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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?


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


There are two boys on a ride. Eddie helps the one boy get out and he is handed a blue balloon. Then he helps the other boy out and his wife Marguerite hands that boy a yellow balloon. The camera then pans over to the boys heading to their mom but both boys are holding blue balloons instead of one blue and one yellow. 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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The best adaptation of a novel I've ever seen.
9 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On my summer reading book list one of the choices was Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet In Heaven. The story sounded interesting and there was a lot of fuss about it, so out of curiosity I decided to read the book and see for myself. The book was a stunning and fascinating piece of drama I have ever read and will always remain one of my favorite books. After finishing the book and hearing there was a movie version of it on DVD I just had to rent it. In all my life, I had never seen a movie more loyal to the book. The dialog was straight from the book, no ab libbing that was close to the story. The description was better than I pictured the images in the book. But the best part was the actors in the movie. I would have never imagined Jon Voight as Eddie Maintenance, that was a smart move. Another part that I would suggest to the people reading this review is the lesson learned in this film. Maybe your life means nothing to you, but you'd be surprised what your life means to others.

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