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A matterof life or death (1946)  link to A matterof life or death on IMDb  

Number: 1050

poster A matterof life or death

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8.1/10 (15358 votes)

Also known as: Stairway to Heaven (original title)

Country: UK, 104 minutes

Spoken Languages: English, French, Russian

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, War, Fantasy, Romance

Director(s): Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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 USAAF, 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. This changes everything, and since it happened through no fault of his own, Peter figures that heaven owes him a second chance. Heaven agrees to a trial to decide his fate.


photo David Niven David Niven Peter D. Carter
photo Kim Hunter Kim Hunter June
photo Robert Coote Robert Coote Bob Trubshaw
photo Kathleen Byron Kathleen Byron An Angel
photo Richard Attenborough Richard Attenborough An English Pilot

Medium: Unknown,

Loaned: No

Aspect ratio: 4:3