Heaven Can Wait (1978)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance


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A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.


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  • Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  • Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  • James Mason and Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  • Warren Beatty and William A. Fraker in Heaven Can Wait (1978)

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24 September 2003 | tfrizzell
Los Angeles: The City of Angels...And at One Time Rams.
Enjoyable "It's a Wonderful Life"-styled remake of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan", a memorable and sometimes forgotten production from 1941. An over-zealous angel (Buck Henry) takes the quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams (Oscar-nominee Warren Beatty) before his time. Naturally the body is cremated and Henry has to find Beatty another one. Beatty is then re-incarnated as a recently murdered billionaire. This development confuses the billionaire's two-timing wife (Oscar-nominee Dyan Cannon) and accountant (Charles Grodin, also Cannon's lover). Beatty promptly purchases his former team and makes himself the quarterback with aspirations of leading his club to the Super Bowl and winning it. Also along for the ride is the love interest (the always excellent Julie Christie) and the hard-nosed head trainer (priceless Oscar-nominee Jack Warden). "Heaven Can Wait" is a film that teaches about love, compassion, friendship and good moral values. Co-writer/co-director Beatty (nominated in both categories) is the primary catalyst here. His ability as a film-maker raises the movie to a near classic level. Admittedly the production never does quite reach the greatness of films of the type from the 1940s, but still ends up being one of the major winners from the 1970s. Co-star Henry shared a directing nomination with Beatty. Is it just me or do you miss having the Rams in Los Angeles? 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Release Date:

28 June 1978

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA, Canada

Filming Locations

California, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,652,486 2 July 1978

Gross USA:

$81,640,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,640,278

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