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Pie in the Sky (1995)

A whimsical saga of a young man whose two life-consuming passions are unraveling traffic gridlock and an avant-garde dancer. A romantic comedy.


Bryan Gordon


Bryan Gordon

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Charles ... Charlie Dunlap
Anne Heche ... Amy
John Goodman ... Alan Davenport
Christine Lahti ... Ruby
Christine Ebersole ... Mom Dunlap
Peter Riegert ... Dad Dunlap
Dey Young ... Mrs. Tarnell
Bob Balaban ... Paul Entamen
Wil Wheaton ... Jack
Jesse Stock Jesse Stock ... Charlie (age 10)
A.J. Marton A.J. Marton ... Charlie (age 4)
Alison Chalmers Alison Chalmers ... Amy (age 10)
Kevin Scannell Kevin Scannell ... Dr. Sherman
Brian Davila Brian Davila ... Jack (age 10)
John Orofino John Orofino ... Eric


A whimsical saga of a young man whose two life-consuming passions are unraveling traffic gridlock and an avant-garde dancer. A romantic comedy. Written by Anonymous

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The only thing that stands in the way of fate and true love is a little traffic.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Fine Line Pictures





Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corações em Trânsito See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Additional sex scene appears in the European version. See more »


Trophyus Nuance
Written and Performed by Accidental Orchestra
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lack-lustre romance - more quirk than substance
8 October 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Some have described this as a sort of "When Harry Met Sally" for the West Coast, mainly because the two lovers meet repeatedly over the course of years. In this respect the two are similar but not in any other way.

The director's first feature is a reasonable romantic comedy about two "kooks" that fall in love whilst trying to find their respective dreams in live. Josh Charles dreams of being a traffic reporter like his idol John Goodman. Anne Heche dreams of a career in dance. The film follows their love affair from childhood to adulthood in LA.

The film tries to make the characters interesting by giving them quirks. Charles' interest in traffic is quite well explained but still seems strangely unlikely. The other characters don't fit their actions at all and aren't developed well - from Heche to Goodman they all seem to be written as "quirky" to be interesting, while their actions are written to move the story along.

The story tries to draw the traffic element into some sort of metaphor for life & love but again it doesn't really fit. Even the soundtrack, despite containing good songs, is the usual fare for this type of romantic film.

Overall a poorly developed film that never really convinces - from the quirks, the performances and the ending. Only the scenery and the idea of traffic as a metaphor for love is there to hold the interest.

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