I first saw "Oh,God!" in the theater when it was first released in October 1977. I was 21 at the the time. Well I'm 65 now and I got it on DVD and I appreciate it even more. John Denver who was a very popular singer back in the '70's plays Jerry Landers , a manager of a supermarket and Teri Garr plays his wife. They have two kids, a normal suburban family in L.A.
One night just before bed Jerry finds a note on his pillow that says GOD wants an interview with him. He figures it a practical joke from one of his buddies,tears it up and throws it the trashcan. The very next day he finds the note magically put back together in a cucumber. He also talks to Him on an intercom in an office on floor that doesn't exist. And, talks to Him on his car radio 'that's been busted for two months.' Legendary actor,comedian,singer and "Oscar" winner George Burns is just great in his role as GOD. Based on the bestselling novel by Avery Corman with a screenplay by Larry Gelbart who has done many episodes of the T.V. series M.A.S.H. and directed by the great Carl Reiner who created the classic "The Dick Van Dyke Show" back in the '60's and has done some really good movies with Steve Martin does a great job here.
John Denver is impressive in his movie debut also as GOD's modern day 20th century Moses. The movie also features the lovely Dinah Shore who had a daytime talk show back in the '70's. Paul Sorvino is funny as a pompous ,loud mouth evangelist who brags that he will be giving the prayer at the next Super Bowl. GOD tells Jerry to tell him that he should be a shoe salesman instead while he is giving a sermon. He sues him for slander in the great courtroom climax. The picture was a hit at the box-office ranking behind "Star Wars" , "Smokey and The Bandit", Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" , "Saturday Night Fever" and the Roger Moore James Bond flick "The Spy Who Loves Me" The screenplay was nominated for an "Oscar" and the well known film reviewers Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel who wrote columns for The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times and had a movie review program first on PBS and The Walt Disney Company for 20 years were fans of the movie.
Some taglines from the movie posters read...."Anybody who could turn Lot's wife into a pillar of salt,incinerate Sodom and Gomorrah and make it rain for forty days and forty nights has got to be a fun guy." " Suppose - Just Suppose - God Told You To Spread The Word?" and "It's an Almighty Laugh !" George Burns made two sequels, "Oh,God!" Book II in 1980 and "Oh, God, You Devil!" ,(which he also played the role of the Devil,) in 1984. I didn't see those. He had a great career. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 100. GOD bless him.