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The Love God?
The Love God?.jpg
The theatrical poster for The Love God?
Directed byNat Hiken
Produced byEdward Montagne
Written byNat Hiken
StarringDon Knotts
Edmond O'Brien
Anne Francis
Music byVic Mizzy
CinematographyWilliam Margulies
Edited bySam E. Waxman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 1969 (1969-08)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Love God? is a 1969 Universal Pictures feature film which starred Don Knotts and Edmond O'Brien. It was written and directed by Nat Hiken,[1] who died between the completion of shooting and the film's release in theaters. The Love God? marked a change of pace for Knotts, who up to then had exclusively appeared in G-rated family comedies, and it was an attempt to integrate Knotts into the type of adult-related films that dominated the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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(waves splashing) (peaceful folk rock music) - [Woman] Good to see you! You look so pretty! - Get outta here! You better make sure it's cooked, too. Hey Derrick, how you doing? (people chattering) - How you doing, baby? What you want? You don't want nothing? You came to see how Daddy work the grill? (tongs clacking) I know what I'm doing! I'm king of this grill. Attention! (tongs clacking) Attention. I just want to let y'all know, if I hear one more person say the word 'burn'-- - Burn. Burn. (girls laugh) - Baby, please. - That's alright. - I hope y'all like being hungry. Y'all on a diet this week? Let's get all up in here. Shut up, D. - Drew. - Derrick. - I'm high off this smoke. (Tina laughs) See how that meat coming. (dish clatters) Lord. - Hey, come on, now. - I got this! - Babe. - You see how I'm doing this? - I'm not gon' eat that if it's burnt, okay? - I'm not burning the meat. - I'm just playing! I know, I know. - Hard time. That's my job. That's my job. (Tina laughs) I'll put that video game down tonight. (chuckles) I'da heard the call of the wild. (both laugh) - Alright, I'm not playing with you. - Alright. (cellphone ringing) Hey. Hey. Hold on, hold on. (laughs) Yeah, this him. (concerned, uneasy music) Yep. Yeah, I was at that meeting. And what we talked about was that people that had tenure over 10 years wouldn't be laid off. - Drew, is everything okay? - Yeah baby, everything's fine. Yes, I know, I understand that, and we talked about that, I was in your office and you specifically told me that I wouldn't be laid off, and, baby, I got it! Yeah, just talk to Derrick for a second. - Drew, what? - It's my supervisor, I need to talk to him, thank you. Yes, and I sat there, and you looked me in my eye and told me I wouldn't be laid off, and now you're calling me and telling me I don't have a job, I need this job. I don't care about a f... A referral. (sniffles) I can't use a referral. Yeah, I know there's nothing you can do, yeah. No, thank you for your service. (sighs) (sighs) Yeah, baby, everything's fine, I got it under control, everything's fine. You guys having a good time? Derrick! What's up brother, how you doing? - Well you know, Tina, speaking of control, one of the most prevalent fears people have is losing control. - Hmm, I didn't know that. - Yeah, if they're unable to control the future outcome of events, they feel almost like, well, like something terrible's about to happen. - That's crazy, only God can predict the future. - Yeah, look, when I was talking about control, that wasn't the type of control I was speaking of. - Well, Drew, I wasn't implying that you were, it's just that when you mentioned losing control, it reminded me of an article that I'd read about losing control. - Look, well on that note, the type of people you're talking about, I think, are just a little weak. - Weak? How? - Well, I mean, they blame their whole lives on their past mistakes and their basic inability to maintain control. Our ability to maintain control is what separates us from the animals, and I, personally, happen to have everything in control, so I'm not an animal. - Okay. - Well said. - Funny, though, because I thought it was our thumbs that separate us from animals. (Drew snickers) Speaking of animals, Drew, it looks like you're burning yours. - Oh, we gon' take it back the barbecue, huh? - Hey, excuse me, I gotta go. - Yeah. - [Derrick] Hello? - Hey, I'ma go check the grill, baby. - Okay. - Hey. You look beautiful. - Thank you. (kiss smacks) You know, a funny thing happened to me today while I was out shopping. - Really? - Yeah. I had picked out these really cute shoes that I'd been eyeing for a while, and when it was time to pay for them, my card was declined. - Declined? - Yeah, declined, Drew. Is there something you want to tell me? - Yeah, uh, baby, it's time for us to make some more responsible purchases. - Responsible? Did you or did you not spend $89 on a video game this month? - Yeah, but baby, I told you I was gonna get that video game. - Drew, tell me. (sad piano music) - Baby, I lost my job because-- - You did what? - Look, they laid me off, they laid off the entire department. - We have bills to pay! You know the lights need to be paid no later than Friday. - I know. Listen. I know, it's gon' be okay. My check gon' be in the bank Thursday, it's gon' clear, we gon' be fine-- - We are not gon' be fine, baby! I've had to borrow money from my family. And I mean, honestly, at first I thought maybe I was overspending, but come to find out we're broke. Do you know how embarrassing that is? - Yes. - Do you? - Yes. - To have to hear my family say, "Your man must not be doing his job." (Tina scoffs) - I'ma call John and see if he can make good on that job he offered me a couple weeks ago. - [Tina] Well, I hope you at least cleared your schedule