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Writers (WGA):
Perry Howze (written by) &
Randy Howze (written by)
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Release Date:
10 March 1989 (USA) See more »
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User Reviews:
One of my all time FAVES!! See more (56 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cybill Shepherd ... Corinne Jeffries

Robert Downey Jr. ... Alex Finch

Ryan O'Neal ... Philip Train

Mary Stuart Masterson ... Miranda Jeffries

Christopher McDonald ... Louie Jeffries

Josef Sommer ... Judge Fenwick

Joe Grifasi ... Omar
Henderson Forsythe ... Ben Bradlee

Susan Ruttan ... Woman in the Bookstore
Lester Lanin ... Conductor

Richard DeAngelis ... 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
Nat Benchley ... Marshall
Cliff McMullen ... Marshall
Carey Hauser ... Paramedic
Laura Lee Stetzel ... Paramedic
Max Trumpower ... First Minister
Dennis Mancini ... Second Minister
Katie Schwarz ... Limbodrome Staff
Margi Holland ... Limbodrome Staff
Andrew Reilly ... Limbodrome Staff

Fran Ryan ... Mavis Talmadge

James Noble ... Dr. Bailey

Marc McClure ... Richard

Mimi Kennedy ... Sally

Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Handy

Dennis Patrick ... Archibald Blair
Martin Garner ... Mr. Zellerbach

Gianni Russo ... Anthony Bonino

Channing Chase ... Aide at Smithsonian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Caulfield ... Dancer (uncredited)

Scout Raskin ... Girl On Carousel (uncredited)
Maurice Schwartzman ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Emile Ardolino 
Writing credits
Perry Howze (written by) &
Randy Howze (written by)

