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
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Did You Know?
The film was originally pitched to Warner Bros., but studio production chief David Geffen
(one of Dreamworks' founders) ditched the idea for another film. After Geffen was fired, the project ended up in the hands of Barry Diller
, who green-lit the go-ahead for the project. It was Warren Beatty
's associate Richard Sylbert
, also a studio executive, who recommended pitching the project to the Paramount Pictures studio. Beatty would later use the film's commercial and critical success as the leverage for financing his next film Reds
(1981) which was also made with Paramount. See more
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
The likelihood of one individual being right increases in direct proportion to the intensity with which others are trying to prove him wrong.
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