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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Shea / Elmo Barnett
Annie Packert / Ally Chandler
Aunt Lisa
Annette Shea
Steve Shea
Brenda Carlucci
Ben Chandler
Tom Donnelly (as Timothy Daly)
Donald Sumner
Wiley Foxx
Guy Blanchard / Brian Dutton (as Willard Pugh)
Lyman McCray
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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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12,000 babies will be born in the United States today. Two will already have fallen in love. See more »


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Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hecho en el cielo  »

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$4,572,845 (USA)

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Tom Petty, of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, makes an apperance. 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 »


Emmett: I was in love too. My wife wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. She wanted to get married, we did. She wanted to have kids, we did. She wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and did in each other arms, we did. We can't.
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Coincidentally or not Emmett in the Hebrew language means 'Truth'. Seems very appropriate for the lead Angel of the movie to be thus named. See more »


Referenced in Inside the Brotherhood (1989) See more »


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Performed by Ernest Tubb (as Ernest Tubbs) and Red Foley
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excellent love story, with a twist
29 February 2000 | by (fairbanks, Alaska) – See all my reviews

If you ever you had something and then lost it, looked everywhere but couldn't get a hold of that one thing that mattered so much in your life. Then this is the movie for you! If you ever fell in love, and something happened and you couldn't do anything to keep him/or her.

This movie will touch something inside you and will help you see how it is on the other side of life (heaven).

One thing that got me was that Emmett in the movie was Debra Winger. The main female in the movie "An officer and a Gentleman." That was another twist.

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