for next Wednesday. - What's next Wednesday? - Career Day at Melissa's school? - Damn, I forgot about that. - Yeah, I figured that. But you promised her you would be there. Can you at least keep that promise? - Look, I'm gon' be there for my daughter. When have I ever broke a promise to you or her? - You know what, don't make this about us, okay? I am not in the mood to argue with you. Besides, I need to get some sleep. I do have to work in the morning. - Work? Since when? - (sighs) Goodnight, Andrew. (humble R&B music) - Dad, can I ask you a question? - Sure, baby. - Are you and Mom getting a divorce? - No, why would you ask that? - Well, I hear you guys arguing a lot, and Mom stays gone, and when she do come home, you guys are silent at the dinner table. - You are definitely an observant young lady, but, look, your mom and I are just going through some stuff. Grown-up stuff. We gon' be fine. - Okay. - [Drew] How you even know about divorces? - I'm not a baby. My friend Joshua told me about his parents getting a divorce. - Oh, okay. Well look, I want you to have a good day at school, okay? Gimme a kiss. - Dad! - What? - We just talked about this, I'm not a baby! - Yes you are. Look, you gon' always be my baby. Now you get to school. Oh, guess what I got? I got me a kiss. (kiss smacks) Hey. Now you stop listening to Joshua. Bye. - [Woman] Girl, what is all of this? - Bills, and they are killing me. He's been out of work now for three months. - Girl, you must be going crazy. I don't know how I would act if Robert was at home with me everyday. - Mostly, he's out looking for a job, but when he's here, I'm out trying to borrow money. - And how is he dealing with that? - Better than me, but I can tell it's hurting his pride. - I'm not gonna tell you what to do, but I will say this. Everything that we do is for a man. I mean, take a look around. This a man's world, but without us, they'd have no purpose. And taking care of everything is a man's responsibility! - I mean, we have responsibilities too. - Uh, no. Our job is to look good and to stay in shape, and that costs money, and money is a man's responsibility. - So what you're saying is I shouldn't feel wrong for feeling this way? - No. You married a man. And if that man turns out to be a boy, girl, God'll forgive you. (door closes) Hey, babe. How'd it go, any leads? - Dead ends. - Amy was just leaving, we had a few things to discuss. - [Drew] Oh? - Good luck finding a job, Drew. - Thank you, Amy. - Bye, girl. Call me later. - Yeah, call me too. Honestly, do you have to tell her everything? - [Tina] I didn't tell her everything, I just needed somebody to talk to, okay? - I told you so many times not to let that witch in my house! - Your house? Last time I checked, this was our house, and if you wanna keep it real, I'm the one paying the bills around here, okay? - Let me see. Oh, you gon' throw this in my face? - I'm just telling you the truth, okay? And it's mighty funny to me that friends like yours, like Derrick, got to keep their job. - You know it's a recession out there. - I know, and even still, they seem to somehow be men. - And I ain't gotta take this from you. I'm gon' pay this bill. - You do that. - Yeah. - [Tina] And make sure you pay it on time. - [Drew] Now you're asking too much. (soft, luminescent pop music) (someone knocking on door) - Can I help you? - Hey. Hello, how you doing? - [Receptionist] Can I help you? - Yeah, is John Bell in? - [Receptionist] Do you have an appointment? - [Drew] No, but I'm a good friend of his, my name's Andrew. - Right. - Yeah, call him up and tell him Andrew's here to see him. Thanks. - Mr. Bell, an Andrew is here to see you? Sir, what's your last name? - Oh. Sam Houston '87. He knows that. - Yes sir. - You just take a seat, he'll be out. - Alright. Thank you. - Put it on the books. Drew, you dog. - John Bell. - How is it, my man? - How you doing, man? - Good to see you, how are things? - Good, man, I was just in the neighborhood, thought I'd come see you. How's business? - Business is great. I can't complain. And look what I'm working with. - I see that. (chuckles) - That's funny, I was just talking about you and Kenny the other day. - Oh my God, here it comes. Here it comes, he's gonna talk about Kenny. - Me and Drew and Kenny went to college together, and there was this big back-to-school, me and Kenny were all amped. Drew had warned us not to go, 'cause we had finals the next morning. So we go, me and Kenny get bombed! And we were bombed, you remember that. - You were pretty bad. - We were bad. So we can't find our way back to the dorms that night, and we had to call good ol' Drew to pick us up at 3 a.m. Does he complain? - [Both] Nah. - So he takes us back to the dorms, and me and Kenny sleep right through our alarms and good Drew gets up at 6 a.m. - Yep. - Aces his, goes to mine, across campus, 8 a.m., aces it. Ooh! That was good. 10 a.m., across campus again, aces Kenny's. And what was the final score? - [Both] B minus. - Yes! - Yep, yep, yep. - Dude, you're embarrassing me, come on. - (chuckles) If you're smart, you're smart. Look honey, we really all were pretty surprised, I'm not gonna lie. - Sounds like y'all had some good times. - Yeah, yeah. It was-- - Yeah, they were good. - It was great. (chuckles) - Alright, come on. Hold all my calls. - Yeah, let's, fuck it. (Drew laughs) - One of those nights, huh? - Yeah, I had a couple of those in my lifetime, but yeah, that was one. - That's college. - So how's Kenny doing? - Wow, you really haven't heard, huh? He's in jail. - Kenny? For what? - Embezzlement. $2.7 million. - Jesus. Are you serious? I can't imagine him doing something like that. - As hard as it is today, anything's possible. - That's actually why I wanted to come talk to you today. I was wondering