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Made in Heaven (1987)

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After being dumped by his girlfriend, a boy runs away to California. But he ends up in heaven because he dies after trying to help a family from drowning in a river. In heaven he'll meet a beautiful girl, who has never reincarnated before.

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Mike Shea / Elmo Barnett
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Annie Packert / Ally Chandler
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Aunt Lisa
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Annette Shea
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Steve Shea
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Brenda Carlucci
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Ben Chandler
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Tom Donnelly (as Timothy Daly)
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Donald Sumner
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Wiley Foxx
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Guy Blanchard / Brian Dutton (as Willard Pugh)
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Lyman McCray
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Truck Driver
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Stanky
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Shark
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In 1952 while driving to California to start his life anew, twenty-something Mike Shea accidentally dies while doing a heroic act. Despite floundering in his life - he was having troubles holding a steady job and his supposed girlfriend was about to marry someone else - he was not ready to leave the living. In heaven, he learns that despite it being a fantastical other world existence, he still has human emotions, such as romantic love, which he feels for a "new" soul he meets named Annie Packert (i.e. she has never been among the living on Earth), who in turn loves him. He also learns that one's next life is somewhat predetermined by their stay in heaven. So when Annie is sent to Earth for her first go around as a human, Mike pleads with the man in charge at heaven, Emmett Humbird, to locate him in his next human life at least in the same country so that he can find Annie. Emmett reluctantly agrees, but only gives Mike thirty years in his next life to find her. Those next lives of ... Written by Huggo

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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Hecho en el cielo  »

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$4,572,845 (USA)
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The role of Emmett is credited to "himself" in the end credits, but was actually played by Debra Winger, who was married to Timothy Hutton at the time of filming. See more »

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As Mike is driving around town, drinking and smoking, he tosses his cigarette out of the window just before he swerves and spins to avoid a car coming straight towards him. In the next shot, he is holding the same cigarette. See more »

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Emmett: Remember Heaven, Elmo? All you have to do is think about where you want to be and you're there.
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Up The Ladder To The Roof
Written by Vincent Dimirco and Frank Wilson
Performed by The Nylons
Produced by Peter Mann and The Nylons
Courtesy of Attic Records
©1970 Jobete Co., Inc.
All Rights Administered by Warner / Tamerlane Publishing Co.
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Possibly the best American romance ever filmed
7 November 1999 | by (Farmington Hills, MI, USA) – See all my reviews

...which is saying a lot, I realize.

Hutton & McGillis are so compelling that the myriad of celebrity cameos are immaterial.

This is a film about true, uncompromising, absolutely unquestionable love, and those who've not yet experienced it just might find it here.

The essential scenes in Heaven are, well... pure heaven. Without ignoring the teachings of the various religions, this pulls off what most of us hope Heaven will be like ~ presuming that we actually get there. Yeah, some of this might be considered to be a rip-off of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" [which was itself ripped off by Beatty's "Heaven Can Wait"] but Hollywood's all about rip-offs, right?

Anyway, I mentioned in the Subject of this mini~review that this might be the best American romance ever made.

In my mind, the very best romance film ever put on celluloid was also "made in Heaven" ~ Wim Wenders' incredible "Wings of Desire" [decently remade with Cage and Ryan as "City of Angels"]

This is a 10.


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