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Pennies from Heaven

Cast

Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper, Vernel Bagneris View All


Crew

Herbert Ross (Director), Dennis Potter (Writer) View All

Release: Dec. 11th, 1981
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
A musical set in the great Busby Berkeley style. In Chicago during the depression, sheet music salesman, Arthur Parker, is trying to sell his products, but it's not easy to convince unwilling music store owners to buy them. Although he's already married to the somewhat drab Joan, when he meets school teacher Eileen in a music store, he falls in love with her.
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Reviewed by

Holden Pike
In 1981, Steve Martin took an artistic risk, which might have drastically changed his then-new screen image, and Herbert Ross tried to reinvent the Musical for a new, post-modern sensibility.
Gideon58
Director Herbert Ross (Funny Lady) and choreographer Danny Daniels have effectively channeled Busby Berkley in mounting some of the most elaborate musical numbers mounted for a film musical and it is the stark contrast between these musical numbers and the story that makes this film such an initially unsettling experience.


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