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Made in Heaven (1987)

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After being dumped by his girlfriend, a boy runs away to California. But he ends up in heaven because he dies after trying to help a family from drowning in a river. In heaven he'll meet a beautiful girl, who has never reincarnated before.

Director:

Alan Rudolph
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Mike Shea / Elmo Barnett
Kelly McGillis ... Annie Packert / Ally Chandler
Maureen Stapleton ... Aunt Lisa
Ann Wedgeworth ... Annette Shea
James Gammon ... Steve Shea
Mare Winningham ... Brenda Carlucci
Don Murray ... Ben Chandler
Tim Daly ... Tom Donnelly (as Timothy Daly)
David Rasche ... Donald Sumner
Amanda Plummer ... Wiley Foxx
Willard E. Pugh ... Guy Blanchard / Brian Dutton (as Willard Pugh)
Vyto Ruginis ... Lyman McCray
Neil Young ... Truck Driver
Tom Petty ... Stanky
Ric Ocasek ... Shark
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Storyline

In 1952 while driving to California to start his life anew, twenty-something Mike Shea accidentally dies while doing a heroic act. Despite floundering in his life - he was having troubles holding a steady job and his supposed girlfriend was about to marry someone else - he was not ready to leave the living. In heaven, he learns that despite it being a fantastical other world existence, he still has human emotions, such as romantic love, which he feels for a "new" soul he meets named Annie Packert (i.e. she has never been among the living on Earth), who in turn loves him. He also learns that one's next life is somewhat predetermined by their stay in heaven. So when Annie is sent to Earth for her first go around as a human, Mike pleads with the man in charge at heaven, Emmett Humbird, to locate him in his next human life at least in the same country so that he can find Annie. Emmett reluctantly agrees, but only gives Mike thirty years in his next life to find her. Those next lives of ... Written by Huggo

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How in Heaven did they meet? How on Earth will they find each other? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hecho en el cielo See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,572,845
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Neil Young has a cameo as a truck driver. In the scene where Mike/Elmo is sitting on the side of the road, Neil pulls up in a large truck, asks him where he's going, and then says, "Well, you don't know where you're going, it don't matter what road you take". A slightly different version of those words appear in the song "We Never Danced" which plays near the end of the movie and is sung by Martha Davis of The Motels. The song was written by Neil Young and his own version appears on his 1987 album "Life". See more »

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When Ally is being picked up from jail by her father, a sign on the wall reads "SEARCH YOUR PRISONER THOROUHGLY" See more »

Quotes

Annie: [Crashing home drunk] Oh Daddy! Why doesn't he love me?
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Coincidentally or not Emmett in the Hebrew language means 'Truth'. Seems very appropriate for the lead Angel of the movie to be thus named. See more »

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Referenced in Inside the Brotherhood (1989) See more »

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Why Should We Try Anymore
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Hank Williams
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, A Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
©1950 Acuff-Rose / Opryland Music Inc. and Hiriam Music, Inc.
Copyright Renewed / All Rights Reserved
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A wonderful romantic comedy, written in the stars....
8 May 2000 | by JO-121See all my reviews

A "chick flick" with some thought put into it, "Made in Heaven" reminds us why Timothy Hutton is such a good actor. His wonderful performance in a movie that could have been trite, makes the viewer love the "written-in-the-stars" romance that blossoms on screen. Hutton's character dies and goes to heaven, where he meets Kelly McGillis, who has yet to be born on Earth. The two fall in love and are married in heaven. When her turn to born happens, he convinces the powers-that-be to let him return to Earth and find her. Of course, neither one will remember their love in heaven....and therein lies the rub.


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