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Death Takes a Holiday (1971)

Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

Alberto Casella (play), Walter Ferris (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Yvette Mimieux ... Peggy Chapman
Monte Markham ... David Smith
Myrna Loy ... Selena Chapman
Bert Convy ... John Cummings
Melvyn Douglas ... Judge Earl Chapman
Kerwin Mathews ... Senator Earl Chapman, Jr.
Priscilla Pointer ... Marion Chapman
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... Martin Herndon
Colby Chester ... Tony Chapman
Maureen Reagan Maureen Reagan ... Ellen Chapman
Regis Cordic ... TV Announcer
Mario Machado Mario Machado ... TV Announcer
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Storyline

Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

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love | earth | death | bikini | surrealism | See All (17) »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

John Cummings: You do take too many chances.
Peggy Chapman: Now how many is too many? I mean, you don't know until you take the last one, do you? And then that could be the first time or the hundredth
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Connections

Remake of Death Takes a Holiday (1934) See more »

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I cried and cried, and then I cried some more
8 July 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

What a gorgeous film this is, and how it tugs at the heartstrings. Though quite different in tone from the Frederic March film of the same name, Death Takes a Holiday still tells the same story. Death takes human form and comes to earth to find out, as he puts it, "why people claim so tenaciously to life." Like the angel in "The Bishop's Wife," he falls for a mortal, played by Yvette Mimieux. Of course, while Death is on vacation, so to speak, nobody dies. And that has repercussions for Mimieux's family.

The cast is absolutely superlative - Melvyn Douglas, Yvette Mimieux, Monte Markham, Myrna Loy, and Bert Convy.

If you have a chance to see this film, don't miss it. I remember it so vividly. Make sure you have a box of tissues next to you.


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