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Dear God -- Special delivery for comedy fans! Greg Kinnear ( Auto Focus) stars in and Garry Marshall ( Pretty Woman) directs this spirit-lifter about a money-scamming con artist who goes from no-good to doing good.
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.
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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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 ... Juanita, Mother (as Deborah Benson-Wald)

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
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
Eddie Avila .... camera pa
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
John Burns .... craft service
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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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?

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 »
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 »
Bodacious TV Anchor:...this may be the first time that a serial killer has used poison cereal to kill his victims...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Selena (1997)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Delightful, warm-hearted, and inspiring, 12 February 2003
Author: SHAWFAN from United States

The name of Frank Capra was tossed about by some of your reviewers and rightly so. But the one film which I think this one puposely mimics and updates as a sequel but which was never mentioned by your commentators was the equally zany and warm-hearted classic, Miracle on Thirty Fourth Street (late 1940s) with Edmund Gwenn as "Santa Claus." Most likely by deliberate choice the writers of Dear God chose the post office, dead letters, and a climactic final trial scene as pillars of their plot just as in the earlier movie. In 34th Street Santa's defense lawyer calls upon those dead letter postal workers to dump 100s of letters addressed to Santa Claus in front of the presiding judge to prove that by delivering these letters to this particular court room an arm of the US government definitely believes the Gwenn Santa character to be the real Claus, thereby proving him sane and undelusional. "Santa" too, like the gnome-like postal workers in Dear God, had been filling the screen with good deeds and sage advice for the length of the film. And as in Dear God, the audience (at least I was) was most delighted to see Santa and the postal workers triumph over the stuffy laws and regulations which would stand in the way of their making people's lives so much happier by their good deeds. I stand with those of your reviewers who hugged this delightful movie to their respective breasts and defended it against a cynical and humorless flock of detractors. It goes into my all-time favorites list.

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