In Oh, God!, director Carl Reiner and screenwriter Larry Gelbart avoid one-note redundancy by trading broad laughs for warm-hearted sentimentality. The movie's surprising charm owes a lot to the understated comic timing and charisma of vaudeville legend George Burns in the title role. Burns had removed himself from the public eye after his partner/wife Gracie Allen's retirement in 1958; he reappeared in 1975's successful The Sunshine Boys, for which he won an Oscar. Oh, God! continued his comeback streak. In his first movie role, singer John Denver had a natural, unforced presence that drew positive notices, but he would never again star in a major motion picture. Gelbart had worked with Reiner on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, and he would go on to write the screenplay for Tootsie. Despite its potentially controversial nature, Oh, God! was a significant hit, and would spawn two mediocre sequels.
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Supermarket clerks, be on alert, God may have a mission for you, as he does for a grocery store manager played by the late John Denver. Oh God!, one of comic legend George Burns' last films is available on DVD. The film is offered in its original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio, and the audio is English, Dolby Digital, Mono. There is an interesting commentary track with director Carl Reiner, writer Larry Gelbart, producer Jerry Weintraub, and star Teri Garr.
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|Source:||Warner Home Video|
|Sound:||[Dolby Digital Mono]|