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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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Garry Marshall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... Tom Turner
Laurie Metcalf ... Rebecca Frazen
Maria Pitillo ... Gloria McKinney
Tim Conway ... Herman Dooly
Hector Elizondo ... Vladek Vidov
Jon Seda ... Handsome
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Idris Abraham
Anna Maria Horsford ... Lucille Barnett
Kathleen Marshall ... Whispering Wendy
Isadora O'Boto ... Hot Mary
Felix Pire ... Ramon (as Felix A. Pire)
Donal Logue ... Webster
Sam McMurray ... Federal Prosecutor
Nancy Marchand ... Judge Kits Van Heynigan
Larry Miller ... State Judge
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Storyline

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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What began as a request has become a miracle. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cher bon Dieu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Rysher Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Midge Ure's smash-hit tune of the same title was used in this movie's trailer, ironically, said song is never heard in the film itself. See more »

Goofs

The envelope that Tom puts the $5,000 dollars in moves around. He first puts it into his pocket, then you see it in his breast pocket, then it disappears. See more »

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Bodacious TV Anchor: ...this may be the first time that a serial killer has used poison cereal to kill his victims...
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Connections

References The Fugitive (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

U Go Girl
by Robert Gordon and Isiah Pinkney
Performed by 12 Gauge
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Delightful comedy -- a fresh breeze to typical violent, sarcastic Hollywood movie making
19 April 2003 | by bhcpcSee 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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