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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 Jeffries
Robert Downey Jr. ... Alex Finch
Ryan O'Neal ... Philip Train
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Miranda Jeffries
Christopher McDonald ... Louie Jeffries
Josef Sommer ... Judge Fenwick
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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What if.. A place you'd never seen, felt like home. A person you never met, felt like family. A life you never lived, felt like yours. For Alex, it's not just a feeling, it's real. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,664,386, 12 March 1989

Gross USA:

$16,278,590

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,278,590
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Real-life Washington Post journalist Benjamin C. Bradlee wasn't the only genuine Washington, D.C. article to appear in the movie. Ben Bradlee, in the film, is a real-life character based on Benjamin C. Bradlee, and is played in the movie by Henderson Forsythe. Perry Howze said: "We sent him (Bradlee) the script, and he and his wife Sally Quinn read it, and loved it. His only stipulation was to clean up his language. We had a few 'hells' and some choice expletives coming out of his mouth, and he said, 'for God's sake, get those four letter words out. I don't talk like that'." The real-life Bradlee later appeared in the documentary Fuck (2005). See more »

Goofs

The newspaper issue at the end shows the date to be Sunday August 7, 1989. August 7, 1989 was a Monday. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Today (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Nuestro Adios
Written by Rubén Blades
Performed by Rubén Blades
Courtesy of Elektra Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Chances Are, you'll like it!!!
18 April 2001 | by settemberSee all my reviews

I was always a big fan of this movie, first of all have you seen the cast, the acting is superb and help make this movie move along very well. Cybill Shepherd was given great reviews for her role, and they were well deserved. The beginning of this movie starts in the past when Corinne Jeffries (Cybill) whose picture-perfect marriage comes to a shattering halt when her husband Louie dies unexpectedly. Fortunately, Louse gets a second shot at life when he agrees to be "recycled" back to earth as the newborn Alex Finch (Robert Downey, JR). Alex goes on to live his new life forgetting his past life while Corinne tries to get on with hers. But fate crosses Alexs path 23 years later when he meets Corinne's daughter Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson) and is suddenly flooded with a wealth of unwanted memories (this is where the fun begins, and embarrassing situations occur.) The music is great and the scenes are heart felt and very cute. You wont be disappointed if you give it a chance, Chances Are you'll like it. Very funny and sweet!


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