if you could make good on that job offer you talked about a couple weeks ago. I know I turned it down, but-- - Look, I'm sorry, but-- - I can take it now, I'm free. So, I could even get started Monday. - I'm really sorry, but look, I gotta lay off 20 people by next week. (sighs) You give me a month, I'll cut some strings, let's work something out and I'll try to-- - JB. - One month. - Buddy, I don't have a month. Look man, my bills are due now, and me and Tina, we hit a little bit of a rough spot, and if you could just give me a job, I could get started Monday, bills are piling up, brother-- - And I understand that, - and I'm really sorry, and... There's nothing I can do. I mean, I can feel for you for the Tina thing-- - [Drew] Look, wha-da-da-da-da-da-da-da, what Tina thing? - I mean, I'm sure it's nothing. - What do you mean by that? Do you need to tell me something? Is there something I'm not aware of? - The way she treats you, man, she steps all over you, she's making the whole situation way more stressful than it should be. (Drew breathes heavily) - Look man, every marriage is a little bit stressful, but I control what goes on in my own life. So, are you sure there's nothing you can do? There's nothing you can offer me right now? There's no-- - A month. (somber R&B music) (Drew sighs) (exhales heavily) (breathing sharply) (car horn blaring) (car engine revs) (car tone beeps) (waves splashing) - Oh. - Here you go. - You're a lifesaver, thank you. (lulling hip-hop music) - From the looks of that drink, you must be going through a hell of a time. - Yeah. (exhales heavily) I've lost basically everything. - You seem to be in good health, so, no you haven't lost everything yet. - (sighs) I can't find a job and my wife is having to borrow money to keep us afloat. - There is not a man in this room who hasn't been where you are right now. - So... - So? So, things will get better for you. I mean, things aren't as bad as they seem. Just, as a matter of fact, when I was going through some things, I found it very helpful just to talk to the man upstairs. - Are you one of those church folk? Do you have, what are you, trying to sell me something? Do you have a brochure that you're trying to-- - No, no. I'm just someone who truly believes in a power higher than myself. - Oh. Well, you seem to be connected with this higher power, so if you could call him and ask him to write me a check, you know, to help me out, that would be fantastic. (dreamy music) - You don't believe. - No no no no no, I do believe. I believe that if I don't pay my electricity bill, they're gonna shut my lights off. I believe that if I don't pay my car note, they're gonna repossess my car. I believe that, I just don't believe that locking myself in a room and talking to some higher power is gonna save all my problems. - Just ask Him. He will help you. - Alright. (slurps drink) And that's another thing, I don't think that you were... Excuse me. - Yes? - Who is the gentleman that was just sitting right there? - [Bartender] There was no one sitting there. - Yeah, there was. He was just sitting right there, he was a larger gentleman, he's got kinda like, he's got this thing going on, about... - [Bartender] Sure he was. - I promise you, he was just sitting right there, I... What are you doing? - [Bartender] You know what, I'm gonna cut you off. - Are you serious? - Yes. - Are you being serious right now? - [Bartender] You go home. - Oh my God. - Goodnight. - I am not tipping you. (chair grates floor) Oh God, I hate this place. (heavy, somber music) (knocking on window) - Hey, what took you so long? - Drew, stop it. - Nah, I'm ready, let's go. - I don't wanna hear it. It's 8:30, she's already an hour late. Get in the car. - [Drew] Baby, look. Hey, come on. - You know what, Drew? Clean yourself up. Pay the light bill and don't forget to be at Melissa's school tonight. I'm gonna be late, I need you there. - [Drew] Late for what, what you got going on? - [Tina] Don't you dare question me when you stayed out all night. - Out all night? Baby, - You know what? I don't care. - I had a couple drinks, I fell asleep in the driveway! - Honestly, I don't. - I was here. - I don't care! - I was in the driveway! - But if you must know, Derrick told me about a position two months ago. Receptionist, I took it. I thought you would be able to get us out of this hole but obviously not. - I am gonna get us out of this hole, we just need a little help. - You know what, I gotta do what I gotta do for me and Melissa. - Look, baby, I just need a couple more weeks, a little more time! (car door shuts) Nah, I'm not done with you. (knocking on window) (car engine starts) I'm not done with you. Hey! (moves into frustrated, brooding music) (Drew sighs) (door creaks) Hey. You alright? - Turn on the lights, Andrew. - Baby, about the lights-- - No, no excuses. Go ahead, flip the switch. Go ahead. Yeah. I paid for the lights to be on. - [Drew] Where'd you get the money? - Oh, we'll talk about that later. Why weren't you at Melissa's school? (Drew sighs) - They took my car. - And you couldn't call me? (Drew sighs) Whoa! Uh-uh. I packed your things. You need to find someplace else to stay. (Drew scoffs) - Who sent you these? - Derrick. (ominous string music) - No, no, let me see this. "To a beautiful woman. "So our past mistakes can remind us "of our beautiful future together." What the hell is this? Where'd you get the money for the lights? - Derrick, okay? - [Drew] Are you crazy? Are you crazy, that's my best friend! - Stop it! - [Drew] The hell is the matter with you? - Stop it! (slap smacks) - Get off me! - Get outta here! - [Drew] That's my best friend! - You need to get outta here! Get out! And don't come back, Andrew. - [Drew] Baby, I'm sorry-- - Get out! (Tina sobbing) (heartfelt piano