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Oh, God! (1977)

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Adapted by Larry Gelbart from the novel by Avery Corman, the film stars John Denver as Jerry Landers, the assistant manager of a grocery store who is chosen by God (George Burns) to spread the Word to the rest of the world. Not surprisingly, Jerry is soon labelled a basket case: even his loving wife Bobbie (Teri Garr) doubts her husband's sanity. But there's enough evidence on Jerry's side for a panel of prominent clerics to demand that the hapless fellow prove in court that he's the agent of

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Larry Gelbart

Jul 9, 2002

Warner Home Video

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The result plays like an over-extended version of the Reiner/Mel Brooks 2000-Year-Old Man sketches.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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An uneasy amalgam or inconsistent attitudes, without enough humor or zaniness to divert attention from its questionable premise.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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Carl Reiner's Oh, God! is a treasure of a movie: A sly, civilized, quietly funny speculation on what might happen if God endeavored to present himself in the flesh yet once again to forgetful Man.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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George Burns seems to be warming up for a good Second City sketch on God's return to earth as a rumpled vaudevillian, but it soon becomes clear that director Carl Reiner isn't kidding -- he really thinks this movie is going to save the world.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Reiner does one of his best directing jobs and never resorts to some of the silliness he's demonstrated in other films. Denver is very affable and could have had a good movie career given the right material.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Burns is the Lord, Denver is a store clerk. Yet it all works, thank God.

August 1, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Comedy gold....Burns at his best!

April 25, 2005
Moviehole

This wonderful comedy salutes human responsibility for making the world a better place and takes justifiable pot-shots at holier-than-thou hotshots.

May 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Somewhere deep down, I think we all hope that God turns out to be like George Burns.

October 3, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Burns is everything we could hope for in a benevolent God--a kindly, reassuring voice; a sympathetic smile; a modest, unassuming manner; everyone's favorite uncle.

July 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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I was struck by just how good Denver was. It's surprising he didn't get more roles based on his debut performance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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A very funny and meaningful film, after laughing you start to think. I really liked this movie, and I highly recommend it, the story is great, and the actors are too.
January 5, 2011
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A classic movie with George Burns as God, and John Denver (bless his soul) as the chosen messenger for God's message. It's an enjoyable little movie. It sort of reminds me as "Miracle on 34th Street".
July 26, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

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A vacuous little feelgood fantasy that sees god visiting Earth in the form of likeable veteran comic George Burns. It's a little inconsequential for adults, but kids will enjoy it.
May 7, 2007
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    1. God: The last miracle I did was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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