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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)
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, living in Tarzana, California. Mild-mannered Jerry Landers is a hard working Assistant Manager at a Food World supermarket outlet. He's always trying to do his best at his job. But 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 those components as ... Written by Huggo

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Anybody who could turn Lot's wife into a pillar of salt, incinerate Sodom and Gomorrah and make it rain for forty days and forty nights has got to be a fun guy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$41,687,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a way, The EXORCIST can be seen as the flip side of OH GOOD BOOK TWO. The Exorcist is a movie about a little girl overtaken by the Devil, or a demon, with the purpose to spread the word that Satan is gaining power, will be destroying the world soon, and to make people despair, etc. In Oh Good Book Two the little girl is overtaken by the presence of God to spread his message of hope, to inspire people. In Oh God Book Two George Burns even says to the girl, Tracie, (Played by LuANNE), "I don't like to mess with kids. There are so many movies about kids going through so much trouble, having so much stuff happen to them... Terrible things. I figure kids have enough to worry about. I don't need to mess with them to spread my word." This is a direct reference to how the demon terrorizes Linda Blair in The Exorcist, and how the Oh God movies are a response to that, in a sense. See more »

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Location of shaving cream while shaving. See more »

Quotes

George Summers: What is this seein' God crap all about?
Jerry Landers: Well, it's not crap, Mr. Summers. I've seen him.
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Referenced in 18 Again! (1988) See more »

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A nice, funny, underrated little movie.
26 September 2004 | by Chromium_5See all my reviews

"Oh, God!" is similar in many ways to "Bruce Almighty," but for some reason the former has gotten little attention over the years while the latter was a hit. While "Bruce Almighty" has some funny moments, I think this one is far superior.

First of all, George Burns is amazing. Morgan Freeman's God in "Bruce Almighty" had a slightly ominous, don't-cross-me nature, but Burns' is a God you can completely trust. He is caring and optimistic, and wants the world to get better. He doesn't throw Jerry into a situation he can't handle; he is there for him the whole time. Plus he is just a really fun guy to be around. Who wouldn't want to believe in a God like that?

John Denver also does a great job. It is hard to believe he had no acting experience before this, because he is top-notch. He is a kind, honest guy, not a selfish jerk like Jim Carrey's Bruce Almighty. He is nervous about delivering God's message to the world, but perfectly willing to do it.

Unlike that other God movie, this one delivers a good message without getting annoyingly preachy, it is consistently funny from start to finish, it has a likable main character, and it features a God who is a friend, not an opponent. I think everyone could enjoy watching this, whether they are religious or not.

Oh, and on a completely irrelevant note, I think Carl Reiner's cameo (doing an impression of the portrait of Dorian Grey) is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. That scene alone is reason enough to watch this movie.

8/10 stars.


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