's own sentimentality, 4 January 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

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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