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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)

An elderly amusement park maintenance man, Eddie, is trapped in purgatory and the only way out is to confront five people from his past. Unfortunately, dark secrets from his service in the Philippines begin to haunt him.

Director:

Lloyd Kramer

Writers:

Mitch Albom (teleplay), Mitch Albom (book)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Eddie
Ellen Burstyn ... Ruby
Jeff Daniels ... Blue Man
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Marguerite
Steven Grayhm ... Young Eddie
Michael Imperioli ... Captain
Callum Keith Rennie ... Eddie's Father
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Eddie's Mother
Callahan Brebner Callahan Brebner ... Eddie - Boy
Nicaela Weigel Nicaela Weigel ... Tala
Shelbie Weigel Shelbie Weigel ... Tala
Darcy Cadman ... Joe - Young
Tim O'Halloran ... Mickey Shea
Zak Santiago ... Dominguez
Emy Aneke ... Willie
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Storyline

On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to his corporeal existence who help him understand the meaning of his life. Written by Anonymous

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All ending are beginnings. We just don't know it at the time...

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Italian | French

Release Date:

24 April 2005 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2 parts) | (DVD) | (part 2) | (part 1)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Tala (Nicaela Weigel) beckons Eddie (Jon Voight) to come to her in the river, she calls him with her palm facing up. In Asian cultures, including Filipino culture, it is incorrect to call someone over with the palm facing up. A Filipino girl would only call another person over with the palm facing down, reserving the "palm up" gesture for animals. See more »

Goofs

There are two boys on a ride. Eddie helps the one boy get out and he is handed a blue balloon. Then he helps the other boy out and his wife Marguerite hands that boy a yellow balloon. The camera then pans over to the boys heading to their mom but both boys are holding blue balloons instead of one blue and one yellow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ruby: [narrating] This is a story about a man named Eddie. And it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. You might think it's strange to start a story with an ending, but all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time.
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Soundtracks

Swinging On A Star
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Burke (as J. Burke) and Jimmy Van Heusen (as J. van Heusen)
Performed by Bing Crosby
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to the person or persons who bashed this film
8 August 2005 | by excalibur216See all my reviews

excuse me people the plot line of this movie was very well done and the sets were made that way for a reason but i have one serious question for you do you know what heaven looks like? if you do then try telling everyone else on this planet lord knows if you know we could all use the guidance. i also offer this piece of philosophy its not what things look like its how they feel. stop thinking in a materialistic point of view and look beyond yourself. and i might sound like a bible thumper and i apologize but if you ask me Mitch album wrote a great story and a great movie ensued.

you hear me people


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