- Scene-Specific Commentary from Film Critic Peter Rainer
Pennies From Heaven: 20th-Anniversary Cast & Crew Reunion
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 27, 2004
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 12/09/1981
"...[The] film is a virtuoso piece of studio craftsmanship..."
New York Times - 12/11/1981
"...An eccentric show....[It] will become something of a cause among people who like to go to movies at midnight."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/06/2004
"Christopher Walken's 'Let's Misbehave' tap dance is masterful..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
"I want to live in a world where the songs come true," Arthur Parker says. In that world, bank tellers would eagerly hand out sacks of Depression-era dough to him, every cloud would have a silver lining and Arthur's loveless marriage to Joan would give way to boop-boop-a-doop bliss with passionate Eileen.
Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters and Jessica Harper form the triangle of this razzle-dazzler in which lip-synched 1930s songs contrast with characters' lives. Herbert Ross directs Dennis Potter's movie adaptation of his landmark TV miniseries, filming on sets that recreate Depression-era artwork and bringing a savvy touch to vibrant musical numbers. See Christopher Walken strip to "Let's Misbehave." Fall under the spell of a Martin/Peters homage to Astaire and Rogers. Every penny is on the screen. And each looks like a million.
Dennis Potter's offbeat tale comes to life in this inventive film adaptation. PENNIES FROM HEAVEN is a warm and joltingly bizarre musical fantasy about a drifter who sells sheet music (Steve Martin) and the naive schoolteacher (Bernadette Peters) he seduces. In depression-era Chicago, the lovers sing and dance their way through the bleak city streets. Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters give stunning musical performances.
Herbert Ross's PENNIES FROM HEAVEN is a lavish adaptation of the BBC series of the same name; it's a contemplative avant-garde musical in which drab everyday surroundings magically become movie sets and everyday speech suddenly turns into song. Steve Martin stars as Arthur, who sells sheet music--and the dreams promised in their lyrics--in 1930s depression-era Chicago. He's not always the most pleasant of fellows: He cheats on his wife, lies to his lovers, and seduces an innocent schoolteacher, Eileen (Bernadette Peters). But his spirit still has a sweetness and innocence--the sweetness of the Tin Pan Alley tunes he hawks and the innocence of the fantasy-filled Hollywood musicals he sees. When Arthur and Eileen set out on a series of misadventures, their bleak world turns to song and dance in a series of lavish Busby Berkeley-style musical numbers. The film features stunningly versatile performances by Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters.
Black Comedy |
Essential Cinema |
- Bob Hoskins played Arthur in the BBC version.
- Christopher Walken's striptease number took two months to rehearse.