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
How in Heaven did they meet? How on Earth will they find each other?
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Did You Know?
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
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
[Crashing home drunk
Oh Daddy! Why doesn't he love me?
And starring Emmett as himself See more
Written by Neil Young
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
Produced by Charles Greene and Brian Stone
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Courtesy of Cotillion Music, Inc. See more