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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)

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 ... See full summary »



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


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...


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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?


The newspaper headline in Eddie's apartment reads, "Police Doubt Fire Was Accidental". The same headline appears in the movie Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and is where the character gets her name. 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 leg. Then in next scene the right leg is bandaged. 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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You Made Me Love You
written by James V. Monaco ( as J. Monaco) and Joseph McCarthy (as J. McCarthy)
performed by John Pizzarelli and Janine Albom
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how we affect each other even in small ways
3 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom for a counseling class. I loved the book. Then I saw the Five People you meet in heaven. My husband and 15 yr old watched the movie together. It impacted my 15 yr old. We impact each person we meet even though we may never see them again, we have made an impact in that life. We cried and laughed at the same time. Very touching, I recommend it. I could not understand at first Tala asking him to wash her, but then it did. I also read the book the next day. I noticed that both books are related in the impact we all have with each other. I enjoyed the ending, although I will not reveal it. I though Jon Voight did a great job playing Eddie. Recommend the books and the movies.

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