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Matter of Life and Death (A)

UK, English, 104 mins

Original Title

Stairway to Heaven
  • Director: Michael Powell; Emeric Pressburger
  • Writer: Michael Powell; Emeric Pressburger
  • Producer: George R. Busby; Emeric Pressburger

CGiii Comment

Powell and Pressburger at their inimitable best.

It's a response to the strained relations between the USA & the UK...just after WWII...

Watch it and marvel at the genius that both Powell and Pressburger managed to create.

Easily, one of the best British films ever made.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Returning to England from a bombing run in May 1945, flyer Peter Carter's plane is damaged and his parachute ripped to shreds. He has his crew bail out safely, but figures it is curtains for himself. He gets on the radio, and talks to June, a young American woman working for the USAAF, and they are quite moved by each other's voices. Then he jumps, preferring this to burning up with his plane. He wakes up in the surf. It was his time to die, but there was a mixup in heaven. They couldn't find him in all that fog. By the time his "Conductor" catches up with him 20 hours later, Peter and June have met and fallen in love. This changes everything, and since it happened through no fault of his own, Peter figures that heaven owes him a second chance. Heaven agrees to a trial to decide his fate.

Cast & Characters

David Niven as Peter Carter;
Kim Hunter as June;
Robert Coote as Bob Trubshawe;
Kathleen Byron as An Angel;
Richard Attenborough as An English Pilot;
Bonar Colleano as An American Pilot;
Joan Maude as Chief Recorder;
Marius Goring as Conductor 71;
Roger Livesey as Doctor Frank Reeves;
Robert Atkins as The Vicar;
Bob Roberts as Dr. Gaertler;
Edwin Max as Dr. McEwen;
Betty Potter as Mrs. Tucker;
Abraham Sofaer as The Judge / The Surgeon;
Raymond Massey as Abraham Farlan

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