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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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Harry D.K. Wong ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

El cielo puede esperar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,192,799, 2 July 1978, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,640,278
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Max finds out the truth, his cigar jumps from his hand to his mouth and back again between shots. See more »

Quotes

Joe Pendleton: Do I... play Polo?
Sisk: Not really, sir.
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Connections

Version of Heaven's Touch (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
By Mildred J. Hill
and Patty S. Hill
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a romantic classic.
15 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I remember as a kid, I loved this movie. I had seen it in the theatre and liked it so much I saw it again! I think the appeal here is the same as in many of these types of films-it's a sweet whimsical fairytale of a movie that is pure entertainment but manages to be lovely without being corny at the same time.

There aren't to many movies like this around now. Of coarse, not having seen this since I was a child who knows whether I'd still be such a fan but at that time, I wept buckets and since it was one of the first films that I saw that stuck with me, I have fond memories of it.

People shouldn't put this movie down for realism or not having realism etc. It's a fantasy type movie. It's the type of movie you know your wtavhing a movie while you watch it but you cry anyway! I don't think this movie can be dismissed as being lightweight or unimportant. Where would film be without romance? This is up there in that category and many I know feel the same. It's a breath of fresh air and should be seen by anyone who likes warm sentimental (yeah OK sappy!!) movies!


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