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Chances Are (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  10 March 1989 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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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 ...
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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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Alex has a lifetime full of wonderful memories. Unfortunately, they're not his. See more »


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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cielo se equivocó  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)


$16,278,590 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Despite playing mother and daughter, Cybill Shepherd is only approximately 16 years older than Mary Stuart Masterson. The actual ages of actors Ryan O'Neal and Mary Stuart Masterson more closely reflect their characters ages. See more »


The contribution check from Mavis Talmadge is made out to the "Smithsonian Institute." It is actually the "Smithsonian Institution." See more »


[Corinne hasn't had sex since her husband died 20 years ago]
Corinne Jeffries: I don't know if it's just his body I'm attracted to or his soul... or if it's just me. Oh, I'm feeling generally... attracted. The truth is, I'm so ripe I'm about to fall off the vine.
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References Today (1952) See more »


Written by Sherman Edwards and Ben Raleigh
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Couretsy of CBS Records
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Sweet, romantic and funny
19 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A charming romantic comedy. The plot is a little too complicated--I tried to summarize it three times and I can't. Suffice to say it's worth seeing. The movie is funny, beautiful--the plot is totally unrealistic but it works. Everybody in the movie is so nice and everything looks so great--it creates a sweet, romantic feel through the entire film.

The acting is great--Robert Downey Jr. and Cybill Shepherd are in top form and enjoying every second of it. Ryan O'Neal and Mary Stuart Masterson are just OK but fine. If you're a sucker for good, sweet sentimental films (like me), catch this one. Also Downey looks great in his underwear!

Extra bonuses--the title song sung by Johnny Mathis and another great song "After All" sung by Cher and Peter Cetera.

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