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Beyond and Back (1978)

A documentary that explores the subject of near death experiences.



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Credited cast:
Brad Crandall ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vern Adix ...
Linda Bishop ...
Army Nurse
Janet Bylund ...
Richard Cannaday ...
Maxilyn Capell ...
Dr. Stevens
David Chandler ...
Hyde Clayton ...
Elaine Daniel ...
Lori Davis ...
Little Girl
Stewart Falconer ...
Dr. Meyers
Ian Flynn ...
Mary Ethel Gregory ...
Ursula Phillips
Myron Peter Griffen ...
Morgue Attendant
John F. Hart ...
Doctor Williams


A documentary that explores the subject of near death experiences.

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Some will believe--others will not. DECIDE FOR YOURSELF! See more »




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Release Date:

2 October 1980 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Vida después de la vida  »

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$23,784,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

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A movie that impacted me for a lifetime.
28 November 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Beyond and Back is one of the few movies that impacted me for years to come. I saw it with my mother back in 1978 or 1979 at a local theater. Since that time I have had an enormous desire to see it again. Unfortunately the producer of the film, Sunn Classic Pictures Inc. became defunct shortly after several of its top managers left to the expanding Tri-Star Pictures. Recently however, several of the original management members reacquired Sunn Classic Pictures Inc. and are in the process of redeveloping the company so there is a possibility that this movie will return on VHS or DVD. I recently contacted Sunn Classic Pictures Inc. to try and find out if the possibility is a real one.

It was only 14 years old the last time I saw this movie almost 25 years ago, but as I mentioned it made a bigger impact on my than any other movie I have ever seen, even to the point of encouraging me to try and obtain a copy now as an adult.

The movie as others have mentioned in their reviews was somewhat of a documentary with interviews of people who claimed to have died and then come back from the dead. The movie took the stories and then reproduced them into visual representations of what occurred and how the experience would have been observed from a first hand perspective.

One scene I can still recall is of a younger man who had died in the hospital and then while dead left his body thinking he was alive and o.k. only to look back and see his body dead on his hospital bed. After walking around the hospital out of his body he eventually ends up returning to his body at which point life returns to his body.

Some reviewers have said the movie is to long. Personally I don't recall the overall length of the film, I only that in many ways this movie helped reaffirm my beliefs in life after death regardless of whether one ultimately ends up in heaven or hell.

This movie primarily tries to take you on a journey with the question of whether life ultimately ends when the physical body dies. Those who have seen this movie or may see this movie in the future and who enjoy it may also be interested in the books by Mary K. Baxter called an "A Divine Revelation of Hell", "A Divine Revelation of Heaven", or "A Divine Revelation of the Spirit Realm".

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