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He Sees You When You're Sleeping (2002)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  28 December 2003 (Spain)
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Mary Higgins Clark's Christmas fantasy tells the tale of Sterling Brooks, a self-absorbed stock-broker who is killed in a freak accident. In order to secure a heavenly future, Sterling is ... See full summary »

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Annie Campbell
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Marissa Campbell
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Eddie Badgett
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Hans Kramer
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Sean O'Brien
Roger Haskett ...
Decker
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Rich Meyers (as Landy Canon)
Rheta Hutton ...
Heddy-Anna Badgett (as Rheta With An 'H')
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Mary Higgins Clark's Christmas fantasy tells the tale of Sterling Brooks, a self-absorbed stock-broker who is killed in a freak accident. In order to secure a heavenly future, Sterling is given the chance to redeem himself by reuniting a family. Written by Anonymous

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His last good deed may be their only chance.


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a lovely sentimental story wrecked
3 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Call me a glutton for punishment, but I usually watch Mary Higgins Clark's stories turned into films, even though they're generally schlockily produced, slow as molasses, badly acted and accompanied by Psycho music. I can't believe I'm writing this, but I'd almost rather see Grosso-Jacobsen, who normally produce movies from her books, than Lifetime.

The film stars Cameron Bancroft, one of the worst actors I've ever seen, as Sterling Brooks, a self-absorbed stock broker who is killed by a traveling golf ball (probably to stop him from yelling all his lines at the top of his lungs) and goes to the other side (cue the dry ice). There he meets Joe, played by another great thespian, Greg Evigan, trying but failing to speak with some sort of British accent who is supposed to help him qualify for heaven since right now, his fate hasn't been decided.

Joe and Sterling return to earth and Sterling learns that he has to help his old girlfriend Annie (Erika Eleniak) and her daughter (Nickol Tschenscher). Annie overheard mobsters talking and planning to set fire to a house and follow it up with a murder, and her evidence is critical in a case against them. She has been under protection and separated from her daughter, who is miserable. Joe wants Sterling to make sure they're reunited, and with the girl's father, for Christmas.

Eleniak owns this type of film, so she knows how to handle herself. In this production, she plays a singer who does jazzed up versions of Christmas songs. I'm not talking about jazzing up Jolly Old St. Nick, she's jazzing up hymns like Silent Night.

This story has similarities to Ghost and It's a Wonderful Life, and Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark can write good stories that don't make for heavy reading. "He Sees You When You're Sleeping" could have been a lovely Christmas story and a real tear-jerker, but for me, the acting wrecked it. I say spend a little extra money and get another one or two good actors and throw in a good director. You might be surprised at the results.


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