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Death Takes a Holiday (1971)

Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

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Robert Butler

Writers:

Alberto Casella (play), Walter Ferris (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Yvette Mimieux ... Peggy Chapman
Monte Markham ... David Smith
Myrna Loy ... Selena Chapman
Bert Convy ... John Cummings
Melvyn Douglas ... Judge Earl Chapman
Kerwin Mathews ... Senator Earl Chapman, Jr.
Priscilla Pointer ... Marion Chapman
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... Martin Herndon
Colby Chester ... Tony Chapman
Maureen Reagan Maureen Reagan ... Ellen Chapman
Regis Cordic ... TV Announcer
Mario Machado ... TV Announcer
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Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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John Cummings: I think you're a phony... a very clever gold-digging phony, Mr. Smith. I intend to prove that to Peggy and to Judge Chapman.
David Smith: You'd be well advised to leave well enough alone.
John Cummings: But thing's aren't well enough, are they? There's something wrong about you. I want you out of here, off this island.
David Smith: I'm afraid your wants are the least of my concerns right now.
John Cummings: I'll tell you something, Smith... if I have to beat the truth out of you, I'll do it!
David Smith: Take my advice, Mr. Cummings... don't get involved in ...
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A Classic Remake of a Classic
24 April 2006 | by bek010See all my reviews

This has to be my all-time favorite movie. Perhaps it appeals more as a Romance with supernatural undertones. The acting alone is not exceptional, but when you combine the story, actors, set and filming techniques....it's a winner.

I remember seeing it on television in 1971 and then again in the late 90's. It's really a shame that this movie does not get more air play or that it has never been released on VHS or DVD. With the release of "Meet Joe Black," the story line was somewhat resurrected. However, this remake doesn't compare with the 1971 version.

The original black and white version may appeal to some, but I really enjoyed the color version more. In fact, it wasn't until I saw the 1971 made for TV movie that I even heard about the book/play.

The story really makes you wonder, not so much about the romance, but what WOULD really happen if "Death" took a holiday.


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