Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell Cast: David Niven
David Niven
, Kim Hunter
Kim Hunter
, Roger Livesey
Roger Livesey
Emeric Pressburger
Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell Cast: David Niven
David Niven
, Kim Hunter
Kim Hunter
, Roger Livesey
Roger Livesey
Emeric Pressburger

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Overview

Also known as Stairway to Heaven, A Matter of Life and Death is the remarkable British fantasy film that became the surprise hit of 1946. David Niven stars as Peter Carter, a World War II RAF pilot who is forced to bail out of his crippled plane without a parachute. He wakes up to find he has landed on Earth utterly unharmed...which wasn't supposed to happen according to the rules of heaven. A celestial court argues over whether to claim Carter's life or let him survive to wed his American sweetheart (Kim Hunter). During an operation, in which Carter hovers between life and death, he dreams that his spirit is on trial, with God (Abraham Sofaer) as judge and Carter's recently deceased best friend (Roger Livesey) as defense counsel. The film tries to have it both ways by suggesting that the heavenly scenes are all a product of Carter's imagination, but the audience knows better. Among the curious but effective artistic choices in A Matter of Life and Death was the decision to film the earthbound scenes in Technicolor and the heaven sequences in black-and-white. The film was a product of the adventuresome team known as "The Archers": Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827412228
Original Release: 1946
Source: Reel Vault
Region Code: A
Language: English
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 14,546

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Niven Peter Carter
Kim Hunter June
Roger Livesey Dr. Reeves
Marius Goring Conductor 71
Raymond Massey Abraham Farlan
Kathleen Byron Angel
Richard Attenborough Pilot
Robert Coote Bob
Bonar Colleano American Pilot
Joan Maude Chief Recorder
Abraham Sofaer The Judge
Robert Atkins The Vicar
Bob Roberts Dr. Gaertler
Edwin Max Mr. McEwan
Betty Potter Mrs. Rucker
Robert Arden GI
Wally Patch ARP Warden
Tom Duggan American Policeman,Actor
Allan Gray Composer

Technical Credits
Emeric Pressburger Director,Screenwriter,Producer
Michael Powell Director,Screenwriter,Producer
Douglas Woolsey Special Effects
W. Day Special Effects
George Blackwell Special Effects
George Busby Producer
Henry Harris Special Effects
C.C. Stevens Sound/Sound Designer
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