Matter of Life and Death, A ( Stairway to Heaven ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2643

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 22

Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1946

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 01/06/2009

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Actors: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough, Roger Livesey

Plot: A British aviator returning from a bombing run during WWII barely escapes the wreckage of his burning plane, but not before making contact with Juna, an USAAF radio operator. Waking up on the surf, he meets and falls in love with June only to learn that he was supposed to die, but was overlooked. Pleading for a chance at life, he is granted his wish and must present his case at a celestial trial that will determine his future. -- Chris Kavan

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mitchellyoung - wrote on 05/12/2012

This simple premise is executed elegantly and powerfully. Niven and Hunter are very believable protagonists, but the real scene-stealer is Roger Livesey's witty and intelligent doctor, who ends up defending Niven's character in the afterlife. The film wisely focuses on character and creates bold concepts with minimal special effects.

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