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Dear God (1996)

PG | | Comedy | 1 November 1996 (USA)
When letters written to God start getting results, and replies, people everywhere are amazed. The post office, however, is annoyed.

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Tom Turner is a con man, defrauding people from their money with a variety of two-bit hustles. One night he makes the mistake of attempting to hustle some undercover cops, and finds himself in court faced with the dilemma of either going to jail or getting a real job. Choosing to stay out of jail, he gets a job at the post office working in their Dead Letter Office helping to sort Dead Letters (i.e. mail which, for whatever reason, can't be delivered). Some of the mail he recieves can't be delivered because it's addressed to God, and he accidentally answers (sending them money in the process). This starts the ball rolling as more of his co-workers get in on the idea of helping people by answering "God" mail. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Many people write to God. Somebody is answering.

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Comedy

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Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Cher bon Dieu  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,213,045 (USA) (3 November 1996)

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$7,061,018 (USA) (12 January 1997)
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Final feature movie of Nancy Marchand. See more »

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When Tom goes into the water to stop James from committing suicide, he removes his shoes and socks, and after getting out of the water, while talking to James, he suddenly has shoes on. See more »

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Bodacious TV Anchor: ...this may be the first time that a serial killer has used poison cereal to kill his victims...
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

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Brandeburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major
by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
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Dear God, thanks for this funny and uplifting movie!
7 April 2005 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Tom (Greg Kinnear) is a petty conman who poses as a burn victim (among other things) to elicit money from innocent bystanders. He has quite a reputation around town so law enforcement goes to some length to catch him in the act. Brought in front of a judge, she decrees that he will get a real job or end up in the pokey. So, a job it is for him. Tom has his eye on a pretty lady named Gloria, anyway, so it might help his image with her, too. Strings are pulled to get him into the postal service's dead letter office. Once there, surrounded by kind and interesting people, he begins to turn his life around. He even reads some of the letters addressed to God and performs random acts of kindness. What could be wrong with that? This movie leaves the viewer with feelings of great joy. Kinnear is a charmer, in every way, and with cast members such as Maria Pitillo, Tim Conway, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Hector Elizondo, he is in great company. The script has a buoyant message to give about helping others, only to receive kindness back in return. How nice the settings and costumes are, too. A love story develops quietly for any viewer who longs for comedies with romance. This film is recommended for individuals or families who need their faith restored in humanity, but who also enjoy laughter and nonsense along the way.


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