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Oh, God! (1977)

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When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.

Director:

Carl Reiner

Writers:

Larry Gelbart (screenplay), Avery Corman (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Denver ... Jerry Landers
George Burns ... God
Teri Garr ... Bobbie Landers
Donald Pleasence ... Doctor Harmon
Ralph Bellamy ... Sam Raven
William Daniels ... George Summers
Barnard Hughes ... Judge Baker
Paul Sorvino ... Reverend Willie Williams
Barry Sullivan ... Bishop Reardon
Dinah Shore ... Dinah Shore
Jeff Corey ... Rabbi Silverstone
George Furth ... Briggs
David Ogden Stiers ... Mr. McCarthy
Titos Vandis ... Greek Bishop Markos
Moosie Drier Moosie Drier ... Adam Landers
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Storyline

Married to Bobbie Landers with two pre-teen children, Adam and Becky Lambert, they living in Tarzana, California, mild-mannered Jerry Lambert is a hard working Assistant Manager at a Food World supermarket outlet, he who is always trying to do his best at his job. What is his generally uneventful life takes a turn when he receives a hand delivered note in the mail to attend an interview with God. Believing it a gag from his friend Artie Coogan, Jerry decides to go to the interview based on circumstances which compel him to do so. Based on further circumstances of the interview, Jerry, despite not being a religious person, ultimately does believe that who he meets with, initially only a voice, is indeed God, who eventually does show himself in a physical form to Jerry. God wants Jerry to be his messenger, much like a present day Moses, to pass along to the human race that "he" has provided all the necessary components of a successful existence, and it is up to the human race to do with... Written by Huggo

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It's an almighty laugh! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alguém Lá em Cima Gosta de Mim See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,040,920, 9 October 1977, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,687,243
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Throughout all three movies in the franchise, all of the main characters have something in common. They all have a background in music. John Denver was a famous folk and country singer. Louanne got her start with the starring role in a musical theater production of Annie. Ted Wass also began his career with stage musicals. Even George Burns himself got his start as a street performer and eventually vaudeville. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry comes inside after seeing the religious zealots on his lawn, his wife Bobbie is waiting inside. The initial shots of Bobbie have her pigtails alternating between both being in front of her shoulders and the left one being behind her shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Landers: You don't control our lives?
God: I gave you a world and everything in it. Its all up to you.
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References Dinah! (1974) See more »

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God bless George Burns
19 September 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

This is a really wonderful film that is masterful in every way. George Burns joked that when they offered him this part that no one could have played it because no one was closer to God's age. However, he was nervous about playing it and consulted the greatest actors about how to do it. Let me explain this film, the two leads were one person (John Denver) who was well known as a singer but who had never acted before in his life and another (George) who at almost 80 had only one other acting credit (The Sunshine Boys). However, this unlikely duo made movie magic! It is a truly amazing accomplishment and a joy watching them together. This is a film that is as important today as it was when it came out almost a quarter of a century ago. We all need to realize God's love and his message and no one did a better job of giving that then George did in this wonderful film, especially in the end in the courtroom speech that he gives. This man had spent his life as just a comedian not as an actor, but he deserved another Oscar for his outstanding work in this wonderful film. Carl Reiner deserves kudos for his wonderful directing job and Terri Garr gives a great performance as the understanding wife as does Paul Sorvino as the corrupt evangilist (they picked a safe target). However, the cheers and handshakes belong to George Burns and John Denver alone!!!. They have both left us and we are the poorer for it, but I hope that both of them are having a wonderful time in Heaven!


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