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Chances Are (1989)

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This is a fiercely tender, sparkly sleeper gem, with stellar cast, about spirituality, the unconditional nature of the soul mate, loyalty and love and an alternate view to death.


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Corinne Jeffries
Philip Train
Miranda Jeffries
Louie Jeffries
Judge Fenwick
Henderson Forsythe ...
Woman in the Bookstore
Lester Lanin ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Franchelle Stewart Dorn ...
Receptionist (as Franchelle Dorn)
Jacquelyn Drake ...
Bradlee's Secretary
Don Richards ...
Bonino's Defense Attorney
June Thorne ...
Clerk of the Court


Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated as Alex Finch, and twenty years later, fate brings Alex and Louie's daughter, Miranda, together. It's not until Alex is invited to Louie's home that he begins to remember his former life, wife and best friend. Of course, there's also the problem that he's attracted to Louie's/his own daughter. Written by Rob Hartill

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What if.. A place you'd never seen, felt like home. A person you never met, felt like family. A life you never lived, felt like yours. For Alex, it's not just a feeling, it's real. See more »


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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cielo se equivocó  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)


$16,278,590 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Heart and Souls (1993) is another romantic comedy fantasy starring Robert Downey Jr. about misplaced souls, though this time the souls are stuck with him after a traffic accident at the time of his birth. See more »


As Alex and Corinne are getting undressed, Alex's underpants change from white or light blue boxers in the close-up to darker blue boxers with white trim in the long shot. See more »


[first lines]
Philip Train: [Philip the best friend and best man, tells Louie the groom, he's in love with Corinne the soon-to-be married bride] Louie. There's something I have to tell you.
Louie Jeffries: [as Corinne walks up the aisle in her wedding dress] Now?
Philip Train: I'm in love with Corinne.
Louie Jeffries: [Louie smiles not taking his eyes off Corinne] I know.
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Written by Sherman Edwards and Ben Raleigh
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Couretsy of CBS Records
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Chances Are, you'll like it!!!
18 April 2001 | by (CT USA) – See all my reviews

I was always a big fan of this movie, first of all have you seen the cast, the acting is superb and help make this movie move along very well. Cybill Shepherd was given great reviews for her role, and they were well deserved. The beginning of this movie starts in the past when Corinne Jeffries (Cybill) whose picture-perfect marriage comes to a shattering halt when her husband Louie dies unexpectedly. Fortunately, Louse gets a second shot at life when he agrees to be "recycled" back to earth as the newborn Alex Finch (Robert Downey, JR). Alex goes on to live his new life forgetting his past life while Corinne tries to get on with hers. But fate crosses Alexs path 23 years later when he meets Corinne's daughter Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson) and is suddenly flooded with a wealth of unwanted memories (this is where the fun begins, and embarrassing situations occur.) The music is great and the scenes are heart felt and very cute. You wont be disappointed if you give it a chance, Chances Are you'll like it. Very funny and sweet!

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