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What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  2 October 1998 (USA)
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After dying in a car crash a man searches the afterlife for his wife.



(novel), (screenplay) (as Ron Bass)
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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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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  »

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£1,531,653 (UK) (15 January 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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One of a small number of films shot on Fuji Velvia (RVM) film stock. Velvia is a type of film used most frequently for still photography of landscapes and other subjects because of its very high color saturation. It is only rarely employed for cinematography, usually when special effects are required. See more »


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 »


Albert: Bring Mom back. You can do it. I believe in you. Did you ever stop to think why I became Albert? He was the only man you ever listened to. Listen to me now. Think of Mom.
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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 »


Referenced in Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2009) See more »


Hymn II, from Three Sacred Hymns
Composed by Alfred Shnitke
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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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