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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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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)

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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Trivia

The film was described by Emile Ardolino as "A romantic comedy about love, and the transforming effect it has on our characters' lives. It's about people who learn to live mortally in the present by letting go of the past. Imagine this happened to you: you're a normal person, and all of a sudden you get your memory back from your past life, and you realize that your girlfriend is your daughter, and her mother is your wife from your previous life. I was intrigued by the comic possibilities of this predicament. We've all probably gone to a place we've never been, and felt like we've been there before. We've met a person for the first time, and felt as though we've known them our entire lives." See more »

Goofs

The contribution check from Mavis Talmadge is made out to the "Smithsonian Institute." It is actually the "Smithsonian Institution." 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

FOREVER YOUNG
Written by Rod Stewart, Jim Cregan (as James Cregan), Kevin Savigar and Bob Dylan (uncredited)
Performed by Rod Stewart
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Sweet, romantic and funny
19 November 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A charming romantic comedy. The plot is a little too complicated--I tried to summarize it three times and I can't. Suffice to say it's worth seeing. The movie is funny, beautiful--the plot is totally unrealistic but it works. Everybody in the movie is so nice and everything looks so great--it creates a sweet, romantic feel through the entire film.

The acting is great--Robert Downey Jr. and Cybill Shepherd are in top form and enjoying every second of it. Ryan O'Neal and Mary Stuart Masterson are just OK but fine. If you're a sucker for good, sweet sentimental films (like me), catch this one. Also Downey looks great in his underwear!

Extra bonuses--the title song sung by Johnny Mathis and another great song "After All" sung by Cher and Peter Cetera.


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