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Writers (WGA):
James Van Praagh (book)
John Pielmeier (written by)
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Release Date:
28 April 2002 (USA) See more »
The dead are talking. One man is listening.
A man begins to have disturbing visions of dead people, among whom are his mother and victims of a local serial killer. The detective investigating the murders looks to him for help in solving the case. | Full synopsis »
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Excellent - no other word See more (29 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ted Danson ... James Van Praagh

Mary Steenburgen ... Detective Karen Condrin

Diane Ladd ... Regina Van Praagh

Michael Moriarty ... Adrian, Psychic
Donna White

Connor Widdows ... Young James Van Praagh
Joy Coghill ... Mrs. Ziff

Jay Brazeau ... Psychiatrist
Maggie Blue O'Hara ... Sandy - Andy's deaf sister

Queen Latifah ... Midge Harmon

Jack Palance ... Allan Van Praagh

Reece Thompson ... Andy, Abducted Boy
Neil Denis ... Dennis Branston
Mikela Jay ... Young Regina Van Praagh (as Mikela J. Mikael)

Eric Breker ... Young Allan Van Praagh
Lindsay Bourne ... Priest

Kavan Smith ... Matt

Hiro Kanagawa ... Frank the Business Consultant
Bill Meilen ... Eli Ziff

John B. Lowe ... David Ziff
Henry O. Watson ... Walter Branston

Veena Sood ... Mrs. Morse, School Teacher

David Kaye ... Gideon Morse

James Kirk ... Eddie Katz, Molly's Son

Joel Palmer ... Second Boy
Ben Johnson ... Third Boy
Branden Nadon ... Fourth Boy
Matthew Brevner ... Fifth Boy

Jaren Brandt Bartlett ... Sixth Boy
Bethoe Shirkoff ... James' Grandmother

Michael Eklund ... Ronnie Higgins
Ben Baxter ... Billy, Boy in Schoolyard
Nancy Sivak ... Sister Mary Edward
Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Nun (as Karen Austin)
Dee Jay Jackson ... Police Desk Sergeant (as Deejay Jackson)
Klodyne Rodney ... Nurse

Kwesi Ameyaw ... Doctor

Lorena Gale ... Midge's Grandmother
Richard Sali ... News Vendor
David Petersen ... Karen's Father
Jessica Schreier ... Psychiatrist's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patti Allan ... Coroner
Norman Armour ... Minister

Nahanni Arntzen ... Nurse

Simone Bailly ... Amy Condrin

Chilton Crane ... Jennifer

Linda Darlow ... Linda the Florist
Jason Gaffney ... Ben

Fred Henderson ... Lester

Tim Henry ... Richard

Lauren Holly ... James's (Danson) wife
Sadie Lawrence ... Interpreter
Don MacKay ... Old Man
David Makay ... Mailman
Larry Musser ... Arnie
John Sampson ... Irate Driver

James Van Praagh ... Organ Player

Directed by
Stephen Gyllenhaal 
Writing credits
James Van Praagh (book "Talking To Heaven")

John Pielmeier (written by)

