Oh, God!

1977

Oh, God!

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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 God. Donald Pleasence was supposed to have an extended supporting role in the film, but the first cut ran too long, and Pleasence's dialogue was eliminated -- but not Pleasence himself, who retains his prominent billing and is seen doing precisely nothing in several scenes. Netting $30 million on its first run, Oh God was followed by two lesser sequels, both featuring Burns.

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Cast

John Denver
as Jerry Landers
Teri Garr
as Bobbie Landers
Donald Pleasence
as Dr. Harmon
Ralph Bellamy
as Sam Raven
William Daniels
as George Summers
Barnard Hughes
as Judge Baker
Paul Sorvino
as Rev. Willie Williams
Dinah Shore
as Herself
David Ogden Stiers
as Mr. McCarthy
Titos Vandis
as Greek Bishop
Rachel Longacker
as Becky Landers
Carl Reiner
as Interview Guest
Jerry Dunphy
as Newscaster
Mario Machado
as TV Reporter
Connie Sawyer
as Mrs. Green
Jane Lambert
as Mrs. Levin
Kres Mersky
as Check-out Girl
Byron Paul
as TV Engineer
Wonderful Smith
as Court Clerk
Murphy Dunne
as Stenographer
Bob McClurg
as Mechanic
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Critic Reviews for Oh, God!

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

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

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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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 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Warm-hearted '70s comic fantasy has positive messages.

    Feb 2, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 19, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Oh, God!

  • Feb 28, 2017
    You certainly don't need to be a believer to enjoy this charming film; I'm an atheist and always have. John Denver gives a nice performance as the forthright and altruistic groceryman who is called upon by God to deliver His message, and an 81-year-old George Burns is perfect in the role of the Almighty. The film delivers what I think is appropriate criticism of organized religion, distinguishing it from faith, and Paul Sorvino is great (though a little over-the-top) as a southern televangelist. I also liked the Deist position it takes, that God created the world but it's up to mankind to make of it what it will, and that kindness and brotherhood are more important than dogma. The film doesn't try to answer all of the unanswerable questions, but it does take a pretty good crack at a lot of the big ones (Q: 'Why does God allow all the suffering in the world', A: 'I don't permit it, you do. Free will: all the choices are yours.' Q: 'Was Jesus Christ your son?' A: 'Jesus was my son. Buddha was my son. Muhammad, Moses, you, the man who said there was no room at the inn was my son.' Q: 'Which of the world's religions is closest to the divine truth?' A: 'The divine truth is not in a building or a book or a story. Put down the heart is the temple where all truth resides.') This is not a fire and brimstone God, or one bent on vengeance, hell, and eternal agony for sinners and nonbelievers; this is an informal, simple, and gentle God. How refreshing, and how enlightened.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2009
    With as little screen time that George Burns had and the overabundance of John Denver, this was still a pretty likable flick. George Burns really brought a lot of charm and really is one of the few people who could really portray God and make it fun, but not too blasphemous. For the first half of the movie, I really couldn't stand all the whining that John Denver's character was doing, but in the second half he wasn't so bad. Cute little movie and a decent watch. Teri Garr really reminded me of Sarah Michelle Gellar at times. She did a great job as well. Lots of recognizable faces and only two lines from Donald Pleasance. That was a surprise.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2007
    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".
    Lafe F Super Reviewer

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