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Heaven Can Wait

  • Drama
  • 1978
  • Warren Beatty
  • 96 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fantasy starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and James Mason. Joe Pendleton's promising football career is abruptly ended in a fatal traffic accident. But it seems Joe was called from this world before his time, and is soon to return in someone else's body.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This updated version of the 1941 film Here Comes Mr Jordan is one of the few remakes that is almost as good as the original. Warren Beatty co-directs and stars as the football player accidentally selected to die after a car accident. Realising he has been called before his time, Beatty bargains with celestial James Mason and gets the chance to live again but in someone else's body, that of a wealthy businessman whose wife is plotting to kill him. Well played, well written (by Beatty and Elaine May) and well directed, this is one of the highlights of Beatty's career and an enjoyable whimsical delight.

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Credits

Cast

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Joe PendletonWarren Beatty
Betty LoganJulie Christie
Mr JordanJames Mason
Max CorkleJack Warden
Tony AbbottCharles Grodin
Julia FarnsworthDyan Cannon
EscortBuck Henry
KrimVincent Gardenia
SiskJoseph Maher
BentleyHamilton Camp
EverettArthur Malet
CorinneStephanie Faracy
LaviniaJeannie Linero
GardenerHarry D K Wong
PetersLarry Block
ConwayFrank Campanella
TomarkenBill Sorrells
Haitian ambassadorJoseph K Makel
OppenheimKeene Curtis
RenfieldWilliam Larsen
MiddletonMorgan Farley
LawsonWilliam Bogert

Crew

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DirectorWarren Beatty
DirectorBuck Henry

Details

Guidance
Contains some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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