IT’S AN ALMIGHTY LAUGH!
God is tired of how people ignore His message and appears as an old man (George Burns) to an assistant supermarket manager (John Denver) who becomes a modern Moses. A hit movie written, directed by and starring men who’ve all had great comedy careers – but this is, for better and worse, not a barrel of laughs, but a charming and occasionally thoughtful story about faith in the modern era. Playful, with good dialogue, and nice performances by Burns and Denver, but the filmmakers should have adopted a more daring approach. The court climax is a bit of a letdown.
1977-U.S. 98 min. Color. Directed by Carl Reiner. Screenplay: Larry Gelbart. Novel: Avery Corman. Cast: George Burns (God), John Denver (Jerry Landers), Teri Garr (Bobbie Landers), Paul Sorvino, George Furth, Ralph Bellamy… David Ogden Stiers, Donald Pleasence.
Trivia: Followed by two sequels, starting with Oh, God! Book II (1980).