Produced by
Scott W. Anderson .... co-executive producer
Richard J. Anobile .... associate producer
Stanley M. Brooks .... executive producer
Preston Fischer .... producer
Greg Gugliotta .... executive producer
Stephen Gyllenhaal .... co-executive producer
Shanna Nussbaum .... executive producer (as Shanna Tyndall)
John Pielmeier .... co-producer
James Van Praagh .... co-producer
Original Music by
Normand Corbeil 
Cinematography by
Jeff Jur 
Film Editing by
Neil Mandelberg 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
Production Design by
Brent Thomas 
Art Direction by
Roxanne Methot 
Set Decoration by
Mary-Lou Storey 
Costume Design by
Trish Keating 
Makeup Department
Melina Calogiros .... hair stylist
Angelina P. Cameron .... hair department head
Stan Edmonds .... makeup department head
Marsha Lewis .... hair stylist: Ms. Ladd
Charles Porlier .... key makeup artist: Mr. Danson
Roy Sidick .... hair stylist: Mr. Danson (as Roy A. Sidick)
Production Management
Mary Eilts .... production manager
Damian Ganczewski .... executive in charge of production
Danielle Zalaznick .... production supervisor: Los Angeles
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Dashkewytch .... first assistant director
Jody Ryan .... trainee assistant director
Michael Shandley .... second assistant director
Art Department
Maureen Carey .... set decoration buyer
Gerri Crawford .... props
Michelle Hendriksen .... assistant property master
Neil McLeod .... property master
Nick Richardson .... on-set dresser
Patrick Romine .... construction coordinator
Norm Spence .... paint coordinator
Sound Department
Alek Bromke .... adr assistant
William Butler .... sound mixer
Richard Calistan .... adr editor
Alison Clark .... sound effects editor
Rob Hegedus .... dialogue editor
Ken Lee .... second boom operator (as Kenny Lee)
Cory Mandel .... sound re-recording mixer
Martin Mitchell .... boom operator
Victor Oland .... dialogue editor
James Porteous .... sound re-recording mixer
Ed Poty .... adr editor
Elma Bello .... assistant sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Amanda Paller .... special effects assistant
Gary Paller .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Louise Barkholt .... visual effects producer
Kathryn Bolt .... digital compositor
Debora Dunphy .... digital compositor
Aruna Inversin .... digital compositor
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects coordinator
Tom Turnbull .... visual effects supervisor (as Thomas Turnbull)
Rick Moore .... stunt double
John Sampson .... stunt coordinator
John Sampson .... stunt double: Ted Dansen
Lori Stewart .... stunt driver
Suzi Stingl .... stunt double: Andy
Camera and Electrical Department
Fraser Boyle .... key grip
Bob Findlay .... first assistant camera
Glen Forrieter .... dolly grip
Stephen Jackson .... gaffer
Robyn Link .... camera loader: re-shoots
David Lourie .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Niel Rasmussen .... grip
Trig Singer .... camera operator
Ted Smith .... first assistant b camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting: Canada
Andrea Brown .... extras casting
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Wendy O'Brien .... casting associate
Wendy Spooner .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janice Swayze .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Eric Davidson .... assistant editor
Rob Evans .... colorist: high definition video
Will Hearn .... on-line editor: HDTV
Location Management
Fiona Crossley .... location manager
Ken Hovgaard .... assistant location manager: second unit
Ken Hovgaard .... location scout
Music Department
Peter Fuchs .... score mixer
Roger Hewett .... conductor
Roger Hewett .... orchestrator
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
Transportation Department
David R. Anderson .... transportation coordinator
Ian Thompson .... picture cars
Other crew
Ed Baran .... publicist
Kevin Bolton .... production assistant
Amanda Bronswyk .... payroll accountant
Ian Doig .... animal coordinator
Byron Drinkle .... playback coordinator
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Jason Gilmore .... production assistant
Laurie Hayes .... production accountant
Jared Howitt .... office production assistant
Sharon Ingram .... production coordinator (as Sharon P. Ingram)
Kenneth Kantymir .... stand-in: Ted Danson
Laura Livingstone .... second assistant production coordinator
Grace MacLeod .... animal trainer
Peter Madamba .... script researcher
Jackie Pytel .... assistant: Mr. Fischer
Hayley Stewart-Moran .... assistant: Mr. Gyllenhaal
William Sy .... assistant: Mr. Brooks
Carrie Van Hoy .... assistant: Ms. Tyndall

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Talking to Heaven" - International (English title) (alternative title), USA (working title)
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Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing content, and thematic elements
UK:142 min | USA:240 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

James Van Praagh, the author of the book this film is based on and real-life version of Ted Danson's character, appears in this film as the organ player.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Sixth Sense (1999)See more »


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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Excellent - no other word, 16 December 2002
Author: x-lechard from Noisy le sec, France

I didn't expect much from that film. I was wrong. A man who can see the dead and talk with them is a risky subject. Besides, made for television movies dealing with supernatural events are often disappointing. Producers and directors seem to be afraid to scare audience in any way, and network self-censure doesn't improve that. "Living With The Dead" is a miraculous exception that could break the rule - if television gives us more like this. The actors are all excellent, with a special mention to Ted Danson, who probably gives here his finest performance. Mary Steenburgen is fine too, and both Jack Palance and Diane Ladd are too famous for I say how good they are. The screenplay is excellent, one of the best in TV's history. It alternates chilling and moving moments without any false note, using misdirection and red herrings with consummate skill. The whodunit is remarkably held and will let you guessing until the end. Characters are well-drawn, three-dimensional, not the puppets that one usually see in that kind of productions. A closer look reveals an intelligent reflection on death and how deal with it behind the thriller elements. And don't forget the most important thing: it REALLY SCARES. As I've said above, TV movies are rather weak on that. Not "Living With The Dead", that had me starting, shouting and shuddering more than once, without any gory effect. Kudos to the director. So if you like first-rate ghost stories, that one is a must-see for you. Don't miss it. Maybe the dead are behind you... Don't displease them!

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