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Elaine May (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
28 June 1978 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warren Beatty ... Joe Pendleton

Julie Christie ... Betty Logan

James Mason ... Mr. Jordan

Jack Warden ... Max Corkle

Charles Grodin ... Tony Abbott

Dyan Cannon ... Julia Farnsworth

Buck Henry ... The Escort

Vincent Gardenia ... Krim

Joseph Maher ... Sisk

Hamilton Camp ... Bentley

Arthur Malet ... Everett

Stephanie Faracy ... Corinne
Jeannie Linero ... Lavinia
Harry D.K. Wong ... Gardener
George J. Manos ... Security Guard
Larry Block ... Peters
Frank Campanella ... Conway
Bill Sorrells ... Tomarken

Dick Enberg ... TV Interviewer
Dolph Sweet ... Head Coach

R.G. Armstrong ... General Manager

Ed Peck ... Trainer (as Ed V. Peck)

John Randolph ... Former Owner
Richard O'Brien ... Advisor to Former Owner
Joseph F. Makel ... Haitian Ambassador
Will Hare ... Team Doctor

Lee Weaver ... Way Station Attendant
Roger Bowen ... Newspaperman

Keene Curtis ... Oppenheim
William Larsen ... Renfield

Morgan Farley ... Middleton
William Bogert ... Lawson
Robert E. Leonard ... Board Member

Joel Marston ... Board Member
Earl Montgomery ... Board Member
Robert C. Stevens ... Board Member
Bernie Massa ... Coliseum Security Guard
Peter Tomarken ... Reporter

William Sylvester ... Nuclear Reporter

Lisa Blake Richards ... Woman Reporter
Charlie Charles ... Highwire Performer
Nick Outin ... Chauffeur
Jerry Scanlan ... Hodges
Jim Boeke ... Kowalsky
Marvin Fleming ... Gudnitz
Deacon Jones ... Gorman
Les Josephson ... Owens
Jack Snow ... Cassidy
Curt Gowdy ... TV Commentator
Al DeRogatis ... TV Color Analyst
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Corolla ... Football Player (uncredited)
Charlie Cowan ... Football Player (uncredited)
Garrett Craig ... Swimmer (uncredited)

Paul D'Amato ... Swimmer's Friend (uncredited)
Robert Fortier ... Wealthy Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Bryant Gumbel ... TV Sportscaster (uncredited)
Jim Healy ... TV Sportscaster (uncredited)
Chick Hearn ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Elliott Reid ... Waiter (uncredited)
Byron Webster ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Warren Beatty 
Buck Henry 
Writing credits
Elaine May (screenplay) and
Warren Beatty (screenplay)

Harry Segall (based upon a play by)

Robert Towne  uncredited

Produced by
Warren Beatty .... producer
Hawk Koch .... executive producer (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Charles H. Maguire .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones (film editor)
Don Zimmerman 
Casting by
Patricia Mock  (as Pat Mock)
Production Design by
Paul Sylbert 
Art Direction by
Edwin O'Donovan 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
Makeup Department
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Lee Harman .... makeup artist (as Lee Harmon)
Production Management
Charles H. Maguire .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig Huston .... second assistant director
Hawk Koch .... assistant director (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Craig R. Baxley .... second unit director (uncredited)
Richard H. Prince .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Alan Levine .... property master (as Allan Levine)
Ralph Votaw .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Oswald .... sound effects editor (as Dick Oswald)
Tom Overton .... sound mixer (as Tommy Overton)
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
R.A. MacDonald .... special effects (as Robert MacDonald)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt double: Warren Beatty (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts: van driver (uncredited)
Dick Ziker .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Brooker .... key grip (as Art Brooker)
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Doug Pentek .... gaffer
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Norman Lang .... electrician (uncredited)
John Reynolds .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Robert Samuels .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Walden .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arlene Encell .... costumer: women
Michael W. Hoffman .... costumer: men (as Mike Hoffman)
Theadora Van Runkle .... costumes: Julie Christie and Dyan Cannon
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Elyane Bretherton .... assistant editor
Battle Davis .... assistant editor (as T. Battle Davis)
Music Department
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Transportation Department
James Davis .... transportation (as Jim Davis)
Other crew
Sam Bernstein .... production accountant
Helen Feibelmann .... assistant: Mr. Beatty
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Les Josephson .... technical consultant
David Leigh MacLeod .... administrative associate (as David L. MacLeod)
Frank O'Neill .... technical consultant
Crew verified as complete

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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Norway:12 (original rating) | Norway:11 (re-rating) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #25105) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

The movie loosely inspired the Iron Maiden song of the same name. Their "Heaven Can Wait" track is included on their 1986 album "Somewhere in Time".See more »
Continuity: When Max carries in Joe's birthday cake, the candle is lit, but the flame slowly goes out. In the next shot, the candle is lit again.See more »
Joe Pendleton:Do I... play Polo?
Sisk:Not really, sir.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Entourage: Entourage (#1.1)" (2004)See more »
Sonata No 3See more »


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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Come on guys!, 19 January 1999
Author: Stu-42 ( from Las Vegas

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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