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Chances Are (1989)

A reincarnated man unknowingly falls in love with his own daughter from his previous life. Once he realizes this, he tries to end their relationship before angels erase his memory.

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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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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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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

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El cielo se equivocó  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,278,590 (USA)
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The on-screen chemistry of Cybill Shepherd and Robert Downey, Jr. reflected an off-screen rapport that developed as Shepherd helped Downey ease into his role. Downey said, "Cybill helped me to take my time at what I was doing. She taught me that I didn't have to be talking every minute, 'It's alright if you just look at me for five seconds and don't say anything', she'd say." See more »

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Although Roosevelt Island in the Potomac across from Georgetown was so designated in the 1930s, locals referred to it by its former name of Mason's Island until the Theodore Roosevelt memorial was erected on it in 1966, two years after events in the movie. Access in the mid-1960s was by a very small ferry from Georgetown, making it a somewhat unlikely location for a discrete rendezvous of an illegal nature. See more »

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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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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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