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Dear God (1996)

PG | | Comedy | 1 November 1996 (USA)
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When letters written to God start getting results, and replies, people everywhere are amazed. The post office, however, is annoyed.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Turner
... Rebecca Frazen
... Gloria McKinney
... Herman Dooly
... Vladek Vidov
... Handsome
... Idris Abraham
... Lucille Barnett
... Whispering Wendy
... Hot Mary
... Ramon (as Felix A. Pire)
... Webster
... Federal Prosecutor
... Judge Kits Van Heynigan
... State Judge
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Tom Turner is a con man, defrauding people from their money with a variety of two-bit hustles. One night he makes the mistake of attempting to hustle some undercover cops, and finds himself in court faced with the dilemma of either going to jail or getting a real job. Choosing to stay out of jail, he gets a job at the post office working in their Dead Letter Office helping to sort Dead Letters (i.e. mail which, for whatever reason, can't be delivered). Some of the mail he recieves can't be delivered because it's addressed to God, and he accidentally answers (sending them money in the process). This starts the ball rolling as more of his co-workers get in on the idea of helping people by answering "God" mail. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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He's been sentenced to the job from hell, with co-workers from another planet...and with a mission. See more »

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Comedy

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Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Cher bon Dieu  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,213,045, 3 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,061,018, 12 January 1997
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A poster of the Tejano singer Selena can be seen in one scene, which it is hanging near the desk of Jon Seda, who plays Handsome. Jon stars in the movie 1997 movie "Selena" as her husband/lead guitarist, Chris Perez. See more »

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When Tom goes into the water to stop James from committing suicide, he removes his shoes and socks, and after getting out of the water, while talking to James, he suddenly has shoes on. See more »

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Tom Turner: See, the haves help the have-nots, and I hate to disappoint you, but we're the have-nots.
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Referenced in Selena (1997) See more »

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Is It Wrong, Is It Right
by Gareth Young and Treana Morris
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Delightful comedy -- a fresh breeze to typical violent, sarcastic Hollywood movie making
19 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Dear God" is a movie the whole family can enjoy. Despite a predictable plot and an ending anyone can spot a mile away, the overall ensemble acting and dialogue are surprisingly fresh and sometimes poignant. The conversion of Tom from a conniving con who thought of every angle to profit himself to a do-gooder is gradual and quite convincing, avoiding a common pitfall of many feel-good movies. Jaded cynics may sneer at the religious tone, but it is actually not about any religion but about the uplifting experience one can gain by helping each other.

The cast of Kinnear, Metcalf, Pitillo mixed with old pros like Conway, Elizondo and Browne really deliver. Conway is especially enjoyable, a scene stealer up to his old tricks, and Metcalf is deliriously wacky. A special mention goes to the director, Gary Marshall, using subtle yet funny touch to parody the American media and court system. Overall, this movie is very delightful for everyone who is not a total cynic. Rating: 8/10.


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