A Matter of Life and Death


Action / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy / Romance / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 95%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 93%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 17150


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Richard Attenborough as An English Pilot
David Niven as Peter Carter
Lois Maxwell as Actress
Kim Hunter as June
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Myriam Nys 7 / 10

original and imaginative fantasy, but not without its share of problems

There are many things to like about this movie. To start with the most obvious : the sets and the visual and special effects, which are genuinely original and bear the stamp of an artist's imagination. There are many moments where the viewer can believe he is watching some kind of afterlife - perhaps not THE Afterlife, whatever that may or may not be, but certainly an alien realm outside Man's perception. (If you are a teacher with a class of teenagers, don't hesitate to use the movie as a starting point for a discussion about, say, life after death, mortality versus immortality or the possible shapes or forms of Heaven and Hell. The movie might also make a contribution or counterpoint to a discussion of Dante's Divine Comedy.)

There are also two enormously likable protagonists, ably portrayed by Niven and Hunter. Hunter is especially moving and charming.

Sadly, the movie is not without its flaws. I thought it started out with an enormously promising idea and then, gradually, ran out of steam. At the end it got mired in an interminable discussion of both the friendship and the rivalry between England and the USA. Yes, yes, that makes a lot of sense : the dead spend their time hashing and re-hashing international relations, it's not as if they've got any other metaphysical idea or experience to consider. And of course all beings, living or dead, from any era since Creation are absolutely tortured by one crucial question : where do people make the best cup of tea, in England or the USA ?

Lastly I question the good sense, or good taste, of the makers of the movie. At the time the movie was shown, Allied countries were full of war widows and of women who did not yet know if they were war widows or not. The hospitals were also filled to the brink with young men who had been robbed of their youth and health - think, for instance, of RAF pilots who had suffered third degree burns, who had spent days fighting hunger and thirst on unsafe rafts or who bore the scars from hellish torture and interrogation. It's far, far from sure that watching the movie would have offered these people, or their nearest and dearest, any kind of hope or comfort or consolation. There are right occasions and there are wrong occasions : this, in my humble opinion, was definitely a wrong occasion for making a pleasantly polished and sophisticated comedy about life after death.

Reviewed by DKosty123 8 / 10

This One Is Ahead Of It's Time

While the script itself has been sort of done in "Heaven Can Wait" and "Here Comes Mr. Jordan", this one is done better than either of those films. David Niven became a star with this film. It is easy to see why. This is a very good film.

The film starts with Niven alone on a Lancaster Bomber on it's way down. With the exception of one dead person, everyone else has bailed out. Niven has not because he does not have a parachute. For some reason he gets a radio call from a woman who he tells his situation too and then he bails out rather than burning with the plane.

Here this plot becomes more complicated as he meets the girl he fell in love with on the radio as he is still alive after jumping out. It seems he was supposed to die but because of the fog, he did not.

This film uses black and white and technicolor to major advantages. It has some special effects that are amazing considering when the film was made. The supporting cast is great. It started filming on V-Jay day, and because of that the war sequences seem more real than many films.

The script while not perfect, does a good job of balancing the story between Heaven and Earth. It doe it better than the other films I mentioned and gets rid of the hokey desire of the dead person to want to step into another persons shoes. It is stronger because it goes to the mode of airman Niven getting a trial to decide if he should come to heaven now (after their foggy mistake to end his live missed) or if he should stay on earth with his new found love.

It works better, and that is simply why this is a great film.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Surprisingly heartfelt

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH is another creative tour-de-force from directors Powell and Pressburger. Like many films made in the post-war period, this one tackles the subject of spirituality, in particular Heaven and the celestial court that tests the souls of the newly-dead. David Niven is a fine choice to play the lead, a stiff-upper-lip wartime pilot who suffers a life-changing accident at the outset, while Kim Hunter is a good choice for the love interest. The real interest comes from the supporting cast, with an unrecognisable Marius Goring quite hilarious as 'Conductor 71' and good old Roger Livesey (Colonel Blimp himself!) excellent as the sympathetic doctor investigating Niven's case. Films with this subject matter tend to fall into the twee and sentimental trap, but A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH avoids that and remains a moving and engaging experience.

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