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PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

Director Herbert Ross
Year 1981
Starring Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters and Christopher Walken
Rating R
Run Time 108min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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"I must say that the people who get the movie, in general, have been wise and intelligent; the people who don't get it are ignorant scum." - Steve Martin

There's a world on both sides of the rainbow where songs come true and every time it rains, it rains...

Herbert Ross (Funny Girl, Footloose) reteams Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters up in an attempt to recapture the romantic fireworks they created on that beach in THE JERK. And it works.

The ukulele strums at our heartstrings, and the magic of on-screen chemistry erupts off the screen. Here, Martin makes his first dramatic turn as an unsuccessful sheet music salesman who embarks on a sordid affair with a beautiful school teacher. The twists and turns along the way are far too tragic to spoil, but this dramatic musical is a complicated piece of dazzling spectacle and heart-wrenching drama.

It's a stylized Depression-era piece where the characters escape into their imaginations and use popular songs of the time to express their inner longings for sex, money, and romance.

If the allure of brightly colored, lavish musical sequences accompanied by custom, handcrafted (and delicious) cocktails aren't enough for you, maybe the sight of Christopher Walken as a pimp strip/tap-dancing to "Let's Misbehave" will get you to the theater. (Greg MacLennan)

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