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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12,000 babies will be born in the United States today. Two will already have fallen in love. See more »


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Trivia

Timothy Hutton & James Tolkan previously collaborated in Iceman (1984) & Turk 182 (1985). See more »

Goofs

As Mike is driving around town, drinking and smoking, he tosses his cigarette out of the window just before he swerves and spins to avoid a car coming straight towards him. In the next shot, he is holding the same cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Annie: You know what we've never done. We've never... danced. I'm going arent I?
Mike: Yes.
Annie: Don't be sad. Don't get sad mike.
Mike: Why does it have to be you?
Annie: It's not sad. I'm going to be somebody's baby.
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Crazy Credits

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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Mr. Soul
Written by Neil Young
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
Produced by Charles Greene and Brian Stone
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Courtesy of Cotillion Music, Inc.
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Strikes a chord
11 February 2001 | by chasey_07450See all my reviews

Watching this movie strikes a chord like no other movie I have ever seen. I first saw it several years ago, and it gripped me from the top of my head to the bottom of my toes. I cried like a baby while viewing this movie... not because it made me sad, but because it "evoked a memory of an intangible experience I am not certain I have had yet".

I continue to be challenged by the possibility this movie represents... Whenever I see this movie playing on cable, I try to flick off it... but am inexorably drawn to it... and must watch it in its entirety.

Thats just the way it is...


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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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