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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.

Director:

Lloyd Kramer

Writers:

Mitch Albom (teleplay), Mitch Albom (book)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Eddie
Ellen Burstyn ... Ruby
Jeff Daniels ... Blue Man
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Marguerite
Steven Grayhm ... Young Eddie
Michael Imperioli ... Captain
Callum Keith Rennie ... Eddie's Father
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Eddie's Mother
Callahan Brebner Callahan Brebner ... Eddie - Boy
Nicaela Weigel Nicaela Weigel ... Tala
Shelbie Weigel Shelbie Weigel ... Tala
Darcy Cadman ... Joe - Young
Tim O'Halloran ... Mickey Shea
Zak Santiago ... Dominguez
Emy Aneke ... Willie
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Storyline

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...

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Italian | French

Release Date:

24 April 2005 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Tala (Nicaela Weigel) beckons Eddie (Jon Voight) to come to her in the river, she calls him with her palm facing up. In Asian cultures, including Filipino culture, it is incorrect to call someone over with the palm facing up. A Filipino girl would only call another person over with the palm facing down, reserving the "palm up" gesture for animals. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

You Made Me Love You
(uncredited)
written by James V. Monaco ( as J. Monaco) and Joseph McCarthy (as J. McCarthy)
performed by John Pizzarelli and Janine Albom
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Heartwarming and tear-jerking all at the same time!
17 December 2004 | by elixntricSee all my reviews

I watched this movie and thought it was such a wonderful story. It really goes through all the parts of his life and who he touched (whether he knew it or not). I would love to think that we will all have that kind of resolution when our time on Earth is done. This movie will definitely make you cry! I lost my mother when I was younger and this movie made me understand what my father went through at this time. It also gave me an idea of what it was like to fight in a war and have to live with what happened there for the rest of your life. I would absolutely recommend this movie to everyone. For all of us that think death is such an awful thing and are sad to think of those we would leave behind, it was a great way to look at what could happen after our life is over. It also gives hope that those we have lost are still watching over us.


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