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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.



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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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

heaven | soul | hell | soul mate | 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)


£1,531,653 (UK) (15 January 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the book by Richard Matheson, Chris Nielsen has four children. In the movie, he has two children who died four years previously before he died. In the book, Albert Lewis is his cousin who was sickly when they were young, and died at an early age. In the movie, Albert Lewis is Chris Nielsen's doctor who passed away before him. See more »


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


Chris Nielsen: What's true in our minds is true, whether some people know it or not.
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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 The Exes: What Dreams May Come (2015) See more »


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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life after death?
3 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent movie.....I laughed and cried. It was not exactly what I expected... a journey into a supernatural realm. The special effects were simply awesome! Robin Williams will never cease to amaze me. He gave a wonderful performance, as did Annabella Sciora, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. True love, the kind that puts your partner before yourself, is clearly shown in this film. The film also makes you what to call everyone you haven't talked to for a while and let them know how you feel about them. It gives the viewer lots to discuss. I've seen it 3 times. Once alone, once with my grown daughter, and once with my boyfriend.

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