Pennies from Heaven (1981 film)

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Pennies from Heaven is a 1981 American musical romantic drama film, based on a 1978 BBC television drama.wikipedia
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Bernadette Peters

The film stars Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken, and Jessica Harper.
She was praised for this early work and for appearances on The Muppet Show, The Carol Burnett Show and in other television work, and for her roles in films including Silent Movie, The Jerk, Pennies from Heaven and Annie.

Steve Martin

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The film stars Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken, and Jessica Harper.
It emboldened Martin to try his hand at his first serious film, Pennies from Heaven (1981), based on the 1978 BBC serial by Dennis Potter.

Christopher Walken

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The film stars Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken, and Jessica Harper.
He surprised many critics and filmgoers with his intricate tap-dancing striptease in Herbert Ross's musical Pennies from Heaven (1981).

Dennis Potter

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Dennis Potter adapted his own screenplay from the BBC series for American audiences, changing its setting from London and the Forest of Dean to Depression-era Chicago and rural Illinois.
The film version of Pennies from Heaven was launched at MGM as an 'anti-musical' with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in the lead roles.

Let's Face the Music and Dance

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The film includes musical numbers consisting of actors lip-syncing and dancing to popular songs of the 1920s and 1930s, such as "Let's Misbehave", "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and the title song. Arthur and Eileen go to a film (Follow the Fleet) and wind up dancing in formal wear, first with, then in, a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical number from the film, "Let's Face the Music and Dance".
It is also used in Pennies from Heaven, where Astaire's voice is lip-synched by Steve Martin, and in a celebrated Morecambe and Wise sketch involving newsreader Angela Rippon.

Jessica Harper

The film stars Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken, and Jessica Harper.
Harper has appeared in more than twenty motion pictures, most notably in My Favorite Year, alongside Peter O'Toole and Mark Linn-Baker; and costarring with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in Pennies from Heaven.

Let's Misbehave

The film includes musical numbers consisting of actors lip-syncing and dancing to popular songs of the 1920s and 1930s, such as "Let's Misbehave", "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and the title song.

Danny Daniels

It was directed by Herbert Ross and choreographed by Danny Daniels.
Notable film and TV credits include Pennies from Heaven (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968), and Zelig (1983), The Judy Garland Show (1963), as well as specials featuring performers such as Gene Kelly and Danny Kaye.

Herbert Ross

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It was directed by Herbert Ross and choreographed by Danny Daniels.
He followed this with Pennies from Heaven (1981) and the film version of I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982).

Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

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Potter was nominated for the 1981 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, but lost to On Golden Pond.

Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

The film includes musical numbers consisting of actors lip-syncing and dancing to popular songs of the 1920s and 1930s, such as "Let's Misbehave", "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and the title song.
* 1981 - In the Steve Martin mock musical, Pennies From Heaven, a performance of the song by Walter S. Harrah, Gene Merlino, Vern Rowe, Robert Tebow and Al Vescovo is used in a cutaway segment in which Martin, Bernadette Peters, and Jessica Harper lip sync to the song.

Vernel Bagneris

During this time, he also worked in film, including Pennies from Heaven (1981), Down by Law (1986), and Ray (2004), the award-winning film adaptation of Ray Charles's life.

Jay Garner (actor)

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On the big screen Garner appeared as Doctor Robinson in Silent Night, Bloody Night, and had a featured role in the Steve Martin film Pennies From Heaven, in which he played the banker who shares a dance and comic kiss with Martin

Nighthawks (painting)

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Four paintings are recreated as tableaux vivants in the film: Hudson Bay Fur Company and 20 Cent Movie by Reginald Marsh, and New York Movie and Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.
Hopper was an acknowledged influence on the film musical Pennies from Heaven (1981), for which production designer Ken Adam recreated Nighthawks as a set.

Follow the Fleet

Arthur and Eileen go to a film (Follow the Fleet) and wind up dancing in formal wear, first with, then in, a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical number from the film, "Let's Face the Music and Dance".

Rick McCallum

McCallum's career as producer began with Pennies from Heaven (1981), the film version of the 1978 BBC TV drama, for director Herbert Ross and writer Dennis Potter.

Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical

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Peters won the Golden Globe as Best Motion Picture Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role as Eileen Everson, a schoolteacher turned prostitute.

Edward Hopper

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Four paintings are recreated as tableaux vivants in the film: Hudson Bay Fur Company and 20 Cent Movie by Reginald Marsh, and New York Movie and Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.
The 1981 film Pennies from Heaven includes a tableau vivant of Nighthawks, with the lead actors in the places of the diners.