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
12,000 babies will be born in the United States today. Two will already have fallen in love.
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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
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.
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
Written by Leadbelly
(as Huddie Ledbetter) and John A. Lomax
Performed by Ernest Tubb
(as Ernest Tubbs) and Red Foley
Courtesy of MCA Records
©1936 TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc.
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