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Defending Your Life (1991) Poster

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In a scene set in a comedy club, a terrible comedian performs a roast-style comedy act. This comedian asks Daniel (writer/director lead Albert Brooks) how Daniel died. Daniel says "on stage, like you." Daniel later jokes that he can't leave before the end of the act because the guy on stage is his father. "No, I'm kidding. That would be so sad for me." This entire interaction is a dark and elaborate in-joke. Albert Brooks' father, Harry Parke, actually was a comedian who died on stage at the Friar's Club, just after he finished his roast style comedy routine.
The trams used throughout the film are older ones from Universal Studios Hollywood.
On the coffee-table book "Above Judgement City," the picture is actually an aerial view of Denver, CO.
The CDs Daniel receives for his birthday are: "The End of the Innocence" by Don Henley, "Greatest Hits" by James Taylor, "1999" by Prince, "The Broadway Album" by Barbra Streisand, and "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars" by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.
The Hall of Past Lives is actually the old Fluor Daniel building in Irvine, California.
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Feature film debut of Ethan Embry (as Ethan Randall), who portrayed Steve.
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Defending Your Life was released around six months after Postcards from the Edge, a film-a-clef loosely based on the real-life experiences of mother and daughter Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Both stars had been close to Albert Brooks since his high school days, and remained so through the production of Postcards. Fisher scripted that movie, and it co-starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. Brooks himself then tapped Streep and MacLaine for Defending Your Life, his next project. Reynolds teamed up with Brooks five years later; she had a critically-acclaimed starring role in his comedy Mother (1996).
One of the co-stars of this movie, Buck Henry, previously co-directed (with Warren Beatty) another romantic comedy-fantasy film involving afterlife, Heaven Can Wait (1978).
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In the scene where Daniel and Mr. Diamond are having lunch, the resident food which Mr. Diamond is eating is in fact meatloaf with gravy.
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The name of the Dr. Theodore McAllister seminar at the International Planetarium was "The Universe As It Really Is".
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Albert Brooks held three different jobs/roles for this film; top-billed lead star, sole writer, and director.
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The character of Daniel Miller dies on his own birthday.
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The fourth feature film directed by Albert Brooks.
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This 1991 movie was the first feature film Albert Brooks appeared in since Broadcast News (1987), a break of four years.
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The picture was filmed during February, March, April and May 1990.
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Showbusiness trade paper Variety said that the film contained Ferenc Molnár's "Liliom idea of being judged in a fanciful after-life".
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Star Billing: Albert Brooks (1st), Meryl Streep (2nd), Rip Torn (3rd), Lee Grant (4th) and Buck Henry (5th).
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The name of the purgatory-like place was "Judgment City".
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Just before the accident Albert Brooks is driving down Amherst St. in West Los Angeles, CA
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