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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 exquisite and grandiose Farnsworth Mansion in the film is portrayed by the Filoli Estate which is located at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside in California, USA. The movie's closing credits declare that the picture was "filmed in part at Filoli, a property given by Mrs William P Roth to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and administered by Filoli Center". See more »

Goofs

In Farnsworth's study while Betty Logan is talking to Tony Abbott, she folds her petition and places it in her briefcase. A few moments later when the camera returns to her, she is holding the petition in front of her. Then, towards the end of the scene, the petition is no longer in her hands (we suppose back in her briefcase). See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jordan: Haven't you learned the rules of probability and outcome? Aren't you aware that every question of life and death remains a probability until the outcome?
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Referenced in Tracy in Heaven (1985) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
By Mildred J. Hill
and Patty S. Hill
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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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