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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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Warren Leight (written by) and
Ed Kaplan (written by)
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Release Date:
1 November 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Many people write to God. Somebody is answering.
Plot:
When letters written to God start getting results, and replies, people everywhere are amazed. The Post Office however is annoyed. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Starts awfully, then improves measurably See more (35 total) »

Cast

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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)
Ralph Moratz ... Extra (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)

Directed by
Garry Marshall 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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)
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements
Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | South Korea:15 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #34441)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A poster of the Tejano singer Selena can be seen in one scene, which it is hanging near the desk of Jon Seda, who plays Handsome. Jon stars in the movie 1997 movie "Selena" as her husband/lead guitarist, Chris Perez.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Tom Turner:See, the haves help the have-nots, and I hate to disappoint you, but we're the have-nots.See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Starts awfully, then improves measurably, 27 January 2000
Author: Vance-11 from New York

"Dear God" is the rare example of a movie that starts abysmally but slowly gains its stride. Most films these days are the opposite. They grab you right off, then run out of steam. To be fair, "Dear God" never fully grabs you or has much steam. But it gets to the point where it becomes worth watching, eliciting several pleased chuckles, while still falling far short of out-and-out funny.

Greg Kinnear plays a two-bit hustler whose honest face and convincing stories allow him to con working joes out of their money. He has a gambling debt to repay to Junior, an overweight thug who teaches him a lesson or two about horses and stables at a disastrous visit to the track. Kinnear's Tom Turner is arrested while trying to scam two undercover cops disguised as foreign sight-seers, and in a ridiculous plot convenience, is sentenced to find a paying job for one year. Most criminals should be so lucky. But of course, Turner has that honest face.

Anyway, he ends up at the post office, where he's assigned to a dead letter office filled with whacko postal cast-offs, played with sufficient nuttiness by Laurie Metcalf, Jon Seda and Tim Conway, among others. Conway's character once memorized the entire layout of the city of L.A., but was demoted when he lost it and bit a dog. Metcalf plays a former lawyer who needed a "less stressful" job. You get the idea.

Through a series of accidents, this motley crew begins answering letters to God, and, through their limited means, they begin making minor miracles happen throughout L.A. The press picks up on it, which draws the attention of the U.S. Postmaster General (played with his usual rabid energy by the director, Garry Marshall), and brings heat on the do-gooder crew, whose activities are technically illegal. (Opening the mail is a federal offense). Meanwhile, Kinnear's Turner remains on the run from the gangsters and tries to woo a single mother played by the adorable Maria Pitillo, whose character has no function in this film other than as a weak romantic interest.

Extraordinarily lame-brained from the get-go, "Dear God" actually gets on course, as the relative uniqueness of its storyline manifests itself in some sweet, quiet moments, and as the ensemble group of veteran actors really begins to relish their roles. Metcalf is always funny, although she's a little over the top here, and Kinnear is notable for his ability to play a likeable everyman. Conway has a very-funny apology scene with a dog and is otherwise likeable in his eccentricity.

The movie ultimately only reaches the level of so-so -- but I guess the fact that I felt compelled to write about it means that it made some impact on me, and that I can marginally recommend it. 5 out 10.

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