Alan Rudolph directed this offbeat, boy-meets-girl romance in which boy dies, dead boy meets dead girl, dead boy loses dead girl, and dead boy tries to find dead girl again. The tale begins is a small Pennsylvania town, where Mike Shea (Timothy Hutton) dreams of escaping small town life and moving to California with his girlfriend Brenda (Mare ...
Alan Rudolph directed this offbeat, boy-meets-girl romance in which boy dies, dead boy meets dead girl, dead boy loses dead girl, and dead boy tries to find dead girl again. The tale begins is a small Pennsylvania town, where Mike Shea (Timothy Hutton) dreams of escaping small town life and moving to California with his girlfriend Brenda (Mare Winningham). But Brenda leaves him with his motor running and Mike takes off alone. On the way, he rescues a woman and her children from an icy river but perishes himself. He finds himself in Heaven, where he is greeted by Aunt Lisa (Maureen Stapleton), who explains the rules and regulations. Once in the ethereal realm, Mike falls in love with a heavenly lass with flaxen locks named Annie (Kelly McGillis). But their love is torn asunder because Annie has not yet earned her wings on Earth; she must leave on a tour of duty and put in time inhabiting a human body. Mike is beside himself in despair, but the heavenly powers, in the form of Emmett (Debra Winger), chain-smoking and sporting an orange crewcut like a ghostly Laurie Anderson, offer him a deal. Mike can return to Earth, but only on the stipulation that neither he nor Annie will remember each other. They then have thirty years in which to find one another again. Paul Brenner, Rovi
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This is one of my favorite movies ever! It is definitely a fantasy, You can't get caught-up in "that could never happen" or it will ruin it for you. Just get lost in it and pretty soon, it's over and you'll be thinking about it for days after. And probably view life a little bit differently too.
Oct 3, 2010
made in heaven
I saw this movie when it first came out . I loved it. I have been looking for it ever since, to share it with my family. The movie has a wonderful story line. I guess my favorite thing about the movie is the fact that without profanity or violence it keeps your interest from beginning to end. definitly 5 stars.
Oct 2, 2008
Notes on the Afterlife
This movie helps better envision the afterlife process. Rather than getting caught up in what may or may not be true---just go along with the plot and see that the characters' motives are heavenly. As a result of what happened in Heaven, two souls embark on new physical lives hopeful they will find each other again. There are a number of "feel good" scenes. If you watch this film, you will be the better for it.