Pennies from Heaven

Pennies from Heaven

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Overview

Pennies from Heaven

Adapted from Dennis Potter's landmark British TV miniseries and relocated to the United States during the Depression, Pennies from Heaven dramatizes how popular songs both shaped and reflected the thoughts of people living through economic (and emotional) hardship. Arthur Parker (Steve Martin) is a sheet music salesman who believes that he can spot a hit a mile away and wants to open his own store. But he can't get a bank loan and his wife Joan (Jessica Harper), who has savings left to her by her father, refuses to give him the money. Also, while Arthur has a fierce sexual appetite, Joan generally refuses his advances. While on the road, Arthur meets Eileen (Bernadette Peters), a shy schoolteacher as desperate for affection as Arthur is hungry for sex. They begin an affair, which leads to tragedy for both. Punctuating the drama of Pennies from Heaven are elaborate musical numbers in which the characters lip-synch to popular songs of the day, which at once lift their hopes and reflect their fears. Arthur's buoyant tap number to "My Baby Said Yes" and Eileen's saucy rendition of "Love is Good for Anything That Ails You" are reflections of their needs for money and love, and their pas de deux on "Let's Face the Music and Dance" is at once an escape and an acknowledgement of their hopelessness.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2014
UPC: 0888574051709
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 27,433

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Arthur
Bernadette Peters Eileen
Christopher Walken Tom
Jessica Harper Joan
John McMartin Mr. Warner
John Karlen The Detective
Robert Fitch Al
Eliska Krupka The Blind Girl
Richard Butler Actor
Jay Garner Banker
Joseph Medalis Counterman
Conrad Palmisano Actor
Nancy Parsons Old Whore
Bill Richards Actor
Thomas Rall Ed
Vernel Bagneris Accordion man
Frank McCarthy Bartender
Raleigh Bond Mr. Barrett
Gloria Le Roy Prostitute
Shirley Kirks Tart
Jack Fletcher Elevator Operator
Arell Blanton Motorcycle Police
Jim Boeke Hangman
George Wilbur Motorcycle Police
M.C. Gainey Young Policeman
Duke Stroud Counterman
Richard Blum Pool Player
William Frankfather Pool Player
James Mendenhall Warden
Robert Lee Jarvis Policeman
Luke Andreas Customer
Will Hare Father Everson
Joshua Cadman Jumbo
Paul Valentine Bar Patron
John Craig Bar Patron
Alton Ruff Bar Patron
Karla Bush Bank Secretary
Robin Hoff Bank Secretary
Twink Caplan Bank Customer
Wayne Storm Bank Guard
Gene Ross Bank Teller
Greg Finley Bank Teller
Joe E. Ross Bank Teller
Melissa Hayden Actor
Dave Adams Bank Teller
Paul Michael Actor

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director,Producer
Ken Adam Associate Producer,Production Designer
Christopher Burian-Mohr Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Burns Score Composer
Bernard Cutler Art Director
Danny D. Daniels Choreography
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Philip Harrison Production Designer
Martha Johnston Set Decoration/Design
Nora Kaye Producer
Garrett Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Bob Mackie Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Marks Editor
Billy May Score Composer
Rick McCallum Executive Producer
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Potter Original Story,Screenwriter
Glen Robinson Special Effects
L. Andrew Stone Asst. Director
Fred Tuch Art Director
Gordon Willis Cinematographer

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