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 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 »


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Show-business trade-paper "Variety" said of this movie in its review, "Here comes Chances Are, and there goes Mr. Jordan", a reference to the earlier heavenly comedy Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), which had been remade as Heaven Can Wait (1978). See more »

Goofs

As Alex and Corinne are getting undressed, Alex's underpants change from white or light blue boxers in the close-up to darker blue boxers with white trim in the long shot. 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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References Today (1952) See more »

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It's Impossible
Written by Sid Wayne and Armando Manzanero
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User Reviews

Very enjoyable!
6 January 2002 | by CherobSee all my reviews

I saw 'Chances Are' with Cybill Shepherd, Ryan O'Neal, Robert Downey, Jr. and Mary Stuart Masterson today on cable, after having seen it many times before. I've always liked it. I liked the plotline of a loved one returning in another's body and being able to express earlier unsaid feelings and take care of 'unfinished business' in a warmhearted and comedic way. Yes, it's a total fantasy, but still, we can dream! I like all of the principal actors and find Robert Downey Jr. adorable. The music was also very enjoyable, as Johnny Mathis sings the title tune (obviously : ) ), and the theme-'After All'- written by Tom Snow and performed by Cher and Peter Cetera, has a great sound. This wouldn't be on the top of my list for rentals, but if you catch it on tv or cable, I think you'll enjoy it.


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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)

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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