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What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 2 October 1998 (USA)
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Chris Nielsen dies in an accident, and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife Annie has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.

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Vincent Ward

Writers:

Richard Matheson (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay) (as Ron Bass)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Chris Nielsen
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Albert Lewis
Annabella Sciorra ... Annie Collins-Nielsen
Max von Sydow ... The Tracker
Jessica Brooks Grant ... Marie Nielsen
Josh Paddock ... Ian Nielsen
Rosalind Chao ... Leona
Lucinda Jenney ... Mrs. Jacobs
Maggie McCarthy ... Stacey Jacobs
Wilma Bonet Wilma Bonet ... Angie
Matt Salinger ... Reverend Hanley
Carin Sprague ... Best Friend Cindy
June Carryl ... Woman in Car Accident (as June Lomena)
Paul P. Card IV Paul P. Card IV ... Paramedic
Werner Herzog ... Face
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Storyline

During a holidays in Switzerland, a young Chris Nielsen meets by chance Annie Collins in a lake when their boats slightly collide. Sharing a snack when they meet a few hours later, Chris and Annie fall in love each other. Marrying quickly, Chris works as pediatrician and Annie as artist painter and art dealer, and they turn in parents of two children, older Ian and elder Marie. But their happy family life torn apart when being Ian and Marie teenagers, a car accident kills both and the nanny who was driving the van where they were. Four years later, Chris and Annie try to restore their life despite the tragedy and celebrate their anniversary when while he returns to home in his car after to end his daily work, Chris witnesses a car accident in a tunnel during a rainy night. Exiting of the car in an attempt to help people, another car crashes against him, hurting severally. Dying in the hospital, Chris turns in a ghost around his house and his recently widowed Annie, trying tell her ... Written by Chockys

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

After life there is more. The end is just the beginning.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving death, some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Dreams May Come See more »

Filming Locations:

Ross, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,833,592, 4 October 1998

Gross USA:

$55,382,927

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,382,927
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The "Hell" scenes were shot on the decrepit, rusted hulk of the Essex class aircraft carrier U.S.S. Oriskany (CV-34). The ship was later sunk to make room for an artificial reef on May 17, 2006. The "Hell" scenes were shot at the Alameda Naval Air Station in an indoor swimming pool surrounded by blue screen so that the visual effects could be later added in. Extras spent two twelve-hour days in the water as ghouls. See more »

Goofs

In the arrival to the 'Library', the camera makes a long-shot where it appears a great hall with a lake like ground, without corridors nor bookshelves. When seconds after Chris and Albert fly from the boat to the Tracker this one is reading a book between two bookshelves, floating in a corridor (located in the middle of the great hall) that wasn't there before. See more »

Quotes

Chris Nielsen: That's when I realized I'm part of the problem. Not because I remind you. But because I couldn't join you. So I left you alone. Don't give up, okay?
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer after the end credits: "The persons and events in this production are fictitious. No similarity to actual persons, living, dead or reincarnated is intended or should be inferred." See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in Thailand (and most likely in some other countries) both theatrically and on DVD has a song 'Beside You' that plays over the first portion of the end credits. It is sung by "Simply Red' and credited to Mark Snow and Michael Kaman. The credits go on to say that Chris and Annie's theme, which plays on the credits of the American release and throughout the body of both versions, is based on variations of 'Beside You' by Mark Snow and Michael Kaman. However, the American credits say that Chris and Annie's Theme is based upon variations of 'Beside You' written by Martin Fulterman and Michael Kaman. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Little Nicky (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Chris & Annie's Theme
Based on variations of "Beside You"
Composed by Mark Snow (as Martin Fulterman) and Michael Kamen
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an impressive "tug" at heartstrings
21 August 2000 | by renaldo and claraSee all my reviews

I am not that crazy about Robin Williams, though I don't dislike him. But he was adequate in this movie, because it called for a real sensitive and really nice guy. I feel that, from almost every one of the actors, there was a luminous glow emanating from their faces, like there was some sort of special lighting used. (There probably was!) As a result, the audience has empathy toward the characters and actually cares about what is happening to them. I've heard so many complaints about how it tries to pull at your heartstrings. Excuse me, but if there WAS a movie out there that made people cry without trying to, I would stay as far away from it as possible...

.....YES, I believe there IS merit to be deserved by a movie if it creates any kind of obvious emotion. I think that crying at a movie either scares or annoys some people.

I like how the movie made me feel awed during the first half, and even more awed during the second half; all the while making me feel sad throughout the movie at the same time. However, there is a difference between 'sad' and 'depressing'. I think the sadness helps any audience realize some parts of their inner-selves.

While very memorable, curiously, the movie never intends for its audience to be close-minded enough to think that this is, with certainty, what happens after you die. It is more of a suggestion, an analogy, of how precious life is, and how deep the bond of love is between some people, no matter what happens.

Rent this one today.


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