Pennies From Heaven

Warner Bros.   (1981) / Region 1
Pennies From Heaven

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"Extraordinary. There's Something New Going On - Something Thrilling." - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

"I want to live in a world where the songs come true," Arthur Parker says. In that world, bank tellers would eagerly hand out sacks of Depression-era dough to him, every cloud would have a silver lining and Arthur's loveless marriage to Joan would give way to boop-boop-a-doop bliss with passionate Eileen.

Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters and Jessica Harper form the triangle of this razzle-dazzler in which lip-synched 1930s songs contrast with characters' lives. Herbert Ross directs Dennis Potter's movie adaptation of his landmark TV miniseries, filming on sets that recreate Depression-era artwork and bringing a savvy touch to vibrant musical numbers. See Christopher Walken strip to Let's Misbehave. Fall under the spell of a Martin/Peters homage to Astaire and Rogers. Every penny is on the screen. And each looks like a million.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 31 2004
  • Production Year 1981
  • Empire SKU 601907
  • UPC Code 012569592421
  • Studio  Warner Bros.
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English, French and Spanish


Scene-Specific Commentary by Film Critic Peter Rainer

Pennies from Heaven: 20th-Anniverary Cast and Crew Reunion

Theatrical Trailer


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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