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What Dreams May Come (1998)

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

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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)
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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 | soul mate | suicide | See more »

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

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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

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Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Más allá de los sueños  »

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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

When Chris goes to the city in Heaven where people are flying around, watch for characters from "Peter Pan" (Wendy, Michael, John) and "Mary Poppins" (Mary Poppins) among the people flying. See more »

Goofs

When Annie and Chris are reunited in Heaven, as they are facing each other talking, Annie's hair is in her face. The shot briefly changes, and when it returns her hair is fixed. See more »

Quotes

Chris Nielsen: But I can forgive you.
Annie Nielsen: For killing my children and my sweet husband?
Chris Nielsen: For being so wonderful a guy would choose hell over heaven just to hang around you.
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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 Baghead (2008) See more »

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Chris & Annie's Theme
Based on Variations of "Beside You"
Composed by Mark Snow (as Martin Fulterman) and Michael Kamen
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The most under-rated movie ever ?
26 December 2005 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Firstly this is an adult movie. I remember when it was marketed on its release. It seemed to be targeted to all ages - Robin Williams off the back of- at that time- children's movies. It promoted the technology of the making. Overall they marketed it completely wrong, which I daresay has led it to being placed in the mediocrity bin.

However, nothing could be further from the truth. What Dreams May Come would have to be one of the most intelligent, emotional, visually beautiful, and well acted projects ever to grace the screen.

Robin Williams is masterful and Sciorra perfectly mirrors her soul mate (Williams). Their performances encapsulate all the joy and abject sorrow human life entails. It's a movie that wants you to find real love, see beyond cynicism and grasp the idea of soul mate. And it's all presented in a stunningly gorgeous montage of exquisite colour and symmetry.

From the opening shot to the closing frame, its magnificent. The story is enveloping encompassing nearly every asset of human emotion. It's a roller-coaster ride but rewarding. Comedy, hope, sadness, joy, elation, despair... all displayed perfectly.

ALL actors shine, Cuba Gooding Jr is his usual excellent self and Max von Sydow is impeccable.

The greatest movie ever? close... most under-rated movie ever? - most probably. Watch it, very few movies will touch you as What Dreams May Come will.


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