Pennies from Heaven

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Scripted by the always inventive Dennis Potter, the 1978 made-for-television production of Pennies From Heaven arrives on DVD with this three-disc set from BBC Home Video. The show is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Piers Haggard and producer Kenith Trodd. This is a first-class presentation.
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Scripted by the always inventive Dennis Potter, the 1978 made-for-television production of Pennies From Heaven arrives on DVD with this three-disc set from BBC Home Video. The show is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Piers Haggard and producer Kenith Trodd. This is a first-class presentation.
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Special Features

Commentary by producer Kenith Trodd and director Piers Haggard
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Perhaps more widely known Stateside as a 1981 film starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, Dennis Potter's bittersweet yarn set during the Great Depression was best staged as this eight-hour miniseries broadcast by the BBC in 1978. It made a star of Bob Hoskins, perfectly cast as Arthur Parker, an unsuccessful sheet-music salesman who blots out his dreary life with imaginative daydreams that take the form of lavish production numbers using the lyrics of his favorite songs. Arthur isn't happy at home -- his marriage to Joan Gemma Craven is a union in name only -- so he's ripe for an affair. His subsequent liaison with shy schoolteacher Eileen Everson Cheryl Campbell therefore assumes prominence in his musical musings. Veteran TV director Piers Haggard didn't have the financial resources available to Herbert Ross, the director of the Hollywood film adaptation, but he managed to replicate the drab Depression era with astonishing success; there's a doom-laden mood to the story's "real" portions that makes the fanciful production numbers even more effective in contrast. Considered a real breakthrough upon its initial broadcast, Pennies from Heaven is just as riveting today as it was a generation ago.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • UPC: 794051196323
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Time: 8:37:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hoskins Arthur Parker
Gemma Craven
Kenneth Colley
Hywel Bennett
Technical Credits
Piers Haggard Director
Dennis Potter Screenwriter
Kenith Trodd Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. The Sweetest Thing [6:02]
2. Without That Certain Thing [10:40]
3. Dreaming a Dream [12:46]
4. You Couldn't Be Cuter [14:32]
5. Yes, Yes, My Baby Said Yes, Yes [11:08]
6. Just Let Me Look at You [8:57]
7. Halitosis and Lies [6:39]
8. Credits [1:12]
1. Down Sunnyside Lane [9:02]
2. Roll Along Prairie Moon [12:13]
3. Blue Moon [8:01]
4. Pennies From Heaven [10:49]
5. Zing Went the Strings of My Heart [14:30]
6. You Rascal You [7:44]
7. Paradise [13:52]
8. Credits [1:24]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Easy Come, Easy Go [15:39]
2. A Shadow [5:17]
3. Love Is Good for Anything That Ails You [11:19]
4. Oh You Nasty Man [18:17]
5. September Apples [18:02]
6. Radio Times [10:44]
7. London [5:58]
8. Credits [1:42]
1. Better Think Twice [10:17]
2. Tom [5:26]
3. Love Affair [13:00]
4. Rip Tide [10:54]
5. No Rubbish [11:39]
6. Fancy Our Meeting [11:30]
7. Ok Toots [11:40]
8. Credits [2:37]
Side #3 -- Disc 3
1. Painting the Clouds [7:57]
2. Serenade in the Night [6:21]
3. I've Found the Right Girl [13:54]
4. On the Other Side of the Hill [12:02]
5. Anything Goes [6:42]
6. Damnation [13:58]
7. Fine World [17:02]
8. Credits [2:41]
1. Says My Heart [8:46]
2. In the Middle of a Kiss [10:25]
3. Paradise for Two [12:12]
4. Victoria Cross [15:12]
5. Whistling in the Dark [17:57]
6. Verdict [13:21]
7. The Melody Lingers On [4:31]
8. Credits [1:48]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
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   Scene Selection
      The Sweetest Thing
      Down Sunnyside Lane
   Episode Selection
      Down Sunnyside Lane
      The Sweetest Thing
   Set Up
      Subtitles: English - On
      Subtitles: English - Off
      Commentary for "Down Sunnyside Lane" - On
      Commentary for "Down Sunnyside Lane" - Off
Side #2 -- Disc 2
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   Scene Selection
      Easy Come, Easy Go
      Better Think Twice
   Episode Selection
      Easy Come, Easy Go
      Better Think Twice
   Set Up
      Subtitles: English - On
      Subtitles: English - Off
Side #3 -- Disc 3
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   Scene Selection
      Painting the Clouds
      Says My Heart
   Episode Selection
      Painting the Clouds
      Says My Heart
   Set Up
      Subtitles: English - On
      Subtitles: English - Off
      Commentary for "Says My Heart": On
      Commentary for "Says My Heart": Off
   Photo Gallery
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