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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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Corinne / Wife
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Alex
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Miranda / Louie and Corinne's daughter
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Louie / Husband
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Philip / Louie's friend
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Fenwick / Judge
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Omar
Henderson Forsythe ...
Ben Bradlee
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Woman in the Bookstore
Lester Lanin ...
Conductor
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Hot Dog Vendor
Franchelle Stewart Dorn ...
Receptionist (as Franchelle Dorn)
Jacquelyn Drake ...
Bradlee's Secretary
Don Richards ...
Bonino's Defense Attorney
June Thorne ...
Clerk of the Court
Nat Benchley ...
Marshall
Cliff McMullen ...
Marshall
Carey Hauser ...
Paramedic
Laura Lee Stetzel ...
Paramedic
Max Trumpower ...
First Minister
Dennis Mancini ...
Second Minister
Katie Schwarz ...
Limbodrome Staff
Margi Holland ...
Limbodrome Staff
Andrew Reilly ...
Limbodrome Staff
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Mavis Talmadge
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Dr. Bailey
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Richard
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Sally
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Mrs. Handy
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Archibald Blair
Martin Garner ...
Mr. Zellerbach
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Anthony Bonino
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Aide at Smithsonian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Caulfield ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Gillian Doyle ...
Woman (uncredited)
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Girl On Carousel (uncredited)
Maurice Schwartzman ...
Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Emile Ardolino

Written by

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Perry Howze ... (written by) &
Randy Howze ... (written by)

Produced by

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Leslie Benziger ... associate producer
Andrew Bergman ... executive producer
Mike Lobell ... producer
Neil A. Machlis ... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)

Music by

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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William A. Fraker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Harry Keramidas

Editorial Department

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Eric C. Daroca ... apprentice editor
Duane Hartzell ... additional editor
Alexandra Leviloff ... first assistant editor
Janet Fiona Mason ... assistant editor
Martin Nelson ... second assistant editor: Washington D.C.

Casting By

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Mike Fenton
Judy Taylor

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J. Dennis Washington ... (as Dennis Washington)

Set Decoration by

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Robert R. Benton

Costume Design by

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Albert Wolsky

Makeup Department

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Peter Garofalo ... makeup artist: Washington D.C.
Romaine Greene ... hair stylist: Washington D.C.
Lynda Gurasich ... hair stylist: Ms. Shepherd
Susan V. Kalinowski ... hair stylist (as Susan Kalinowski)
Norman T. Leavitt ... makeup artist: Ms. Shepherd
Cheri Minns ... makeup artist
Kaori N. Turner ... body makeup artist: Ms. Shepherd (as Kaori Turner)

Production Management

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Neil A. Machlis ... unit production manager
Ted Zachary ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yudi Bennett ... first assistant director
Sharon Gerhard ... second second assistant director
Donald J. Lee Jr. ... second assistant director: Washington D.C.
Aldric La'auli Porter ... first assistant director: Washington D.C. (as Aldric Porter)
Jack Priestley ... second unit director
Tena Psyche Yatroussis ... second assistant director

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Frank L. Brown ... props
Jerry Gadette ... stand-by painter (as Gerald Gadette)
Perry Gray ... set designer
Mike Higelmire ... set dresser
Gary Kudroff ... set dresser
Larry Lennert ... greensman
Fred Lucky ... production illustrator
Greg Lynch ... set dresser
C.J. Maguire ... property master
Richard McKenzie ... set designer
Dan Ondrejko ... greensman (as Daniel Ondrejko)
William Powley ... paint foreman (as Bill Powley)
S. Bruce Wineinger ... construction coordinator (as Bruce Wineinger)
William Kemper Wright ... leadman (as William Wright)
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Luigi Mugavero ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jeff Bushelman ... sound editor
Charles L. Campbell ... supervising sound editor
Paul Timothy Carden ... sound editor
Larry Carow ... sound editor
Dean Drabin ... foley mixer
Louis L. Edemann ... sound editor
Richard C. Franklin ... supervising sound editor
David Gertz ... dubbing recordist
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer
Nils C. Jensen ... sound editor
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Pamela G. Kimber ... assistant sound editor
C. Darin Knight ... production sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Donald J. Malouf ... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely ... sound editor
Mel Neiman ... processed effects
Bill Nelson ... production sound mixer
Alan L. Nineberg ... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Terry Porter ... assistant sound editor
Rod Rogers ... assistant adr editor
Larry Singer ... supervising adr editor
Mychal Smith ... cableman
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist
Jules Strasser ... boom operator
Allen Hurd ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Stan Parks ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Alexandra Menapace ... motion control operator (uncredited)

