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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

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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Touching but too long
2 October 2006 | by Gordon-11See 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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