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Made in Heaven (1987)

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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

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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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hecho en el cielo 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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Neil Young has a cameo as a truck driver. In the scene where Mike/Elmo is sitting on the side of the road, Neil pulls up in a large truck, asks him where he's going, and then says, "Well, you don't know where you're going, it don't matter what road you take". A slightly different version of those words appear in the song "We Never Danced" which plays near the end of the movie and is sung by Martha Davis of The Motels. The song was written by Neil Young and his own version appears on his 1987 album "Life". 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

Mike: Annie... I'd like to marry you.
Annie: According to heaven, we already are.
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Romance
Written by Bill Berry (as Berry) / Peter Buck (as Buck) / Mike Mills (as Mills) / Michael Stipe (as Stipe)
Performed by R.E.M.
Produced by R.E.M. and Scott Litt
Courtesy of IRS Records
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A Beautiful Romance
29 March 1999 | by Margaret-6See all my reviews

This is my all-time favourite movie - I never tire of watching it and it's not just due to the lovely Tim Hutton!

A beautiful story of soul mates who meet and fall in love in heaven only to be parted and for them to find love (against all odds) again on Earth. Besides the wonderful leads this movie also features such diverse talents as Debra Winger, Ellen Barkin, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Matraca Berg etc. and the wonderful Neil Young penned song "We've Never Danced" sung by the talented Martha Davis.

A film not to miss.


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