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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)

An elderly amusement park maintenance man, Eddie, is trapped in purgatory and the only way out is to confront five people from his past. Unfortunately, dark secrets from his service in the Philippines begin to haunt him.



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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie
... Ruby
... Blue Man
... Marguerite
... Young Eddie
... Captain
... Eddie's Father
Rebecca Jenkins ... Eddie's Mother
Callahan Brebner ... Eddie - Boy
Nicaela Weigel ... Tala
Shelbie Weigel ... Tala
... Joe - Young
... Mickey Shea
... Dominguez
... Willie


On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to his corporeal existence who help him understand the meaning of his life. Written by Anonymous

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All ending are beginnings. We just don't know it at the time...


Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

24 April 2005 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven'  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (2 parts) | (DVD) | (part 2) | (part 1)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Goodman was originally cast to play Eddie, but dropped out. See more »


When Eddie's mother tries to get him out of bed after his leg injury, his left leg is bandaged instead of the right. In next shot into the mirror, it looks like his right leg is bandaged when, in fact, it is his left leg's reflection. See more »


[first lines]
Ruby: [narrating] This is a story about a man named Eddie. And it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. You might think it's strange to start a story with an ending, but all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time.
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Pocketful of Rainbows
Written by Ben Weisman (as B. Weisman) and Fred Wise (as F. Wise)
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Touching but too long
2 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a man's journey in heaven after he dies. He meets five people in heaven, each teaching him different things that he never knew or understood before.

I have read the book and was deeply touched by it. This film stays very true to the book. The film is basically a direct adaptation of the book, translating every single line of the book into audiovisual material. The end result is that there are many dialogs and scenes that simply do not work in the film. I feel that there are so many scenes that can be cut, and so many dialogs that can be omitted in the film. For example, it does not hurt the film at all if the captain does not ask if the army boys kept in touch with each other. Or the interspersed childhood scenes, which if omitted, will make the film flow more seamlessly.

This is not to say that the film is not good. It is very good, the sets are meticulously created, the acting is great, and the film is touching. My only complaint is that it is too long. Spending 40 minutes on the second person and another 40 minutes on the third person is simply too long.

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