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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 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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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
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
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Warm-hearted '70s comic fantasy has positive messages.

Full Review… | February 2, 2016
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | March 19, 2008
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Oh, God!

A interesting idea and movie with some pretty nice religious and hopeful commentary that makes this an ok watch. But this is a comedy and I don't find it funny and John Denver is a better musician than actor. This movie is "meh" at best.

Ryan Koller
Ryan Koller

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

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 Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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