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Chances Are (1989)

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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Omar
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Franchelle Stewart Dorn ...
Receptionist (as Franchelle Dorn)
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Bradlee's Secretary
Don Richards ...
Bonino's Defense Attorney
June Thorne ...
Clerk of the Court
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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 inspiration for the movie came to screenwriters Perry Howze and Randy Howze, who are real-life sisters, from a true story their grandmother told them about their great-aunt. "Our aunt", related Perry, "was married to the love of her life, a southern stock broker, for one year. They were a young, beautiful, glamorous couple. After a year of bliss, he died of a brain tumor and our aunt never recovered, She was that committed and devoted to him." Randy continued: "We thought, wouldn't it be a joyous thing if her husband came back into her life, We like that notion of life and love not ending with death, just continuing and changing form". See more »

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Corrine is wearing a pink coat at work, later when she gets home to first meet Alex at the barbecue she is wearing a green one. See more »

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[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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

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HAPPY COUPLE
Written by Michael Hedges
Performed by Michael Hedges
Courtesy of Windham Hill Records
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Charming Romantic Comedy
19 April 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Writers Perry and Randy Howze crafted a very engaging little story in "Chances Are."

Using the idea of a reincarnated man who happens to return to his former wife's home many years later, the plot takes unexpected, delightful turns.

Twenty four year old Robert Downey, Jr. renders a delightful performance, ably assisted by Cybil Shepherd as the widow and Ryan O'Neal as a good friend.

This trio has just the right chemistry for this caper, playing off one another with a graceful style. I've watched this film a number of times on tv, and each time found it most enjoyable.


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