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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

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

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[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

Swinging On A Star
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Burke (as J. Burke) and Jimmy Van Heusen (as J. van Heusen)
Performed by Bing Crosby
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All Endings Are Also Beginning
24 September 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Eddie (John Voight) is the responsible for the maintenance of the Ruby Pier amusement park and a veteran of World War II. While trying to save a five year old girl from an accident with ride that is falling after rupturing the wire, Eddie dies. He awakes in Heaven, and the Blue Man (Jeff Daniels) explains him that he will have a journey meeting five people in their heavens that will show the importance of his life before he goes to the next level.

"The Five People You Meet in Heaven" was a great surprise for me, with a beautiful and heartwarming message of the importance of an individual's life, following the idea of Frank Capra's masterpiece "It's a Wonderful Life", when George Bailey finds the importance of his life for the dwellers of Bedford Falls. The only problem with this contemporary movie is the too long running time, developing the story in an excessive low-pace; it could be shorter and developed in a more adequate pace. But anyway I encourage my family and friends to watch this touching movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "As Cinco Pessoas Que Você Encontra no Céu" ("The Five People You Meet in Heaven")


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