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Heaven Can Wait (1978)

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Pendleton
... Betty Logan
... Mr. Jordan
... Max Corkle
... Tony Abbott
... Julia Farnsworth
... The Escort
... Krim
... Sisk
... Bentley
... Everett
... Corinne
Jeannie Linero ... Lavinia
Harry D.K. Wong ... Gardener
George J. Manos ... Security Guard
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Joe Pendleton is a football quarterback preparing to lead his team to the Superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he was not ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. Another body must be found without his death being discovered, and that of a recently murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant, the murderers, are confused by this development, as he buys the Los Angeles Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl. At the same time, he falls in love with an English environmental activist who disapproves of his policies and actions. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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28 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cielo puede esperar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,192,799, 2 July 1978, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,640,278
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Trivia

Coast to Coast (1980) reunited actress Dyan Cannon with the Paramount Pictures Studio who had about two years earlier had made this Warren Beatty romantic-comedy fantasy film Heaven Can Wait (1978) which co-stars Cannon for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award (Oscar) nomination. Coast to Coast (1980) provided Cannon with a new vehicle for her talents but this time with a comedic lead role in a brand new Paramount Pictures production. The Oscar nomination for Heaven Can Wait (1978) has been said to have lead Cannon to be cast in the lead female role for Coast to Coast (1980). See more »

Goofs

During the long scene at the wishing well, the wellhead alternates between being in sunshine and being in the shade. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jordan: The likelihood of one individual being right increases in direct proportion to the intensity with which others are trying to prove him wrong.
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Version of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
By Mildred J. Hill
and Patty S. Hill
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19 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

6.9 is not a terrible score on here, but for a movie of this quality it is a shame. I very rarely have given a film a 9 and it is very unusual for me to give a higher than average score. This was my favorite movie when I was a kid and when I saw it again recently I was just as impressed as an adult. The cast was excellent and they managed to evoke much emotion out of a fairy tale like story. One of the few remakes worthy of discussion. I would consider this a must see for anyone who has any kind of feelings whatsoever.


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