music) - (sighs) I don't know what happened. At one point, everything in my life was going fine, and then, (sighs) then I lost everything. - Do you remember the story of Job? - In the Bible? - Uh-huh. - Yeah, yeah, didn't God send the Devil down to punish him or something like that? - Mm-hmm, yep. That's the one. You see, Job was a very good man. As a matter of fact, he was the best man that God had to offer. - So why did God let him lose everything like that? - Trials and suffering, well, they bring spiritual enlightenment, and build a relationship between us and God. - But I'm a good man, I still am a good man. I didn't hurt nobody, I didn't do nothing wrong-- - Baby, baby, baby. (gentle piano music) See, God Himself says that Job was blameless and upright. Job suffers because he's the best of men, not because he's the worst. - So what do I do? - First, you need to believe in Him. From your heart. You know, going to church is not a bad place to do a bit of soul-searching. (Drew exhales heavily) - Okay. Alright. Grandma, I'm a little homeless right now, and I was wondering if I could stay here for a little while, just 'til I get-- - Oh, hell no! Child, if your trials are anything like Job's, I can't have you anywhere near me. (Drew groans) Did you forget his loved ones died? - Yes, I know. (Grandma chuckles) - Look, you can stay in the beach house as long as you need to, and you can use-- - Are you serious? - Yes, and you could use your granddad's car. - Well alright. Thank you, Grandma. (smooches kiss) I love you, thank you, Grandma. - You're welcome, baby, you're welcome. - I love you so much. - I love you too. - [Grandma] Now, you promise me you're gonna go to church on Sunday. (Drew blows air dismissively) - Actually, I don't know, Grandma. They talk a long time, and I read the Bible before-- - Okay, give me back, give me that-- - Okay, okay, I'ma go, I'ma go, I'ma go, I promise. I promise. I'm gon' be there on Sunday, praise the Lord, thank you, Jesus. - You know I'm gon' ask you to pray. - Every other Sunday. (Grandma sighs) I'ma be there. Thank you! - Uh-huh. Okay. - I love you. - I love you. Bye bye. - See you at the beach! - Bye. - Boy, that boy. (sighs) Lord, I know you have a particular task for him, and I know you're gonna reveal it when you're ready. But Lord, please watch over him. Other than You and Melissa, he's all I got left. (moves into vulnerable music) - (sighs) Oh my God. (sighing) Why me? Why'd You do this to me? You took everything I have! (sobbing) Why me? Why'd You do this to me? You did this to me, You wanna fucking kill me? You don't love me? I'm a good man. I'm a good man, I know I'm a good man, I know I'm a good man. You took my wife, (sniffles) You took my baby from me. You took everything I have! I have nothing! (sobbing) You give to everybody but me. Why'd You do that to me? I don't even care anymore. Oh my God. Why'd You do this to me? (sniffling) (humble R&B music) - Hey. Hey, are you okay? - Eh, wha? - [Woman] Are you okay? - Yeah, I think so. - It looks like you had a rough night. - Yeah, I'm just kinda going through some things. - It doesn't seem like you need medical attention. I can lend you an ear if you like. - No, thank you, I've cried enough the last few days. What day is today? - It's the 15th? - No, I mean what day is this, what is this? - It's Sunday. - Oh my God. I've been drunk the last two days. I gotta go. - Wait, wait, go where? Are you in some type of trouble or something? - No, I just, I gotta go to church. - Wait, what's your name? - Andrew. - Andrew, I'm Tracey! I hope we meet again! (sensitive piano music) - So, it was so funny because Pastor had said that one time in the sermon he was giving, and it just made me laugh-- - Hey! Hey! - Drew. - Hey, I need to talk to you. - Drew, no, this is not the time or the place. Come on. - No, no, this is the place. - Just call me later. - No, I can't call you 'cause you don't answer my calls! - Okay, well I'll call you. - I been trying to get a hold of you. - Drew, lower your voice. - Derrick, this does not involve you. - [Derrick] Don't yell. - This does not concern you, Derrick! And why you bringing my wife to church anyway? You're supposed to be my best friend! - Drew, we don't have time for this! We're late for church-- - Yes we do have time for this, this the only time I have! - Hey, hey, hey, slow down. - Don't put your hand on me, man, what the hell? - Don't you... Now stay down. - I'm sorry, Drew. - You're not sorry! And you're supposed to be my best friend, Derrick! How you gon' bring my wife to church? I used to let you sleep on my couch when we was growing up! I don't need none of y'all! - The believer ought to understand that no matter how close we are to God, we all are going to have our share of trials, tribulations, and troubles. It doesn't matter who you are. It has been part of the Christian life, and Jesus himself never wanted us to be deceived, for he said himself that in this life, we're going to have troubles. And sometimes, bad news causes us to believe that somehow, we are living wrong, but our Christianity and our walk in life, no matter how honorably we walk, at some time or another, we can receive news that is undesirable. Jesus himself, when he spoke to his disciples, he wanted to make sure that they understand that and he explained to them, gave them bad news about an upcoming event. Scripture would tell us that Jesus himself explains to his disciples how he was going to be persecuted. How they would spit on him, and how-- - Are you okay? - Oh, yes ma'am, I just have a little... Never mind. - Even his disciples received bad news. Jesus explained to them how one of them among him was a betrayer. And he talked about how one of them who walked close with him would later on betray him. - The