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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
Kim Hunter Kim Hunter
June
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
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Emeric Pressburger Emeric Pressburger
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8 years, 1 month 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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4 years, 1 month 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. 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. T ... (more)
Release date: 1 March 1947
UPC: 043396037298
Tags: 1940s (7), Fantasy (6), War (5), Drama (4), WWII (4), 1946 (4), Romance (4), England (4), Afterlife (3), World War II (3), Love (3), Death (3), Surrealism (3), Universe (2), British (2), UK (2), Doctor (2), Table Tennis (2), Ambulance (2), Angel (2)
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