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Chances Are (1989)

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A reincarnated man unknowingly falls in love with his own daughter from his previous life. Once he realizes this, he tries to end their relationship before angels erase his memory.

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Emile Ardolino
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cybill Shepherd ... Corinne / Wife
Robert Downey Jr. ... Alex
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Miranda / Louie and Corinne's daughter
Christopher McDonald ... Louie / Husband
Ryan O'Neal ... Philip / Louie's friend
Josef Sommer ... Fenwick / Judge
Joe Grifasi ... Omar
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Ben Bradlee
Susan Ruttan ... Woman in the Bookstore
Lester Lanin Lester Lanin ... Conductor
Richard DeAngelis ... Hot Dog Vendor
Franchelle Stewart Dorn Franchelle Stewart Dorn ... Receptionist (as Franchelle Dorn)
Jacquelyn Drake Jacquelyn Drake ... Bradlee's Secretary
Don Richards Don Richards ... Bonino's Defense Attorney
June Thorne June Thorne ... Clerk of the Court
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Storyline

Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated as Alex Finch, and twenty years later, fate brings Alex and Louie's daughter, Miranda, together. It's not until Alex is invited to Louie's home that he begins to remember his former life, wife and best friend. Of course, there's also the problem that he's attracted to Louie's/his own daughter. Written by Rob Hartill

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Alex has a lifetime full of wonderful memories. Unfortunately, they're not his. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chances Are See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,278,590
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The car Cybill Shepherd takes out of storage in the garage is a red 1963 Volkswagen convertible with a white top. See more »

Goofs

During the seduction between Alex and Corinne in front of the sofa, as they are disrobing you can see that Corinne is barefooted. As Philip enters the room and the fight scene begins there is a quick shot of Corinne with shoes now back on her feet. See more »

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[first lines]
Philip Train: [Philip the best friend and best man, tells Louie the groom, he's in love with Corinne the soon-to-be married bride] Louie. There's something I have to tell you.
Louie Jeffries: [as Corinne walks up the aisle in her wedding dress] Now?
Philip Train: I'm in love with Corinne.
Louie Jeffries: [Louie smiles not taking his eyes off Corinne] I know.
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IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY
Written by Frank Guida (as Frank J. Guida), Carmela Guida and Joseph Royster
Performed by Jimmy Soul
Courtesy of Rock Masters, Inc.
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Charming Romantic Comedy
19 April 2004 | by harry-76See all my reviews

Writers Perry and Randy Howze crafted a very engaging little story in "Chances Are."

Using the idea of a reincarnated man who happens to return to his former wife's home many years later, the plot takes unexpected, delightful turns.

Twenty four year old Robert Downey, Jr. renders a delightful performance, ably assisted by Cybil Shepherd as the widow and Ryan O'Neal as a good friend.

This trio has just the right chemistry for this caper, playing off one another with a graceful style. I've watched this film a number of times on tv, and each time found it most enjoyable.


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