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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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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  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)


$16,278,590 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was described by its director Emile Ardolino as "a romantic comedy about love and the transforming effect it has on our characters lives. It's about people who learn to live mortally in the present by letting go of the past. Imagine this happened to you: you're a normal person, and all of a sudden you get your memory back from your past life and you realize that your girlfriend is your daughter and her mother is your wife from your previous life. I was intrigued by the comic possibilities of this predicament...We've all probably gone to a place we've never been and felt we've been there before. We've met a person for the first time and felt as though we've known them our entire lives." See more »


Alex spills ice cubes on the sofa, but they have disappeared by the time he has finished recalling Louie's and Corinne's wedding (there's not enough time for them to have melted, although he could have been clearing up while we weren't looking). 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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References Today (1952) See more »


Written by Billy Burnette and David Malloy
Performed by Gregg Allman
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Very enjoyable!
6 January 2002 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw 'Chances Are' with Cybill Shepherd, Ryan O'Neal, Robert Downey, Jr. and Mary Stuart Masterson today on cable, after having seen it many times before. I've always liked it. I liked the plotline of a loved one returning in another's body and being able to express earlier unsaid feelings and take care of 'unfinished business' in a warmhearted and comedic way. Yes, it's a total fantasy, but still, we can dream! I like all of the principal actors and find Robert Downey Jr. adorable. The music was also very enjoyable, as Johnny Mathis sings the title tune (obviously : ) ), and the theme-'After All'- written by Tom Snow and performed by Cher and Peter Cetera, has a great sound. This wouldn't be on the top of my list for rentals, but if you catch it on tv or cable, I think you'll enjoy it.

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