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What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 2 October 1998 (USA)
After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife.

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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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After Chris Nielsen dies in a car accident, he is guided through the afterlife by his spirit guide, Albert. His new world is beautiful and can be whatever Chris imagines. Even his children are there. But, when his wife, Annie, commits suicide and is sent to hell, Chris ignores Albert's warnings and journeys there to save her. Upon arrival, Chris finds that rescuing Annie will be more difficult than he'd imagined. Written by Jwelch5742

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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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2 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,833,592 (USA) (2 October 1998)

Gross:

$55,350,897 (USA) (25 December 1998)
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When Chris Nielsen is with his dog Katie and comes across Albert Lewis, who is standing in the water, Chris recognizes him in his youth. Albert exclaims, "You last saw me when I was 63 stretched out in a cardiac ward....who wants to be 63 throughout eternity?!" Robin Williams passed away at age 63 in august 11, 2014. See more »

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When Christy and Ann are in the park watching the clouds, the leaves in her hair disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

Quotes

Chris Nielsen: I found you in Hell. Don't you think I could find you in Jersey?
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Disclaimer after the end credits: "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 Wet Dreams May Come (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Hymn II, from Three Sacred Hymns
Composed by Alfred Shnitke
Performed by The Slavyanka Chorus and The San Francisco Girls Chorus
Conducted by Dr. Sharon J. Paul
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Major tear-jerker
4 June 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

It's been a while since I last saw this one, but I will always remember this as one of the saddest movies I ever saw, in a good way of course!

There are hardly any cheerful tones throughout the movie, so it is not for people who like soppy stories. But the effects are amazing and the vision of heaven is very original. Robin Williams is, as always, very good at performing. This was the first serious movie I saw featuring Williams, and I was amazed. I had thought Williams would be the type who could only act decently in comedies, but this one proved me wrong. He can put down a serious character with all ease not only that, he can truly touch you with his oh so tear-jerking lines.

My conclusion: if you are planning on watching this movie, keep your tissues at hand, and some food and drinks as well since the movie isn't exactly what you call short.


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