Produced by
Leslie Benziger .... associate producer
Andrew Bergman .... executive producer
Mike Lobell .... producer
Neil A. Machlis .... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Keramidas 
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington  (as Dennis Washington)
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Peter Garofalo .... makeup artist: Washington D.C.
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist: Washington D.C.
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist: Ms. Shepherd
Susan V. Kalinowski .... hair stylist (as Susan Kalinowski)
Norman T. Leavitt .... makeup artist: Ms. Shepherd
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist
Kaori N. Turner .... body makeup artist: Ms. Shepherd (as Kaori Turner)
Production Management
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yudi Bennett .... first assistant director
Sharon Gerhard .... second second assistant director
Donald J. Lee Jr. .... second assistant director: Washington D.C.
Aldric La'auli Porter .... first assistant director: Washington D.C. (as Aldric Porter)
Jack Priestley .... second unit director
Tena Psyche Yatroussis .... second assistant director
Art Department
Frank L. Brown .... props
Jerry Gadette .... stand-by painter (as Gerald Gadette)
Perry Gray .... set designer
Mike Higelmire .... set dresser
Gary Kudroff .... set dresser
Larry Lennert .... greensman
Fred Lucky .... production illustrator
Greg Lynch .... set dresser
C.J. Maguire .... property master
Richard McKenzie .... set designer
Dan Ondrejko .... greensman (as Daniel Ondrejko)
William Powley .... paint foreman (as Bill Powley)
S. Bruce Wineinger .... construction coordinator (as Bruce Wineinger)
William Kemper Wright .... leadman (as William Wright)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Luigi Mugavero .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeff Bushelman .... sound editor
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Paul Timothy Carden .... sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Louis L. Edemann .... sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... supervising sound editor
David Gertz .... dubbing recordist
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
David J. Hudson .... re-recording mixer
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Pamela G. Kimber .... assistant sound editor
C. Darin Knight .... production sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Donald J. Malouf .... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Mel Neiman .... processed effects
Bill Nelson .... production sound mixer
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Terry Porter .... assistant sound editor
Rod Rogers .... assistant adr editor
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Mychal Smith .... cableman
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Jules Strasser .... boom operator
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stan Parks .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Alexandra Menapace .... motion control operator (uncredited)
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts (as George Aguilar)
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Phil H. Fravel .... stunts (as Phil Fravel)
Johnny Hock .... stunts (as John Hock)
Sean Kelly .... stunts
John Moio .... stunt coordinator
John Moio .... stunts
Spike Silver .... stunts
Jerry Summers .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald H. Boatright .... gaffer (as Jerry Boatright)
Sandy Brooke .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C.
David E. Diano .... camera operator (as David Diano)
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer (as Gemma La Mana-Wills)
Norman Lang .... electrician
Greg Langham .... electrician
Al LaVerde .... key grip
Marc Margulies .... first assistant camera
Chris Moseley .... second assistant camera
Jeffrey Pentek .... electrician
John Powers .... grip
Jack Priestley .... director of photography: Washington D.C.
Michael Steciuk .... grip
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera: Washington D.C.
William H. Steiner .... camera operator: Washington D.C. (as William Steiner Jr.)
Ty Suehiro .... best boy grip
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert .... electrician (as Mike Van Woert)
Greg Walters .... second assistant camera
Clay H. Wilson .... dolly grip (as Clay Wilson)
Edmond Wright .... grip
Don Yamasaki .... electrical best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bruce Ericksen .... costume supervisor: men
Richard Mahoney .... costumer
Ruby K. Manis .... costume supervisor: women
George Potts .... assistant costume designer: Washington D.C.
Lori Stilson .... wardrobe assistant: Ms. Shepherd
Editorial Department
Eric C. Daroca .... apprentice editor
Duane Hartzell .... additional editor
Alexandra Leviloff .... first assistant editor
Janet Fiona Mason .... assistant editor
Martin Nelson .... second assistant editor: Washington D.C.
Location Management
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Mario Iscovich .... location manager
Stuart Neumann .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Michael Schultz .... location catering (as Mike Schultz)
Music Department
Nick 'Beemer' Basich .... assistant scoring engineer
Dan Carlin Sr. .... supervising music editor
Ethan Chase .... assistant scoring engineer
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Lester Lanin .... conductor: Lester Lanin Orchestra
Joel Moss .... music recordist
Frank Wolf .... music recordist
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
David Campbell .... arranger/orchestrator/conductor (uncredited)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Kenny Searle .... transportation captain
Joseph Sullivan .... driver
Gilbert Young .... transportation captain: Washington D.C.
Other crew
Nick Corello .... assistant: Mr. Downey
Katharine Ann Curtiss .... production coordinator
Miranda Garrison .... choreographer
Barbara Gutman .... assistant accountant
Michele Imperato .... assistant production coordinator
Shelley Kirkwood .... unit publicist
Pamela Kuri .... production assistant (as Pam Kuri)
Kim Magnusson .... production assistant
Carolyn Mock .... assistant accountant
Maggie Murphy .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Lindsey Nakashima .... dispatcher: Washington D.C.
Jennifer Neiman .... production accountant
Tim Pedegana .... assistant: Mr. Ardolino
Steven Stone .... legal technical advisor: Washington D.C.
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Jane E. Urbanczyk .... production assistant: Washington D.C. (as Jane Urbanczyk)
Jim Vatis .... production assistant (as James Vatis)
Jan Walker .... assistant: Mr. Lobell
Marc Zachary .... production assistant
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Howell Conant .... acknowledgment: Life Magazines courtesy of, Life Magazine
Mark Kauffman .... acknowledgment: Life Magazines courtesy of, Life Magazine
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Additional Details

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The song "After All" was Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated for Best Original Song for Tom Snow (music) and Dean Pitchford (lyrics), but failed to win at either Awards ceremony.See more »
Continuity: Philip removes Corinne's half-slip off his head twice.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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Last Party (1993)See more »
AFTER ALL (Love theme from CHANCES ARE)See more »


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One of my all time FAVES!!, 27 July 2001
Author: C'airra from LaJolla, California

Yes, I'm sentimental & schmaltzy!! But this movie (and it's theme song) remain one of my all time greats!! Robert Downey Jr. does such justice to the role of "Louis Jeffries" reincarnated and the storyline (although far-fetched) is romantic & makes one believe in happy endings!!

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