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After dying in a car crash a man searches the afterlife for his wife.

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Jessica Brooks Grant ...
Marie Nielsen
Josh Paddock ...
Ian Nielsen
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Leona
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Mrs. Jacobs
Maggie McCarthy ...
Stacey Jacobs
Wilma Bonet ...
Angie
Matt Salinger ...
Reverend Hanley
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Woman in Car Accident (as June Lomena)
Paul P. Card IV ...
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Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven. Written by Scott Huntsman <guru@movieguru.com>

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heaven | soul | hell | death | doctor | See more »

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After life there is more. The end is just the beginning.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving death, some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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2 October 1998 (USA)  »

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What Dreams May Come  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£230,610 (UK) (25 December 1998)

Gross:

£1,531,653 (UK) (15 January 1999)
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Trivia

The "Hell" scenes were shot on the decrepit, rusted hulk of the Essex class aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CV-34). The ship was later sunk to make room for an artificial reef on 17 May, 2006. The "Hell" scenes were shot at the Alameda Naval Air Station in an indoor swimming pool surrounded by blue screen so that the FX could be later added in. Extras spent two 12 hour days in the water as Ghouls. See more »

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When Chris causes the pen to write "I still exist," the insert shot of her examining the writing is a different written page. See more »

Quotes

Chris Nielsen: Thank you for every kindness. Thank you for our children. For the first time I saw them. Thank you for being someone I was always proud to be with. For your guts, for your sweetness. For how you always looked, for how I always wanted to touch you. God, you were my life. I apologize for everytime I ever failed you. Especially this one...
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"The persons and events in this production are fictitious. No similarity to actual persons, living, dead or reincarnated is intended or should be inferred." See more »

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Referenced in Howard Stern on Demand: Cuba Gooding Jr. (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Chris & Annie's Theme
Based on Variations of "Beside You"
Composed by Mark Snow (as Martin Fulterman) and Michael Kamen
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absolutely stunning
26 May 2003 | by (Ontario) – See all my reviews

I love this movie because it is truly romantic- it shows that love does not just happen in an instant, or at first glance, but is something that you have to commit to and work at. It's not just 'boys meets girl, stuff happens, they get married and live happily ever after' - Annie and Chris have to deal with real adversity and issues, which are shown through numerous flashbacks throughout the film. (ie- Chris being embarrassed to dance, teaching his daughter about death)

You're not supposed to watch this film for the visual effects. They're great, but they're not the point. If you have a short attention span, and are expecting action thrown at you every five seconds, then go watch something else, and don't complain that this film is boring.

This film was very simple and very human. If you want inspiration that REAL love exists (and not that stupid teen movie crap), then I highly recommend it.


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