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A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven) (1946)

A Matter of Life and Death
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David Niven

David Niven

Peter Carter
Kathleen Byron

Kathleen Byron

An Angel
Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough

An English Pilot
Bonar Colleano

Bonar Colleano

An American Pilot
Joan Maude

Joan Maude

Chief Recorder
Marius Goring

Marius Goring

Conductor 71


Written by
Michael Powell

Michael Powell

(written by) and
Emeric Pressburger

Emeric Pressburger

(written by)


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6 years, 10 months ago at May 25 19:20
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A really clever plot, and a beautiful film in general. I don't want to give a synopsis; its so clever, I think it would be too much of a spoiler. This romance/war film is timeless and should be viewed by everyone, no exceptions.

For the time the cinematography and set designs were epic, despite being an 'old' film it is in no way dated or cheesy. A classic, and an underrated one a... read more

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2 years, 11 months ago at May 13 13:22
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A Matter of Life & Death also named as Stairway to heaven is a romantic story in the wake of world war II when a pilot whose plane got hi going to crash. While in contact with the control tower during communication the pilot and the lady in the control tower fell in love> The Pikot cheated death miracoulsy after jumping the plane without parachute and thereafer it is a metaphysical tale between th... read more
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Description: 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 RAF, and they are quite moved by each other's voices. Th ... (more)
Release date: 1 March 1947
UPC: 043396037298
1940s (7), Fantasy (6), War (5), Drama (4), England (4), 1946 (4), WWII (4), Romance (4), Afterlife (3), Love (3), Surrealism (3), World War II (3), Death (3), UK (2), Operation (2), Universe (2), Ambulance (2), Doctor (2), Angel (2), Table Tennis (2)
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“A Matter of Life & Death also named as Stairway to heaven is a romantic story in the wake of world war II when a pilot whose plane got hi going to crash. While in contact with the control tower during communication the pilot and the lady in the control tower fell in love> The Pikot cheated death miracoulsy after jumping the plane without parachute and thereafer it is a metaphysical tale between the live and death, nut the life pervail thanks to devoted LOVE.” read more

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