Lord talks to me sometimes, and He'd want me to tell you that He loves you, and He's sending you His love. - Thank you. - You're welcome. - Is that no matter where you are in life, no matter what you are going through, there is nothing too hard for God, for the Scripture says that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all. You got to believe that. - Hey. - Hey. - Oh, got a place by the beach, so I figured I'd come in, check the place out, see how you guys were doing. - Oh, good deal, good deal. So, usual tonight? - Make it a double. - Alright. - Yep. - [Bartender] Alright. (Drew sighs) - There you go. - Thank you. - [Bar Man] So, you're back. - Well, yeah. - How's everything going? - [Drew] Fine. - So why are you here? - Are you just one of those people who sits in bars and waits to talk to people? Is that... - Maybe. So, what does talking hurt? - [Drew] Nothing, I guess. - Well, tell me. (Drew exhales heavily) - Why am I here? Well, let's see. Where should I start? I lost my job, I lost my car and my house, thank you. (glass clinks) (sighs) And my wife and I are getting a divorce. Oh, and according to the divorce settlement, she's gonna get custody of my daughter. Oh, and to top it all off, the guy she's dating now is, or (gulps) my best friend. But other than that, my life is wonderful. - [Bar Man] Ah. (Drew chuckles) That's it. - Yeah. - That's it. - Yeah! - You're getting it. Just think positive. - I was being sarcastic. - Oh, I wasn't. (Drew groans) Being positive is another way of having faith. Believing something good is going to happen. - Look, brother. I've been waiting for good things to happen. It ain't happening. (ethereal soft rock music) - In today's world, we have the problems of noise. Worries about paying bills, is he or she gonna like me, what's on TV tonight, vanity. With all those noises, I can't even hear myself think, let alone God. - Are you saying God actually speaks to people? - Yes. Everyday. Every hour, every minute, every second. - Yeah? What's he saying now? - He's sending you love. - You know, you are the second person to tell me that. Mm. This is getting weird. - Do you want another round? - Yeah. Hey, let me guess, you didn't see that guy that was just sitting right there, did you? - No. - You know what, I'm gonna hold off on that drink. - You sure? - Yeah. - [Bartender] Alright, have a good night. - [Drew] 'Night. (Drew exhales heavily) - [Tracey] Andrew? - Hey. - Hey. What brings you out here tonight? - Tracey, right? - (laughs) Right. - Did I get it? - You remembered. - Nice. - Yeah, it's good to know that I'm not that forgettable. (Tracey chuckles) - No, no, no no no no no, not at all, I just came out to clear my head. Please, have a seat. - Thanks. - Let me welcome. - Appreciate it. - Having problems? Look. I don't mean to pry or anything like that, but you're back on the beach with a bottle. - Oh. This old thing? I haven't finished this one yet. - Okay, so, things must be getting better. - No. No, not at all. I'm actually getting a divorce from my wife. - Look, I'm sorry. - Ah, don't be. To be honest, I'm not even sure if I was in love with her. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love her. I love my wife, but I'm just not in love with her. Does that make sense? Am I bad for saying that? Is that bad? - No, no. - Is that bad? - No, not at all. - That sounds so bad. - No. No. (deep, resonant ambient music) (Drew sighs) - You know, the first time I ever came out here, I was with my wife. She wasn't my wife then. We were just dating. And it's the first time I ever really looked at the stars. It's amazing. They're so far away, and so close. (sighs) It's amazing, it's beautiful. - It is, indeed it is. It's like God. So far away, but yet so beautiful. - You religious? - No. I'm spiritual. - Isn't that the same thing? (Tracey chuckles) - Lord, no. Religion is manmade, and anything manmade is made for gain or for profit. Now, spirituality is enlightenment, and enlightenment is to give understanding to someone or to oneself. - Are you a hippie? (Tracey laughs) - No, I'm a freethinker. - Hmm. What about church? - What about it? - You go to church? - Every now and then. - So, you're really not down with the whole church thing, like that whole congregation... - No, listen, I'm not against church, if that's what you're asking. - Look, Trace, I really don't know what I'm asking, I'm just... I got all this stuff in my head, and I got all these problems-- - No, look. That's more of a reason not to drink. It clouds your judgment. - Maybe that's my problem. - (chuckles) Listen, we all have problems. It's how you choose to deal with the problem that really matters. Like, if a problem consumes your ability to be a good person, then you handled the problem the wrong way. - I handle my problems all wrong. My life is over. - There's always hope. - Hmm. I just need a shot of something. (humble R&B music) Hey Grandma. - Hey, baby. - Hey, Grandma. - Hey baby. (Drew sighs) - You can do it. - Okay. ♪ There's hope - [Tina] You get your homework done, okay? - Okay. - [Tina] And don't give your dad a hard time. - I never do, Mom. - Hey. - Hey. - Look, I wasn't saying you were a bad parent. - No. - You just weren't the husband that I needed. Sign the papers, get your stuff together, and she can stay with you one week and then she can stay with me a week. - You gonna share custody with me? - If you get your stuff together. - Look, Tina, girl, I promise you, you ain't gotta worry about nothing, I'm... - I know you will, Drew. (Drew gasps) Alright, I'll be back in one hour, okay? Okay? Alright. - Thank you. - You're welcome. - Alright. Thank you. - Oh, my munchkin. (kiss smooches) Come on. (sighs) Oh, baby, I missed you so much. Mm! Get all my sugar. - I missed you too. (Melissa