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Oh, God! ()


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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.

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Jerry Landers
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God
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Bobbie Landers
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Doctor Harmon
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Sam Raven
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George Summers
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Judge Baker
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Reverend Willie Williams
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Bishop Reardon
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Dinah Shore
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Rabbi Silverstone
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Briggs
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Mr. McCarthy
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Greek Bishop Markos
Moosie Drier ...
Adam Landers
Rachel Longaker ...
Becky Landers
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Himself
Mario Machado ...
TV Reporter
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Mrs. Green
Jane Lambert ...
Mrs. Levin
Kres Mersky ...
Check-out Girl
Byron Paul ...
TV Engineer
Hector Morales ...
Room Service Waiter
Wonderful Smith ...
Court Clerk
Murphy Dunne ...
Court Stenographer
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Religious Fanatic
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Girl
Dennis Kort ...
Norman
Bob McClurg ...
Mechanic
Celeste Cartier ...
2nd Check-out Girl
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Dinah's Guest
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Police Officer (uncredited)
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Congregation Member (uncredited)
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Supermarket Employee (uncredited)
Stuart Nisbet ...
Doorman (uncredited)
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Shoplifting Customer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by

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Carl Reiner

Written by

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Larry Gelbart ... (screenplay)
 
Avery Corman ... (based on the novel by)

Produced by

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Jerry Weintraub ... producer

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Jack Elliott

Cinematography by

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Victor J. Kemper

Film Editing by

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Bud Molin

Editorial Department

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Ron Spang ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Dianne Crittenden

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Jack Senter

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Stuart A. Reiss ... (as Stuart Reiss)

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Ruby Ford ... hair stylist
Leo Lotito Jr. ... makeup artist (as Leo Lotito)

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Howard Roessel ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert Birnbaum ... assistant director (as Bob Birnbaum)
Victor Hsu ... second assistant director
David Nicksay ... second assistant director

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Edward Alona ... property master (as Eddie Alona)
William Ladd Skinner ... set designer (uncredited)

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Wayne Artman ... re-recording mixer
Don Cahn ... re-recording mixer
Jim Cook ... re-recording mixer
Richard Wagner ... sound mixer

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Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt double: John Denver

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Ray De La Motte ... camera operator
Richard Hart ... gaffer (as Richard T. Hart)
Carl Manoogian ... key grip
Robert Marta ... assistant camera
Ed Natividad ... assistant camera
Michael J. Schwartz ... electrician

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Michael J. Harte ... wardrobe
Nancy McArdle ... wardrobe

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Eugene Marks ... music editor
Dan Wallin ... score mixer

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Plot Summary

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 they believe fit to reach that success. God came at this time because of his disappointment with the current state of the world. He also chose Jerry as his messenger because of Jerry being a decent person. Jerry tries to convey the message as best as he can, but runs into one roadblock after another. Once Jerry does gain a wider audience, he is treated as a crazy person and/or a fanatic, those opinions which affect his and his family's life. Jerry believes he has no other option but to continue to do this job for God despite these negative effects. It may take him getting a meeting with so-called experts, theologians, before he is taken seriously, or not, as some of those, such as Reverend Willie Williams, God knows is using religion for their own as opposed to societal benefit. Written by Huggo

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Taglines "It's true. People have trouble remembering My Words. Moses had such a bad memory I had to give him tablets." See more »
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Also Known As
  • O mój Boze! (Poland)
  • Luoja lippalakissa (Finland)
  • Åh, Gud (Denmark)
  • О Боже! (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • ¡Dios mío! (Mexico)
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  • 98 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $2,040,920, 09 Oct 1977

Did You Know?

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Trivia Briefly ended Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)'s fifteen-week reign at the number one spot at the box-office in October of 1977, before Star Wars returned to the top spot the following week. See more »
Goofs When God makes it rain in Jerry's car, shots taken from Jerry's left show his hair dry, but shots taken from his right show his hair soaking wet. These shots alternate several times, always with the same inconsistency. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Running/Head Over Heels/Skatetown, U.S.A./The Legacy/Yanks (1979). See more »
Quotes God: "Did Man fall from grace in the Garden of Eden?" I'll tell you something never came out. I made Adam 17. Eve was 15, 16 tops. I figured then 16, 17 was middle age, you know. Who knew people would live so long? Trees I figured had the best chance. Now I realize that they were kids, babies. Young people can't fall from my grace. They're my best things.
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