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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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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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Best Friend Cindy
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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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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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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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Chris Nielsen's fictional grave is located in Mount View Cemetery in Oakland, California. Near the scene's filming location is a real gravesite for an Anna Nielsen and her husband. See more »

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When the bird drops paint on Chris, the shot from above shows it hitting the top of his head and his shoulder. When the angle changes, the paint is on the side of his face and his shoulder, with none on top of his head. See more »

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The Tracker: This is the guy who doesn't give up.
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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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Chris & Annie's Theme
Based on Variations of "Beside You"
Composed by Mark Snow (as Martin Fulterman) and Michael Kamen
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What dreams are made of...
14 April 2000 | by (Seattle, WA. USA) – See all my reviews

To hell with the critics and the cynics. I absolutely love this movie - it's in my top ten (or maybe even top five) list of favorite movies (I saw it at least 3 times in the theater and own it on DVD). I have to admit, I'm one of those non- (almost anti-) elitist, "I don't know art, but I know what I like" type people. I also truly love positive, upbeat movies with happy endings. Not to say that "realistic" movies aren't also great, but there is room for everything in the moviemaking genre. Isn't there enough depressing "realism" on the evening news to satisfy even the most jaded cynic?

I can't say exactly what it is that strikes me about this movie. The incredible color-saturated visuals and special effects certainly help. The acting talents of Robin Williams and Max Von Sydow help. And I loved the story. Emotionally manipulative it may be, but this is one of those films where I WANTED to be manipulated, where I willingly participated. Apparently some people resented it, but I was sobbing through much the movie, and glad to be doing so. Laugh if you please, say whatever you want... this movie touches my heart.

"Deep" it isn't, not terribly. On a metaphysical level, it goes only slightly beyond new-age kitsch. Very few of the afterlife scenes and concepts agree with the spiritual outlook of any known religion. But I don't care. Again, if a movie touches my heart in just the right place, I can forgive it almost anything. This one did. 9/10.


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