Oh, God!

Oh, God!

5.0 3
Director: Carl Reiner

Cast: Carl Reiner, George Burns, John Denver, Teri Garr

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
In Oh, God!, director Carl Reiner and screenwriter Larry Gelbart avoid one-note redundancy by trading broad laughs for warm-hearted sentimentality. The movie's surprising charm owes a lot to the understated comic timing and charisma of vaudeville legend George Burns in the title role. Burns had removed himself from the public eye after his partner/wife Gracie Allen's retirement in 1958; he reappeared in 1975's successful The Sunshine Boys, for which he won an Oscar. Oh, God! continued his comeback streak. In his first movie role, singer John Denver had a natural, unforced presence that drew positive notices, but he would never again star in a major motion picture. Gelbart had worked with Reiner on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, and he would go on to write the screenplay for Tootsie. Despite its potentially controversial nature, Oh, God! was a significant hit, and would spawn two mediocre sequels.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/1993
UPC:
0012569101036
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video

Related Subjects

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Burns God
John Denver Jerry Landers
Teri Garr Bobbie Landers
Donald Pleasence Dr. Harmon
Ralph Bellamy Sam Raven
William Daniels George Summers
Barnard Hughes Judge Baker
Paul Sorvino Rev. Willie Williams
Barry Sullivan Priest
Jeff Corey Rabbi
George Furth Briggs
Titos Vandis Bishop
Carl Reiner Talk Show Guest
Moosie Drier Adam Landers
Dinah Shore Herself
David Ogden Stiers Mr. McCarthy
Jerry Dunphy Newscaster
Mario Machado TV Reporter
Connie Sawyer Mrs. Green
Jane Lambert Mrs. Levin
Kres Mersky Check-out Girl
Byron Paul TV Engineer
Hector Morales Waiter
Wonderful Smith Court Clerk
Murphy Dunne Stenographer
Zane Buzby Girl
Dennis Kort Norman
Bob McClurg Mechanic
John Ashton Actor

Technical Credits
Carl Reiner Director
Wayne Artman Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Birnbaum Asst. Director
Don Cahn Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Elliott Score Composer
Larry Gelbart Screenwriter
Michael J. Harte Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Leo Lotito Makeup
Nancy McArdle Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Molin Editor
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Jack Senter Art Director
Richard Wagner Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Weintraub Producer

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >