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.

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Corinne Jeffries
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Philip Train
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Miranda Jeffries
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Louie Jeffries
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Judge Fenwick
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 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 »

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Philip removes Corinne's half-slip off his head twice. 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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