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Heaven Can Wait (1978)

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

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Storyline

Joe Pendleton is a football quarterback preparing to lead his team to the Superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he was not ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. Another body must be found without his death being discovered, and that of a recently murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant, the murderers, are confused by this development, as he buys the Los Angeles Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl. At the same time, he falls in love with an English environmental activist who disapproves of his policies and actions. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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28 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cielo puede esperar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,192,799, 2 July 1978, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,640,278
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Trivia

The film was made and released about thirty-two years after its source stage play "Wonderful Journey" by Harry Segall, which had been originally entitled "Heaven Can Wait", had been first performed in 1946. The Broadway production opened at the Coronet Theatre on Christmas Day the 25th of December 1946 where it ran for only nine performances before it closed on 1st January 1947. See more »

Goofs

When Joe takes over the body of quarterback Tom Jarrett, the Super Bowl game is in sudden death overtime. However, all the players are wearing spotlessly clean uniforms. See more »

Quotes

Joe Pendleton: Do I... play Polo?
Sisk: Not really, sir.
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Soundtracks

Ciribiribin
By Alberto Pestalozza (as Albert Pestalozza)
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6.8 User Rating? Huh?
28 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

I just about fell out of my chair when I saw that this film only got a 6.8. This is a light entertainment classic and Beatty has never been better suited for a role. The dream supporting cast includes Dyan Cannon, Jack Warden, James Mason, Buck Henry, Charles Grodin, Vincent Gardenia ... and all are at the top of their game. Julie Christie's character (as the love interest) seems, at first glance, to be a bit underwritten, but her scenes with Beatty linger in the memory - especially the ending where Beatty, in a new body with his memory wiped out, sees this beautiful woman in the bowels of a deserted football stadium and struggles to remember what she meant to him.

Growing up, I seem to recall that CBS or some major network used to show this once every year and it was hyped as a big event (this was just before the explosion of cable). I never got tired of watching it each year and it still holds up remarkably well.


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