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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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?


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 »


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 »


Chris Nielsen: Is that a kind of occupational hazard of soul mates? One's not much without the other?
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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 Godzilla: The Series: What Dreams May Come (1998) 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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13 December 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was EXCELLENT the first time I saw it about 3 years ago and I saw it twice since. I bought the DVD just a few days ago and watched it again tonight and I cried so much. It is an amazing movie that really has you on your seat wondering what will happen next. It is neat to see the possible reality of one's "after-life" in heaven or hell. It makes you want to love those whom you love more and more every day and make sure that they know it. I was watching it tonight with my fiancé and could not keep the tears from coming....even after the movie I was crying because I was thinking about how I would feel if I lost him. I am not one to cry much, especially when I'm watching a movie. But this movie was a definite tear-jerker and an excellent must-see film! :o)

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