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O'Hara's Wife (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  January 1984 (USA)
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Workaholic attorney Bob O'Hara (Asner) is devastated when his wife (Hartley) dies suddenly. She returns to "haunt" him, however, (a la "Topper") and her mission is to persuade him to slow ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob O'Hara
Harry' OHara
Barbara O'Hara
Rob O'Hara
Fred O'Hara
Walter Tatum
Allen Williams ...
Billy Tatum
Nelson Welch ...
Nelson Attleby
Richard Schaal ...
Jerry Brad
Doctor Fischer
Beth Douglas
Erik Kilpatrick ...
Police Officer
Dean Santoro ...
Howard Mann ...
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Workaholic attorney Bob O'Hara (Asner) is devastated when his wife (Hartley) dies suddenly. She returns to "haunt" him, however, (a la "Topper") and her mission is to persuade him to slow down, watch his own health, and renew relationships with his two grown children (Foster and Lang.) Written by Herman Seifer <>

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Heaven can wait... But O'Hara's Wife won't!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

January 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cielo puede esperar, pero la mujer de O'Hara no  »

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Referenced in Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend' (2004) See more »


Written by Atrie Butler, Molly Ann Leiken
Performed by Billy Preston
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Beleaguered comedy-drama, completely built around a gimmick, is pretty old hat...
3 December 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

How did all these talented people get rooked into doing such a slight, nondescript piece of fluff? Loving couple Ed Asner and Mariette Hartley are tragically separated by her death--but not for long! She comes back as a ghost, whom only Asner can see, yet she has no particular purpose or plan. The opening moments with Asner and family (including Jodie Foster, during her college years) grieving Hartley's loss are painfully elongated. Does the film want to be fanciful or realistic? Don't worry, this is just a sitcom-wannabe in low-budget dress, and soon Asner is talking to the ghost and everybody thinks he's gone off the deep end. The cast collectively jumped into the deep end after boarding this sinking vessel. Incidentally, the myriad of movie-review books are indecisive as to whether this was a cable-TV movie, a straight-to-video loser, or a failed theatrical production. I saw it on video, but I assume with all the talent involved it was meant for theaters. Either way, you can't get a refund. *1/2 from ****

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