MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,083 this week

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Sport  -  28 June 1978 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 12,435 users  
Reviews: 88 user | 27 critic

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.

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 13 Jun 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 06 Nov 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 04 Feb 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 33 images
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Heaven Can Wait" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Heaven Can Wait (1978) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Heaven Can Wait.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn
Bulworth (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Warren Beatty
Stars: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Kimberly Deauna Adams
Shampoo (1975)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn
Reds (1981)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty
Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann
Fantasy | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes
Bugsy (1991)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel
Ishtar (1987)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.

Director: Elaine May
Stars: Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani
Dick Tracy (1990)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Director: Warren Beatty
Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.

Director: Arthur Penn
Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard
Certificate: M Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Fran walks into a piano bar for pizza. She comes back home with Joe, the piano player. Joe plans on winning $5,000 and leave Las Vegas. Fran waits for something else. Meanwhile, he moves in with her.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Warren Beatty, Charles Braswell
Love Affair (1994)
Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Ex-football star Mike Gambril meets Terry McKay on a flight to Sydney, which is forced to land on a small atoll. Both engaged to others, they become romantic on board the ship sent to take ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Katharine Hepburn
Dick Tracy Special (TV Movie 2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Directors: Warren Beatty, Chris Merrill
Stars: Tim Bagley, Warren Beatty, Kevin Berntson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Hamilton Camp ...
...
...
Jeannie Linero ...
Harry D.K. Wong ...
George J. Manos ...
Security Guard
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cielo puede esperar  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 3,864,734 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006. See more »

Goofs

When Max finds out the truth, his cigar jumps from his hand to his mouth and back again between shots. See more »

Quotes

Max Corkle: [whilst training Pendleton in the spacious mansion grounds] This isn't going to work. You're playing football with a bunch of butlers!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rams Marching Song
By John T. Boudreau
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
6.8 User Rating? Huh?
28 September 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – 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.


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Super Bowl gjoy44
Nine Oscar nominations? spearsdw
Funniest part of the movie? yankee_dant
I'm confused heykincaid
Anyone know a the name of a similar movie? evilandy3000
Was there a different ending? shenandoahpride
Discuss Heaven Can Wait (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?