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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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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 »


[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 Curly Williams and Sunny David
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A Film that Might Have Slipped by You...
23 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

CHANCES ARE is a charming romantic fantasy about a woman (Cybill Shepherd) whose husband (Christopher McDonald) is killed shortly after learning she is pregnant. We then see the husband in heaven letting the powers that be know that he was taken too soon and that his wife needs him. He is told he can return to earth but not as himself. Flashforward 19 years where we see Shepherd's daughter (Mary Stuart Masterson) preparing to graduate from college and encountering a young man (Robert Downey Jr.)who, it turns out is the reincarnation of her father. The film is a little on the predictable side...the story goes all the places you expect it to, but it is so charmingly played by an energetic cast (especially Shepherd and Downey) that you can't help but get wrapped up in the fun. Shepherd has rarely been seen on screen to better advantage and she and Downey are backed by a talented group of character actors in supporting roles. A lovely and charming fantasy that will engulf and enchant you.

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