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.


Emile Ardolino
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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


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 »


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The amount of time between husband Louie Jeffries (Christopher McDonald) passing away in 1964, and then returning as another person inside Alex Finch's (Robert Downey, Jr.'s) body in 1987, was twenty-three years. See more »


Alex spills ice cubes on the sofa, but they have disappeared by the time he has finished recalling Louie's and Corinne's wedding (there's not enough time for them to have melted, although he could have been clearing up while we weren't looking). See more »


[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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Referenced in Tony (2009) See more »


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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Delightful Romantic Comedy
2 April 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The lawyer Louie (Christopher McDonald) and the museum curator Corinne (Cybill Shepherd) are in love with each other. Corinne is pregnant and Louis schedules to have dinner in a restaurant with his beloved wife. However, a car hits him and he dies. He awakes in heaven and asks to reincarnate a.s.a.p. to be with Corinne. However the angel forgets to erase his memory when he returns to Earth. Twenty-three years later, Corinne has not forgotten Louis; she has a daughter, Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson) that is in law school; and Louis´ best friend Philip (Ryan O'Neal) is close to the family. One day, Alex (Robert Downey Jr), who is Louis´ reincarnation, stumbles upon Miranda and fells attracted for her. She invites him to meet her family and he sees Corinne, bringing recollection and the feelings of his previous life. What will Alex do?

"Chances Are" is a delightful romantic comedy from the 80´s. It is impressive how creative were the writers and screenwriters in this decade. Even thirty and something years later, these comedies are still cult. "Chances Are" is no exception and it is a tremendous family entertainment in the present days. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Céu se Enganou" ("The Heaven Has Mistaken")

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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,664,386, 12 March 1989

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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