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Made in Heaven (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  6 November 1987 (USA)
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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
Truck Driver


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)  »

Also Known As:

Accadde in paradiso  »

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$4,572,845 (USA)

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Neil Young has a cameo as a truck driver. In the scene where Mike/Elmo is sitting on the side of the road, Neil pulls up in a large truck, asks him where he's going, and then says, "Well, you don't know where you're going, it don't matter what road you take". A slightly different version of those words appear in the song "We Never Danced" which plays near the end of the movie and is sung by Martha Davis of The Motels. The song was written by Neil Young and his own version appears on his 1987 album "Life". 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: Remember Heaven, Elmo? All you have to do is think about where you want to be and you're there.
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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 »


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5 January 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I absolutly LOVE this movie. The charm and magic of the movie inspire me since I was 9 years old. Thimothy is fabulous and drives the movie to the paces of the character smoothly. For those who doesn't have a bitter heart and wants more than a Meg Ryan movie.

I'm the fan number one of the movie that must be seen by the ones searching for the twin soul.

The songs are also brilliant !!

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