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Just Like Heaven (2005)

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A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of the beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment.

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Mark Waters

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Peter Tolan (screenplay), Leslie Dixon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Elizabeth
Mark Ruffalo ... David
Donal Logue ... Jack
Dina Spybey-Waters ... Abby (as Dina Waters)
Ben Shenkman ... Brett
Jon Heder ... Darryl
Ivana Milicevic ... Katrina
Caroline Aaron ... Grace
Rosalind Chao ... Fran
Ron Canada ... Dr. Walsh
Willie Garson ... Maitre D'
Gabrielle Made ... Nurse Maria
William Caploe William Caploe ... Nurse Bill
Shulie Cowen ... Nurse Jenny
Billy Beck ... Mr. Clarke
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Elizabeth Masterson, a dedicated doctor in San Francisco, had almost no time for anything. When she gets into a tragic car crash and goes into a coma, a landscape architect moves into Elizabeth's apartment for rent - where he meets her amnesiac ethereal form. Written by kayleigh

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If Only It Were True See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,408,718, 18 September 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,318,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,854,431
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David and Elizabeth's apartment building is really about six stories tall, but the view from the roof (done with CGI) is one from a much taller building. They look down upon other buildings that are of a similar height. See more »

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When David enters the bar and finds Jack in there, an extra drink appears on the bar, behind the two women sitting on the stools. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nurse Maria: Elizabeth...
Elizabeth Masterson: How long was I out?
Nurse Maria: Um, about six minutes.
Elizabeth Masterson: Thanks, I'll be right there.
Nurse Maria: OK, I'll be outside.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »

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Just Like Heaven
Written by Robert Smith, Boris Williams, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson (as Paul Thompson) & Laurence Tolhurst
Performed by Katie Melua
Produced by Ralph Sall and Mike Batt
Courtesy of Dramatico Records
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Earthly and heavenly love collide, bringing hope to two lonely people.
30 November 2006 | by jsaunders003See all my reviews

In a day of love = sex, along comes supernatural love at its finest. Just Like Heaven features Reese Witherspoon as Elizabeth, a well known but lonely doctor comatose from an accident. Mark Ruffalo is David, the widower renting the apartment Elizabeth lived in and now haunts.

Both are in different places in their love lives, David who is suffering from the loss of his wife to a stroke, Elizabeth suffering from the lack of love in her life. They are forced into a heavenly-type relationship where love prevails through daily interaction between the two. At first, this 'person that will not go away' drives David mad but it doesn't take long to see the power of love in each of their actions.

Elizabeth, who is there every time David turns around, shows her jealousy when a flirty apartment neighbor invites herself in to visit David. David tracks down the identity of his mysterious house-guest, which leads him to being chased by a knife and breaking into Elizabeth's hospital room to steal her body.

This supernatural love also affects the people closest to David and Elizabeth. Abby, Elizabeth's sister, decides to give Elizabeth her last wish to show her love for her sister and Jack, David's friend, agrees to break into the hospital with David to help him save Elizabeth, both attempting to do things not normal for them.

Just as Sam and Molly's supernatural love caused them to do unlikely things for each other in Ghost (1990), David does many unimaginable things to try to save Elizabeth's life and find love again. In the end, the never physical love takes shape as David allows his feelings to be expressed in his actions.

Photography is used wonderfully in the movie as shots of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge are highlighted throughout the film, giving you a sense of looking down from heaven on the growing love between David and Elizabeth, through the earthly and spiritual realm.

This far-fetched romantic comedy shows the power of love in its most ideal form.


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