“I know how hard it is in these times to have faith. But maybe if you could have the faith to start with, maybe the times would change. You could change them. Think about it. Try. And try not to hurt each other. There’s been enough of that. It really gets in the way. I’m a God of very few words and Jerry’s already given you mine. However hopeless, helpless, mixed up and scary it all gets, it can work. If you find it hard to believe in me, maybe it would help you to know that I believe in you. ” – God
Number of Times Seen 3-5 times – (cable in the 80’s and 14 Jul 2014)
Brief Synopsis – God appears to a mild mannered grocery manager and asks him to help the world regain faith in the divine.
My Take on it – Sometimes actors are cast in roles which forever define how they will be thought of for years to come.
George Burns’ role as God is one of those.
Up until his role in The Sunshine Boys (1975), he was known as a straight man comedian but following that role he started to take comedic roles on movies that redefined him.
He plays his role of God both in a meaningful and comedic way that makes you laigh but at the same time ponder what he says.
Carl Reiner did an amazing job making this movie properly.
This movie has the distinction of knocking Star Wars (1977) out as the number one movie for one week in October 1977 and then be overtaken by it the following week
Bottom Line – George Burns is perfectly cast as God and delivers some great lines that are both funny and meaningful. Interesting message disguised in a comedic package. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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