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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)

An elderly amusement park maintenance man, Eddie, is trapped in purgatory and the only way out is to confront five people from his past. Unfortunately, dark secrets from his service in the Philippines begin to haunt him.



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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Jenkins ...
Eddie's Mother
Callahan Brebner ...
Eddie - Boy
Nicaela Weigel ...
Shelbie Weigel ...
Joe - Young


On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to his corporeal existence who help him understand the meaning of his life. Written by Anonymous

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All ending are beginnings. We just don't know it at the time...


Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

24 April 2005 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven'  »


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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Goodman was originally cast to play Eddie but dropped out. See more »


When Eddie's mother tries to get him out of bed after his leg injury, his left leg is bandaged instead of the right. In next shot into the mirror, it looks like his right leg is bandaged when, in fact, it is his left leg's reflection. See more »


[first lines]
Ruby: [narrating] This is a story about a man named Eddie. And it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. You might think it's strange to start a story with an ending, but all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time.
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Written by Johnny Burke (as J. Burke) and Jimmy Van Heusen (as J. van Heusen)
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11 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie - enough to want to see it again and/or purchase the DVD if it comes out.

My husband had read the book beforehand, but I had not. I thought it was riveting. In trying to explain the ending to my husband, I was so "into" it that I just couldn't help but cry while trying to talk. I was there emotionally, in the movie.

To me, a good movie or book is one that grips you, holds your attention. This movie did just that. I don't know that heaven will be this way or not.

My Bible doesn't say that it will be, but we all have our opinions of what we think Heaven will be like. It was a beautiful story, and said, in a nutshell, that no life is worthless. We all touch and affect people every day, sometimes in ways that we will never know in this life.

I think it's definitely a movie worth seeing!

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