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Heaven Can Wait (1978)

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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Joe Pendleton is a football quarterback preparing to lead his team to the Superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he was not ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. Another body must be found without his death being discovered, and that of a recently murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant, the murderers, are confused by this development, as he buys the Los Angeles Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl. At the same time, he falls in love with an English environmental activist who disapproves of his policies and actions. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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28 June 1978 (USA)  »

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El cielo puede esperar  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,192,799 (USA) (2 July 1978)

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$81,640,278 (USA)
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Trivia

Leslie Caron was also considered for the role of Betty Logan. Years after the film's released, Warren Beatty admitted that Julie Christie was the saving grace behind the film's success. See more »

Goofs

During the long scene at the wishing well, the wellhead alternates between being in sunshine and being in the shade. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jordan: He's been drugged by those two downstairs. This is a murder. See how he's slowly sliding into the water?
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Connections

Referenced in Entourage: Entourage (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No 3
By George Frideric Handel (as G.F. Handel)
Performed by Paul Brodie and Antonin Kubalek
Courtesy of Golden Crest Records
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A delightful film.
16 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rent this movie with someone you love- it's the one that started it all. (Even thought it's a remake, itself) Buck Henry did a fabulous job with this film. He also wrote The Graduate, by the way, and there are gentle subversive moments in this film as well. I won't spoil them for you, just watch for yourself. Warren Beaty has never been so charming, and that's saying a lot, and Jack Warden just about walks away with the film. Forget GHOST, go right to HEAVEN CAN WAIT. You won't be sorry.


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