chuckles) - Hey, I'ma let you know something. Just 'cause me and your mom are getting a divorce doesn't mean I'm not gonna get to see you as much. I'm still gon' get to see you every other weekend. - I know, Mom told me. - Oh, she told you? Did she tell you that I love you so much? Mm! - She didn't need to, I know you do. - You know, huh? Okay. Hey. I know I messed up big time by not coming to your school. I'm sorry. - It's okay. - No. No, it's not okay, and I wanna let you know something. Next time I say I'm gon' do something, I'm gonna do it, even if it kills me, okay? - [Melissa] Okay. - Okay. - Dad, I want to know something. - Anything. What did you want to know? - Do you believe in God? - As of lately? Yeah, I'm becoming a believer. (chuckles) - Good. In Bible study, they're teaching us about God's love. - What about it? - Could you allow yourself to let me be killed? - No, baby, of course not. - Well, God did. He did it for us. - I guess He did. - Don't guess; believe. Believe in God's love. He's sending it to us. - Okay baby, I believe. You so smart. (kiss smacks) You got such a little head but you got a big brain in there. (smooches kiss) With that big bun on top of your head, looking like your momma. - (laughs) Okay. - Alright, I'ma see you later. (exhaling heavily) Trials and tribulations. Let's look at The Book. (sniffs) Let's see. Romans. They were pretty successful, let's start there. Romans 8:28. "And we know that all good things were together for good "to them that love God, "to them who are the called according to His purpose." His purpose. What is your purpose? - One of the greatest tragedies is that when the creature refuses to acknowledge the creator. Some of us live each day as if we woke ourselves up that morning. Our whole lives is about I. And yet, we forget that if it had not been for the mercies of God, we would not even been given the air that we breathe. When I think about how God does not think of Himself and the Bible says that He gave His only begotten son, I cannot help but grieve for Mankind. Because everyday, it seems that Man only thinks of himself. And I believe that any God that would think of us before we thought of Him, that would give His son while we were yet sinners, ought to be a God that we ought to praise. Somebody ought to hear me today, and I'm just about through. We live in a age of selfishness. Everything is about I. The Technology Age that our children listen to and the kids are growing up in. It's brainwashing them on the one word 'I'; everything is about I. I'll give you an example. Somebody in here has got an iPhone. Somebody's got an iPad. We hear iTouch and iCloud. All of these things begin with the letter I. And one of the things that we must understand is that the world does not revolve around us. We talk about what we need, but what about what others need? Do we get up in the morning, wondering what are the needs of my brothers and my sisters? (tender piano music) "I need one. "I deserve one." All of these things embody selfishness. We believe in ourselves before we believe in God. But I'm here to make a statement today that if you can put God first and the others, as the Scripture proclaims, before yourself, God can make a difference in your life. God can make a difference. All it takes is a change of mind. At this time, we're going to extend the invitation. There may be someone here in the church today. You may not know the Lord in the pardon of your sins, maybe God has placed something-- - Yeah. I wanna testify. - [Pastor] But this is a time when we should. - My name is Andrew Holmes, and I, I'm lost. I been lost a long time. I just wanna say I, (moves into soaring R&B music) I understand what you're saying about the letter I. I lost my wife, I ignored all my responsibilities as a man, but all that stuff that happened to me was my fault. (sobs) When I had all those things, I never once thanked the Lord. I felt like the world owed me something. But I wanna change that today. I wanna say "thank the Lord" for helping me be a better father to my daughter, I wanna say "thank the Lord" for helping me realize that my wife was only trying to make a better way for her and my daughter, (sighs) and, I just wanna say "thank the Lord" for helping me make it in life, and I'm sorry for all the things I never said, Lord, I'm so... I'm sorry, Jesus, for all the things I never said! (sobs) I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. - First of all, let me thank all three of you for taking time out to come in and to sit down and talk with me. Many hats that I wear around here at the church is that I have to be marriage counselor and mediator. Now, the reason why I called you three in here is because Sister Holmes came to me about an issue that is happening right now, possibly among you three, that I think we need to air out. We need to get some things out in the open. - Yeah, and Pastor, I understand where you're coming from, completely, 100%, and I just want to say that I've forgiven both of them and I don't have any issues with them, and I'm just ready to take it all in and just, you know, be done with it, and-- - You're not the only one involved, and I'm gonna ask for Brother Davenport, there may be something that you want to say that you need to say to Tina or him. - Yes, Pastor. Let me start off by saying, Drew, I think your wife is just absolutely beautiful. - Okay. - And Melissa is just an amazing little girl. - [Drew] That's my baby. - But it's just, I just felt that as a man, you weren't doing your part. - I'm sorry, I wasn't doing my part as a man? As in what, what are you trying to say? - Drew-- - Like, I wasn't taking care of my household? - [Derrick] A woman-- - My daughter is taken care of, thank you very much. - [Derrick] Drew, a woman needs