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What Dreams May Come (1998)

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



(novel), (screenplay) (as Ron Bass)
2,399 ( 68)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Brooks Grant ...
Marie Nielsen
Josh Paddock ...
Ian Nielsen
Mrs. Jacobs
Maggie McCarthy ...
Stacey Jacobs
Wilma Bonet ...
Matt Salinger ...
Reverend Hanley
Best Friend Cindy
Woman in Car Accident (as June Lomena)
Paul P. Card IV ...


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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Plot Keywords:

heaven | soul mate | soul | hell | suicide | See All (58) »


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


Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$55,350,897 (USA) (25 December 1998)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is derived from William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" (Act 3, Scene 1): "To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil must give us pause..." See more »


At the end of the movie when Chris and Annie are reunited in "heaven", Annie has nicely tweezed eyebrows but then in the next shot she has thick eye brows. See more »


The Tracker: Elevator to Hell. Going up.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Family Guy: Brian's Got a Brand New Bag (2009) See more »


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 Fantastic Movies are Made Of!!!
20 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Ok, This movie was overlooked. Period. Before I saw it, I was one of the many movie going clones who decided not to see it in the theater because it hadn't been getting the rave reviews that the trailer suggested it should.

So, my roommate works at a video store. One night, he brings home "What Dreams May Come." For lack of NOTHING better to do, I pop it in one night when I'm home alone. 113 minutes later I was floored. This was a fantastic movie. At first, I was a bit skeptical. Very little character development creation, and death comes just as the introduction to life begins. Then......it all hits. The absolute best computer animation I've ever seen. A plot line that has no obvious holes. A story that has never been addressed on the big screen. A subject that is explored in a way that is both believable and desirable. An incredible movie that leaves you happy, sad, curious, and most of all, drained of energy and exhilarated at the same time. I can't explain the feeling that this movie gave me, and I bet you can't explain the after-life any better than "What Dreams May Come," unless your 3 letter name begins with "G" and ends with "D." If you have a mind that will allow you to be entertained by something other than a beefy guy blowing things up with an Uzi, see this movie. 10 out of 10 JimmyT-2

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