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A young woman's picture-perfect marriage is shattered when her husband dies unexpectedly. Fortunately, he is recycled back to earth as a newborn. Twenty-three years later and flooded with former-life memories, he meets his wife, falls in love with his daughter and confronts his best friend. Academy Award Nominations: Best Song ("After All").
Mary Stuart Masterson - American actor/director, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL/BENNY & JOON
Robert Downey Jr. - American actor, CHAPLIN (1992), IRON MAN (2008)
Emile Ardolino - American Director/D. 1993
Cybill Shepherd - American Actress/Model, MOONLIGHTING
Josef Sommer - German Character Actor
Ryan O'Neal - American Actor, LOVE STORY (1970)
Patrick Ryan O'Neal - American Actor, LOVE STORY (1970)
A young woman loses her husband when she is pregnant with her first and only daughter; 22 years later, she still has not recovered from his death, and has never remarried, even though a close family friend has secretly been in love with her for years. Meanwhile, up in heaven, a young man has been given the soul of the woman's dead husband, and is reincarnated without receiving an injection of the "forgetting" serum that would have made him unaware of his old life. He ends up at Yale University where he starts dating the woman's now college-aged daughter (though he doesn't realize the connection yet). When the daughter takes her new beau home for a vacation, his memories come flooding back, causing complications as everyone tries to figure out her rightful relationship with this "young" man.
Cinematographer, William Fraker, also shot the film "Heaven Can Wait," which contains some similar footage of heaven. Shot on location in Montgomery and Rockville Counties, Maryland, both suburbs of Washington DC. The scenes of the characters in the Smithsonian Collection in Washington were also done on location. Shooting took place during the summer of 1988. The film opened in the USA in the spring of 1989. Norman T. Leavitt did the makeup for Cybill Shepherd, and Kaori Turner did her body makeup. Shot in Metrocolor.
"...A winsomely likable movie....The movie is well-structured..." - 03/10/1989 Los Angeles Times, p.C6