security. - So you're a security guard now? Is that what you're saying? - Well, absolutely. A man that can pay bills, that can keep the lights on-- - [Drew] You see what I have to deal with? - [Derrick] Come on, Drew. - I did my part as a man, I paid all the bills I could pay, and I took care of my daughter. Now, I don't know where you're coming off telling me I'm not doing my part as a man. - Drew, we all got excuses. - Yeah? So what's your excuse for cheating on me with my wife? - Guys, come on. - What's the excuse? - Guys, please. - You gon' come in here in the house of the Lord and bring that up? Like I'm not doing my job? - Tina is right in the middle of all of this, and hopefully, maybe she can say something to one of you that can help you all to move on. - Our marriage wasn't working even before you lost your job, Drew. You have to know that. - Yes. - That this wasn't working. That we weren't working. (Drew sighs) - Look. Honestly, I knew. I knew about you two, and when things started falling apart, I just started going through the motions, and I apologize. - I will always love you. I'm just not in love with you. (Derrick grunts) - Are we done? - [Pastor] We done. (optimistic orchestral music) (Tracey chuckles) - What? - Homeless man, on the beach, owns a boat? The news is gonna have to do a story on you. - (chuckles) Maybe, but technically, it's not my boat. My grandfather passed last year, so I kinda inherited the boat, so to speak. - I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. How long has it been? - It doesn't matter. - Okay, so, tell me a little bit about yourself. Other than what I already know. - Me? - Yeah. (chuckles) - Oh, wow. Just gonna put me on the spot, huh? (chuckles) Let's see. I was born May 4th. - So that makes you a Taurus, which means that you're stubborn and hot-tempered. (Tracey chuckles) - Guilty as charged. I graduated high school when I was 17, I got a scholarship to go to U of H where I played basketball, football, and baseball, I like long walks in the park, and I'm looking forward to meeting a woman I can meet and share the rest of my life with, how's that sound? - Very rehearsed. (Drew laughs) - It's a little rehearsed, I won't lie to you. - Yeah, a little bit. (Tracey laughs) - This was a really idea. - What're you looking for? - No alcohol? - Nah. I heard it cloud your judgment. (both chuckle) - [Tracey] Okay, okay. So, tell me about your family. - My family? - Yeah. - [Tracey] What makes you, you? - Well, my grandfather passed away last year, we talked about that, and I lost my mother and father when I was 15, in a car accident. - That must have been really hard on you. - Yeah. Yeah, it was, but, you know, thank God for Grams. She raised me. - Yeah. I can tell, she did a great job. - You think so? - Yeah. - I don't know. It's hard sometimes not to feel like a failure when you don't have anything to show for your years, you know? - No, you have a daughter that loves you. That's something to show. (chuckles) I don't know. It's something about you that just seems so right. - That's funny, I was just thinking the same thing about me. And you. (both laugh) - Oh my gosh. I don't know. I was talking to God, and I asked Him to bring me someone that I can share my life with, and it's so weird, because I'm sitting in my living room, and God told me to ask you out. I don't do stuff like that; that's crazy, I've never done anything like that before. - Wow. - In life. - I mean, he is one hell of a matchmaker. (Tracey laughs) I had no idea I was being set up, this is amazing. Look, honestly, when I'm with you, I lose all my problems, and I feel like when I'm with you, you kinda complete me. Did I just say that? (Tracey chuckles) I just said that. I just said that, do you realize that? Do you realize what you made me say? - How do I know that you're the one? - Well, I could think of a good way. Maybe you could come with me to church this Sunday? - I would love to do that. - Really? - Yeah. - [Tracey] Yeah, I would love to. - You gonna come with me to church? - Yes, definitely. - [Drew] So, it's a date? - It's a church date, yeah. That's what it is. - That's awesome. God is proving to be a pretty good matchmaker at this point, yeah. - He is. - Amen. - Yeah. (Tracey laughs) - [Drew] I mean, God is working fast! - Right? Amen. (laughs) - I already got a church date! - [Drew] I didn't even know He set me up a profile. - He loves you, and He's sending you his love. - He's sending you love. - Believe in God's love. He's sending it to us. (pot sizzling) - Hey Grandma. - [Grandma] Hey baby, how was your day? - It was wonderful. I cleaned the house, I washed the car, and I bought you groceries. - (gasps) It is a wonderful day. Now, what are you not telling me? - Why you always think I'm not telling you something? Every time I see you, you always asking. Ain't nothing going on! - 'Cause I raised you, boy! Now spill it! - Okay, if you must know. I met a woman, and not just any woman, Grandma, when I'm with this girl, I lose myself, and I know what you're thinking. You're looking at me like, "It's too fast, "the divorce was just finalized." - No, no, I was not gonna say that. But I will ask, how long have you been seeing this woman? - About three months. 20 days, 10 hours, 46 minutes, and 32 seconds. 