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Heart and Souls (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 13 August 1993 (USA)
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An unhappy businessman finds a new sense of purpose after he's tasked with helping a quartet of ghosts fulfill their last wishes before moving on to the afterlife.

Director:

Ron Underwood

Writers:

Gregory Hansen (short film), Gregory Hansen (screen story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Thomas Reilly
Charles Grodin ... Harrison Winslow
Alfre Woodard ... Penny Washington
Kyra Sedgwick ... Julia
Tom Sizemore ... Milo Peck
David Paymer ... Hal the Bus Driver
Elisabeth Shue ... Anne
Bill Calvert Bill Calvert ... Frank Reilly
Lisa Lucas Lisa Lucas ... Eva Reilly
Shannon Orrock Shannon Orrock ... Woman at Audition
Michael Zebulon Michael Zebulon ... Singer at Audition
Chasiti Hampton ... Shirley Washington - Age 7
Wanya Green Wanya Green ... Diane Washington - Age 8
Janet MacLachlan ... Agnes Miller
Javar David Levingston Javar David Levingston ... Billy Washington - Age 4
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Storyline

In 1959, in San Francisco, the telephone operator Penny Washington leaves her three children to work in her night shift. The shy singer Harrison Winslow is afraid of the stage and quits his audition. The waitress Julia is proposed by her boyfriend and she does not accept; then she regrets and leaves her job to seek him out. The smalltime thief Milo Peck tries to retrieve a collection of stamps that he had stolen from a boy. They embark in a bus and the driver Hal distracts while driving and has a serious accident, and driver and passengers die. Meanwhile, Frank Reilly is driving his pregnant wife Eva Reilly to the hospital. Frank successfully escapes from the bus but Eva is nervous and delivers her baby in the car. The souls of the four passengers become the guardian angels and the invisible friends of the boy Thomas Reilly. Seven years later, Penny, Julia, Harrison and Milo conclude that they are harming the boy and they decide to become invisible also to him. Thirty and something ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 fantasmi per un sogno See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,581,714
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DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Robert Downey, Jr. has said of this film at the "Robert Downey, Jr. Film Guide" website: "Ron Underwood really attracted me to Heart and Souls. It's a character-driven film about sacrifice. The sacrifices people make for one another, and the sacrifice you have to make to find any semblance of bliss, and then there's Thomas, whose head is spinning from the realization that these souls are real, and he's going to have to bend a little to make room for them. Real fine, San Francisco, lots of money. Probably one of the best times in my life. Good movie. It's a fun movie, in which I only have to wear one costume. Even my hair stays the same in the whole movie, and the only thing I had to do was act. So that was a piece of cake." See more »

Goofs

When Milo/Thomas begins falling from the trellis he is holding on from the front; when we see him next he is straddling the trellis from the side. See more »

Quotes

Milo Peck: He likes to play the field. He takes after me
Julia: A baboon in heat takes after you.
Milo Peck: Funny. You're killing me, you're really killing me. Oh yeah, I'm already dead. I forgot
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References Topper (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Hug-A-Bug
Lyrics by Brent Maddock
Music by Marc Shaiman
Performed by Alfre Woodard
Also performed by Wren T. Brown
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1 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was another winner in a fantastic year for movies: 1993. In fact, there were so many good movies in this year that films like this were buried.

If you can just ignore the typically off-the-wall Hollywood version of death and heaven and just enjoy the wonderfully-sentimental and humorous fantasy- romance-drama story, you'll be very entertained.

The story is nicely told, entertaining start-to-finish in its 103 minutes. It really takes off after Robert Downey Jr. has become an adult and the "spirits" return to him.

As much humor as in here, in addition to fantasy and drama, the final 15-20 minutes are tear-jerking.


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