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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 ...
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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1.85 : 1
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The angels' tablets are shaped like the Ten Commandments. See more »


At the end of the movie Alex is talking to the newspaper editor and then to Corinne, and the sling on his arm changes position between shots. See more »


[Miranda comes into the room, wearing lingerie; she crawls under Alex's sheets. Alex thinks it's Corrine]
Alex Finch: Hi darling.
Miranda Jeffries: Shh! Mom's next door.
Alex Finch: What are you doing here?
Miranda Jeffries: What does it *look* like I'm doing?
Alex Finch: Miranda!
[covers up his chest]
Miranda Jeffries: What?
Alex Finch: It's way past your bedtime! Go to your room!
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Referenced in The Last Party (1993) See more »


AFTER ALL (Love theme from CHANCES ARE)
Music by Tom Snow
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A love like no other
9 July 2004 | by (Moline, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Another Downey must-see! If you are an obsessed fan like me, you have got to see this movie! He plays Alex Finch, a 22 year old Yale grad who realizes that the life he just came into is the life he left 26 years earlier. Alex is the re-incarnation of Louie Jeffries, a no-nonsense lawyer happily married to Corrine (Cybil Sheppard). Louie is killed on their one-year anniversary when he is hit by a car. He demands to go back, only this time in the body of Alex Finch. Enter Robert Downey Jr., a lot of confusion, and a lot of laughs.

Although this movie is 15-years old, it still makes you wonder if there really is such a thing as re-incarnation. And if so, how often to you meet the same souls life after life. I don't know the answer. But I do know that you need to see this movie. It is a riot, and Downey looks SO GOOD in a tuxedo. This film makes you believe in love, and true love never dies. It just gets recycled.

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