33, 34, (Grandma laughs) 35. - Okay, okay. So, why haven't I met her? - You gon' meet her, this Sunday at church. - You coming to my church? - Nah, this is the second Sunday, you gon' visit our church. - Oh yeah, that's right. - Mm-hmm, you gotta keep up, (fingers snapping) you gotta keep up. You gon' read a book tomorrow morning? - I'm sorry baby, I'm getting old, you gotta forgive me. - It's okay. - So tell me. What does she do, where's she from? - [Drew] That's crazy, you know, I don't have any idea. (cellphone ringing) - Oh, boy. - Hold on, hold on, I got a call. Hello? Hey, what's up, how you doing, yeah? Yeah yeah yeah, I could be right over. Grandma. - Okay. - Bye. - Alright. (kiss smooches) - I love you. - I love you too. - [Drew] No, I'm leaving out the door right now. Okay. Yeah. - Yes sir. Okay, I'll let him know. Thank you. - [Drew] I'm back. - [Receptionist] I see that. - So, who called you to the principal's office? Why are you here? - Because I work here. - [Drew] Oh. I guess that would be a good reason, huh? - Yeah. - [John] Yes sir. - I thought you were in trouble. - Yes sir. Okay. Yes, I will handle it. Thanks. Alright Lauren, we got problems. Corporate's coming down on us, so I need you to fix it and I need you to fix it at five o'clock. - Okay. Yes sir. - And when it's fixed, I want you to call me. - Yes sir. - You okay? - Sorry about that, man. - Nah, nah. I hope everything's okay, you good? - It will be fine, it'll be fine. - [Drew] Do I need to take care of that? (Drew laughs) - Nah, I'm taken care of. - [Drew] How you doing, man? - I'm doing good. So, how we doing? - I'm good, man. Tina and I got a divorce, you know, but I got joint custody of my kid, and got a new woman in my life, everything's good, man, I can't complain. - I heard about the divorce, I was wondering, are we doing okay? - [Drew] I'm alright. - Everything's good? - [Drew] Yeah. - So, where are we working? - Not working right now, but, you know, I'm confident, I got faith, and something's gonna turn up, man, I'm not worried about it. Everything's gonna be fine. - I'm glad you said that. - [Drew] Why are you glad I said that? - You ready? - Why are you dancing? - You ready? - Yeah, I'm ready. What do you got? I'm not comfortable with the dancing. - I can offer you a job now. And pay you twice as much as you were when you were working at that plant. What do you say to that? - [Drew] I say keep dancing. (John laughs) Are you serious? - What do you think, baby? When can you start? - I accept. - [Drew] I can start Monday, man, I accept! Thank you, yes! - Perfect. - I will not be late, man, you will not regret this. Thank you, look, I gotta get outta here, but, I gotta get outta here, but thank you, man. - Yes sir. - JB. - [John] You're good. - I'll see you Monday. - Okay. - Alright. - Oh, hey. Wear a tie. (uplifting hip-hop music) (people cheer) ♪ Where is hope when you're all alone ♪ Where was hope when your friends are gone ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ Lost my job, I can't get a loan ♪ Seems like everything I do, things just go so wrong ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ As I'm sitting here by the sea ♪ Just the waves and me ♪ Thinking about how it used to be ♪ I'm missing my family ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ Can there be hope for me ♪ I heard that Jesus could make it happen, you see ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ Can there be hope for me ♪ I heard that Jesus can make it happen for me ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ Where is hope when you're all alone ♪ Where is hope when your friends are gone ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ I lost my job, I can't get a loan ♪ Seems like everything I do, things just go wrong ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ As I'm sitting here by the sea ♪ Just the waves and me ♪ Thinking about how it used to be ♪ I'm missing my family ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ Can there be hope for me ♪ I heard that Jesus can make it happen for me ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ Can there be hope for me ♪ I heard that Jesus can make it happen for me ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ Where ♪ Is hope ♪ Ooh ♪ Where ♪ Is hope (groovy R&B music)



Abner Peacock's beloved bird-watcher's magazine, The Peacock, is in financial crisis. Desperate to stay afloat, Abner takes on a new partner, Osborn Tremain (Edmond O'Brien), who has an agenda of his own: to publish a sexy gentleman's magazine. This he and his wife Evelyn (Maureen Arthur) can only do by taking over Abner's, since he himself has been convicted too often of sending obscene material through the mails.

Before the hapless bird-watcher can stop the Tremains, the first issue sells over 40 million copies and Abner becomes the unwilling spokesman for First Amendment rights. Swept up in adulation, the unwitting playboy quickly begins settling into the swinging bachelor lifestyle.

Cast and characters

When the opening credits show the title, Knotts' voice can be heard in voiceover, asking in obvious disbelief, "The Love God?"


In the Los Angeles Times, freshman critic Kevin Thomas called it "one of the intentionally funniest and most pertinent pictures to come out of Universal in years."[2] The film was also lauded in the San Francisco Examiner: Stanley Eichelbaum described the film as "an engaging spoof on the current vogue for the sexual put on."[3]

Other critics were not as kind. It was panned by Judith Crist when it premiered on television: upon noting that it was the first of Knotts' films that did not get a G rating, she said that its "smutty pseudo-satire on pornography, civil liberties and bird-watching would be rated as sub-Z by anyone with a knowledge of the alphabet, let alone an iota of taste."[4]


  1. ^ "The Love God?". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Thomas, Kevin. "Accent on Comedy in 'The Love God?'". Los Angeles Times. Jul. 9, 1969. Part IV, p. 15.
  3. ^ Eichelbaum, Stanley. "'Love God' Has the Sex Revolution Tied Up in Knotts". San Francisco Examiner. Oct. 29, 1969. P. 44.
  4. ^ Crist, Judith. "This Week's Movies". TV Guide. Dec. 19, 1970. P. A-2.

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