After being dumped by his girlfriend, a boy runs away to California. But he ends up in heaven because he dies after trying to help a family from drowning in a river. In heaven he'll meet a beautiful girl, who has never reincarnated before.

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Alan Rudolph
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Mike Shea / Elmo Barnett
Kelly McGillis ... Annie Packert / Ally Chandler
Maureen Stapleton ... Aunt Lisa
Ann Wedgeworth ... Annette Shea
James Gammon ... Steve Shea
Mare Winningham ... Brenda Carlucci
Don Murray ... Ben Chandler
Tim Daly ... Tom Donnelly (as Timothy Daly)
David Rasche ... Donald Sumner
Amanda Plummer ... Wiley Foxx
Willard E. Pugh ... Guy Blanchard / Brian Dutton (as Willard Pugh)
Vyto Ruginis ... Lyman McCray
Neil Young ... Truck Driver
Tom Petty ... Stanky
Ric Ocasek ... Shark
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In 1952 while driving to California to start his life anew, twenty-something Mike Shea accidentally dies while doing a heroic act. Despite floundering in his life - he was having troubles holding a steady job and his supposed girlfriend was about to marry someone else - he was not ready to leave the living. In heaven, he learns that despite it being a fantastical other world existence, he still has human emotions, such as romantic love, which he feels for a "new" soul he meets named Annie Packert (i.e. she has never been among the living on Earth), who in turn loves him. He also learns that one's next life is somewhat predetermined by their stay in heaven. So when Annie is sent to Earth for her first go around as a human, Mike pleads with the man in charge at heaven, Emmett Humbird, to locate him in his next human life at least in the same country so that he can find Annie. Emmett reluctantly agrees, but only gives Mike thirty years in his next life to find her. Those next lives of ... Written by Huggo

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Ric Ocasek of The Cars also has a cameo, as the mechanic. See more »

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When Ally is being picked up from jail by her father, a sign on the wall reads "SEARCH YOUR PRISONER THOROUHGLY" See more »

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Annie: [Crashing home drunk] Oh Daddy! Why doesn't he love me?
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Coincidentally or not Emmett in the Hebrew language means 'Truth'. Seems very appropriate for the lead Angel of the movie to be thus named. See more »

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Features Notorious (1946) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
©1935 Birch Tree Group, Ltd.
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True love can always be found.
29 December 1998 | by Spiffy-TiffySee all my reviews

Anytime that a movie is made about heaven, there is always the chance that people may find it unbelievable. This was not the case in this wonderful movie.

Timothy Hutton first plays Mike, a young man who dies tragically saving the lives of a woman and her two kids.

Then he does the worst possible thing that he could do. He falls in love in Heaven. In this movie, no matter who you are in Heaven, you will return to Earth.

He falls in love with Annie, played majestically by Kelly McGillis.

To make a long story short, Annie returns to Earth. And Mike begs to be returned, in hopes to find Annie on Earth as he did in Heaven. He has until his Thirtieth Birthday to find her. With Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis leading the way,and wonderful supporting performances by Maureen Stapleton, Mare Winningham, Timothy Daly, and someone who we will just call Emmett, Made in Heaven will touch your heart, make you think, and will show you that you can always find true love.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Made in Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,678,154, 8 November 1987

Gross USA:

$4,572,845

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,572,845
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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