MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 646 this week

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

PG  |   |  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 13,272 users  
Reviews: 92 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

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 20 Nov 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 27 images
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 4 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
Shampoo (1975)
Comedy | 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
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
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
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
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
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
Down to Earth (2001)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After dying before his time, an aspiring comic gets a second shot at life...by being reincarnated as a wealthy but un-likeable businessman.

Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Stars: Chris Rock, Regina King, Chazz Palminteri
Dick Tracy Special (TV Movie 2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Directors: Warren Beatty, Chris Merrill
Stars: Tim Bagley, Warren Beatty, Kevin Berntson
Heaven Can Wait (TV Movie 1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Stars: David Kaye
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

The type of instrument Warren Beatty's character holds is a soprano saxophone and the composition he is often heard practicing is called "Ciribiribin", an old Italian ballad. See more »

Goofs

In Farnsworth's study while Betty Logan is talking to Tony Abbott, she folds her petition and places it in her briefcase. A few moments later when the camera returns to her, she is holding the petition in front of her. Then, towards the end of the scene, the petition is no longer in her hands (we suppose back in her briefcase). See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jordan: Haven't you learned the rules of probability and outcome? Aren't you aware that every question of life and death remains a probability until the outcome?
See more »

Connections

Version of Down to Earth (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No 3
By George Frideric Handel (as G.F. Handel)
Performed by Paul Brodie and Antonin Kubalek
Courtesy of Golden Crest Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Come on guys!
19 January 1999 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

6.9 is not a terrible score on here, but for a movie of this quality it is a shame. I very rarely have given a film a 9 and it is very unusual for me to give a higher than average score. This was my favorite movie when I was a kid and when I saw it again recently I was just as impressed as an adult. The cast was excellent and they managed to evoke much emotion out of a fairy tale like story. One of the few remakes worthy of discussion. I would consider this a must see for anyone who has any kind of feelings whatsoever.


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
In the end it doesn't matter ssm117
Discuss Heaven Can Wait (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?