Stunts

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G.A. Aguilar ... stunts (as George Aguilar)
Corey Michael Eubanks ... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Phil H. Fravel ... stunts (as Phil Fravel)
Johnny Hock ... stunts (as John Hock)
Sean Kelly ... stunts
John Moio ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Spike Silver ... stunts
Jerry Summers ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gerald H. Boatright ... gaffer (as Jerry Boatright)
Sandy Brooke ... first assistant camera: Washington D.C.
David E. Diano ... camera operator (as David Diano)
Gemma La Mana ... still photographer (as Gemma La Mana-Wills)
Norman Lang ... electrician
Greg Langham ... electrician
Al LaVerde ... key grip
Marc Margulies ... first assistant camera
Chris Moseley ... second assistant camera
Jeffrey Pentek ... electrician
John Powers ... grip
Jack Priestley ... director of photography: Washington D.C.
Michael Steciuk ... grip
Stuart Stein ... second assistant camera: Washington D.C.
William H. Steiner ... camera operator: Washington D.C. (as William Steiner Jr.)
Ty Suehiro ... best boy grip
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert ... electrician (as Mike Van Woert)
Greg Walters ... second assistant camera
Clay H. Wilson ... dolly grip (as Clay Wilson)
Edmond Wright ... grip
Don Yamasaki ... electrical best boy

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bruce Ericksen ... costume supervisor: men
Richard Mahoney ... costumer
Ruby K. Manis ... costume supervisor: women
George Potts ... assistant costume designer: Washington D.C.
Lori Stilson ... wardrobe assistant: Ms. Shepherd

Location Management

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Robbie Goldstein ... location manager
Mario Iscovich ... location manager
Stuart Neumann ... location manager: Washington D.C.
Michael Schultz ... location catering (as Mike Schultz)

Music Department

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Nick 'Beemer' Basich ... assistant scoring engineer
Dan Carlin Sr. ... supervising music editor
Ethan Chase ... assistant scoring engineer
Kathy Durning ... music editor
Maurice Jarre ... conductor
Lester Lanin ... conductor: Lester Lanin Orchestra
Joel Moss ... music recordist
Frank Wolf ... music recordist
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
David Campbell ... arranger/orchestrator/conductor (uncredited)
Patrick Russ ... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Joel Marrow ... transportation coordinator
Kenny Searle ... transportation captain
Joseph Sullivan ... driver
Gilbert Young ... transportation captain: Washington D.C.

Other crew

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Nick Corello ... assistant: Mr. Downey
Katharine Ann Curtiss ... production coordinator
Miranda Garrison ... choreographer
Barbara Gutman ... assistant accountant
Michele Imperato ... assistant production coordinator
Shelley Kirkwood ... unit publicist
Pamela Kuri ... production assistant (as Pam Kuri)
Kim Magnusson ... production assistant
Carolyn Mock ... assistant accountant
Maggie Murphy ... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Lindsey Nakashima ... dispatcher: Washington D.C.
Jennifer Neiman ... production accountant
Tim Pedegana ... assistant: Mr. Ardolino
Steven Stone ... legal technical advisor: Washington D.C.
Cynnie Troup ... script supervisor
Jane E. Urbanczyk ... production assistant: Washington D.C. (as Jane Urbanczyk)
Jim Vatis ... production assistant (as James Vatis)
Jan Walker ... assistant: Mr. Lobell
Marc Zachary ... production assistant
Jack E. Herman ... extras set coordinator (uncredited)

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Howell Conant ... acknowledgment: Life Magazines courtesy of, Life Magazine
Mark Kauffman ... acknowledgment: Life Magazines courtesy of, Life Magazine
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Le ciel s'est trompé (France)
  • El cielo se equivocó (Spain)
  • Wszystko jest mozliwe (Poland)
  • Lui, moi, elle et l'autre (Canada, French title)
  • Erastes apo palia (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Budget $16,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The on-screen chemistry of Cybill Shepherd and Robert Downey, Jr. reflected an off-screen rapport that developed as Shepherd helped Downey ease into his role. Downey said, "Cybill helped me to take my time at what I was doing. She taught me that I didn't have to be talking every minute, 'It's alright if you just look at me for five seconds and don't say anything', she'd say." 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Chances Are/Paperhouse/The 'Burbs/Bert Rigby, You're a Fool/High Hopes (1989). See more »
Soundtracks AFTER ALL (Love theme from CHANCES ARE) See more »
Quotes [Miranda sneaks into Alex's bedroom and into his bed wearing only lingerie, crawling under the sheets with him]
Alex Finch: [Alex thinking it's Corinne, invitingly responds] Hi, darling.
Miranda Jeffries: [Miranda whispers] Shh! Mom's next door.
Alex Finch: [Alex sits up turning on the bedroom light] What are you doing here?
Miranda Jeffries: What does it look like I'm doing?
Alex Finch: Miranda!
[Alex covers his naked chest with the blanket sheet]
Miranda Jeffries: What?
Alex Finch: [Alex sounding like a father says] It's way past your bedtime. Go to your room!
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