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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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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

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

Goofs

There are two boys on a ride. Eddie helps the one boy get out and he is handed a blue balloon. Then he helps the other boy out and his wife Marguerite hands that boy a yellow balloon. The camera then pans over to the boys heading to their mom but both boys are holding blue balloons instead of one blue and one yellow. 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

I'll Always Be In Love With You
(uncredited)
Written by Bud Green (as B. Green), Herman Ruby (as R. Harman) and Sam H. Stept (as S. Stept)
performed by Bunny Berigan
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Attention Grabbing!
11 December 2004 | by BLK55See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie - enough to want to see it again and/or purchase the DVD if it comes out.

My husband had read the book beforehand, but I had not. I thought it was riveting. In trying to explain the ending to my husband, I was so "into" it that I just couldn't help but cry while trying to talk. I was there emotionally, in the movie.

To me, a good movie or book is one that grips you, holds your attention. This movie did just that. I don't know that heaven will be this way or not.

My Bible doesn't say that it will be, but we all have our opinions of what we think Heaven will be like. It was a beautiful story, and said, in a nutshell, that no life is worthless. We all touch and affect people every day, sometimes in ways that we will never know in this life.

I think it's definitely a movie worth seeing!


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