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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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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)  »

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Trivia

The role of Joe Pendleton was originally a boxer in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941). Warren Beatty originally wanted to have Muhammad Ali play the boxer. When Ali's boxing schedule prevented him from doing the movie, Beatty - who could not box but could play football - recast the lead role as a football player See more »

Goofs

At the end of their first meeting in Farnsworth's new gym when Joe reveals himself, Max sits down on the steps. His cigar is in his right hand, and Max drops both hands down between his legs still holding the cigar. When the shot cuts to Farnsworth standing up to leave, the cigar is instantly in Max's mouth, with his hands still lowered. See more »

Quotes

Newspaperman: Isn't it true that an accident in your west coast nuclear plant could stimulate seismic activity in the San Andreas fault, which could destroy most of southern California?
Tony Abbott: I think you'd have to define "destroy".
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Referenced in NYPD Blue: Heavin' Can Wait (1995) See more »

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The Rams Marching Song
By John T. Boudreau
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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.


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