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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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Heaven Can Wait (1978) is a remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) both of which are filmed adaptations of a play written by Harry Segall called "Heaven Can Wait" (1938). The Turner Classic Movies website states: "Heaven Can Wait, the title of the original play that was adapted for Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) is often confused with the 1943 movie, Heaven Can Wait (1943), starring Don Ameche and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. The latter, though also a comic fantasy, has no relation to the Harry Segall play". See more »

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Early in the film, a sportswriter asks Joe Pendleton about Tom Jarrett being his competition, and Joe says his competition is the 25 other teams. By the time the movie was released before the 1978 season there were 28 NFL teams as Tampa Bay and Seattle were added in 1976. See more »

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Joe Pendleton: She loves me, Mr. Jordan!
Mr. Jordan: Joe, you must abide by what is written.
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Referenced in NYPD Blue: Heavin' Can Wait (1995) See more »

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Football Fairy Tale
26 April 2002 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I too was surprised that this film received a not-much-better than average rating. I am not a huge fan of Beatty, but I think he plays his role in this movie perfectly, running rampant through the lives of his unfaithful wife and private secretary (Charles Grodin couldn't be better), and his former coach. Joe Pendleton is so sweet and earnest that he deserve a happy, fairy-tale ending. I don't think the script ever descends into sappiness and there is a fine ensemble cast. I laugh out loud still, even though I have seen the movie several times, and I still get a bit teary-eyed at the end. This film deserves better!


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