A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Neither Heaven nor Earth could keep them apart!

  • Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1946-12-15
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 374 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: The Archers
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.
star 7.7/10
From 374 Ratings


When a young RAF pilot miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake and dispatch an angel to collect him.

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  • David Niven

    as Peter Carter
  • Kim Hunter

    as June
  • Roger Livesey

    as Doctor Reeves
  • Marius Goring

    as Conductor 71
  • Robert Coote

    as Bob Trubshawe
  • Kathleen Byron

    as An Angel
  • Richard Attenborough

    as An English Pilot
  • Bonar Colleano

    as An American Pilot
  • Joan Maude

    as Chief Recorder
  • Robert Atkins

    as The Vicar
  • Edwin Max

    as Dr. Mc.Ewen
  • Betty Potter

    as Mrs. Tucker
  • Abraham Sofaer

    as The Judge
  • Raymond Massey

    as Abraham Farlan
  • Robert Arden

    as GI Playing Snout (uncredited)
  • Robert Beatty

    as US Crewman (uncredited)
  • Eric Cawthorne

    as Goatherd (uncredited)
  • Tommy Duggan

    as Patrick Aloyusius Mahoney (uncredited)
  • Leslie Dwyer

    as ARP Warden (uncredited)
  • John Longden

    as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
  • Lois Maxwell

    as Actress (uncredited)
  • Wally Patch

    as Civil Defence Stretcher Bearer (uncredited)
  • Laurence Payne

    as Prosecuting Counsel (uncredited)
  • Robert Rietti

    as Man in Stairway (uncredited)
  • Roger Snowdon

    as James Monahan (uncredited)
  • Emile Stemmler

    as British Serviceman (uncredited)
  • Wendy Thompson

    as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Frederick Valk

    as RAF Chaplain (uncredited)
  • Joan Verney

    as Girl (uncredited)
Directing Michael Powell Director
Directing Emeric Pressburger Director
Writing Michael Powell Screenplay
Writing Emeric Pressburger Screenplay
Camera Jack Cardiff Director of Photography
Production Michael Powell Producer
Sound Allan Gray Original Music Composer
Editing Reginald Mills Editor
Production Pat MacDonnell Casting
Production Adele Raymond Casting
Art Alfred Junge Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Hein Heckroth Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Joseph Bato Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up George Blackler Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Ida Mills Hairstylist
Production Robert C. Foord Unit Manager
Production Emeric Pressburger Producer
Sound Walter Goehr Conductor
Camera Geoffrey Unsworth Camera Operator
Crew Douglas Woolsey Special Effects
Crew Henry Harris Special Effects
Production George R. Busby Producer's Assistant
Camera George Minassian Assistant Camera
Directing Parry Jones Jr. Assistant Director
Camera Jim Body Focus Puller