Pennies From Heaven
Pennies From Heaven (1981)

Adapted from Dennis Potter's landmark British TV miniseries and relocated to the United States during the Depression, Pennies from Heaven dramatizes how popular songs both shaped and reflected the thoughts of people living through… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 11, 1981
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A complicated little musical, Pennies from Heaven is a dazzling, tragic spectacle.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Perhaps this was not the project on which to lavish so many MGM millions. The BBC show was an enchanted cottage; this is the Las Vegas Grand Hotel.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Pennies from Heaven is dazzling and disappointing in equal measure.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A bit of filmmaking as film criticism to be respected and admired above and beyond its relationship to the legendary miniseries that it pushed out of print for more than 20 years.

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Variety Staff

Almost as if he were directing Pinter, Herbert Ross has actors speak a line, then wait two beats before delivering the next phrase. Technique smothers such ordinarily lively performers as Martin, Peters and Harper.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie, though, is not easy to respond to. It's chilly without being provocative in any intellectual way.

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TV Guide

Not for everyone, but those who respond to it will find it unforgettable.

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Time Out

Let's face the music and dance, indeed.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

he point is made endlessly, though it's in the film's favor that it's made with seriousness, consideration, and a certain amount of imagination.

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Steve Crum

Underrated, fascinating musical starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Based off of the titular BBC miniseries from several years prior, this American production features Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in the lead roles. The… More
Christopher Brown
The most depressing musical of all time. Easy 5 stars. I wonder if Lars Von Trier saw this?
Pierluigi Puccini
People trying to escape to a fantasy world where songs make up for the harsh reality they live in is a subject I find utterly appealing, even more if there is a… More
Alec Barniskis
As fun as the musical numbers are, there is some very dark drama in this movie. I liked how everyone lip-syncs to the actual songs recorded in the 1930s. Here… More