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A Matter of Life and Death


David Niven, Kim Hunter, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough View All


Emeric Pressburger (Screenplay), Emeric Pressburger (Director), Michael Powell (Screenplay), Michael Powell (Director) View All

Release: Dec. 15th, 1946
Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes
When a young RAF pilot miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake and dispatch an angel to collect him.
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However due to a miscommunication up in heaven, Peter survives bailing out of the plane and quickly strikes up a romance with June who happens to be stationed near where he lands.
mark f
That awesome tour of the universe which begins the film with stunning F/X and a humorous narrator segues perfectly into the intensely-romantic meeting between Peter (David Niven) and June (Kim Hunter) over the radio off the English coast just five days before Germany surrendered during WWII.
Citizen Rules
But my real complaint was the totally daft ending in heaven, with the trial to determine if David Niven gets to remain alive or has to be called to heaven.