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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 »

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Cast

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
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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...

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Drama | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 April 2005 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

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

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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| (2 parts) | (DVD) | (part 2) | (part 1)

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1.33 : 1
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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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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

Heaven Can Wait
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Written by Jimmy Van Heusen (as J. van Heusen) and Edgar De Lange (as E. Delange)
Performed by the Michael Andrew Orchestra
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Great Movie !!!
7 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Usually, a movie adapted from a book does not live up to expectations. I received the book last Christmas, and after reading it, I felt that if done correctly, it would make a good movie. This movie surpassed it's expectation and did the job. If a person had not read the book previous to watching the movie, it may have been hard to follow the flow. I could identify with every major event in the movie and felt the screen writers, producers, directors and actors, all did a marvelous job of bringing Mitch Albom's writings to life. I hope that sometime in the near future this movie is released to DVD format. Mitch Albom has a special gift in the fact that he is both a great talk show personality and an even greater author.


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