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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 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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Mr. Jordan: 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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Entry of the Gladiators
By Julius Fucík (as Julius Fucik)
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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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