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Heaven Can Wait (1978)

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Heaven Can Wait (1978)


Warren Beatty
Julie Christie
James Mason

Directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry

Heaven can wait is a remake of a 1941 film named Here Comes Mr. Jordanand it was also done again in 2001, it was then called Down to Earth. All were based on a play by Harry Segall.

Heaven can wait is comedy about what happens when heaven gets it wrong, there is hardly any moral to the story or any spiritual gain, but it was fun to see and although I didn’t laugh hard, but chuckled here and there, I still enjoyed the idea.

The first version of this movie that I saw was Down to Earth (2001)starring Chris Rock.
In the later and newer version our mistakenly taken to heaven guy was an up and coming comedian, who found himself in heaven by a sheer miscalculation. One thing that you will keep looking out for, if like me you saw the later version before this remake is, the view (side or back) of the man that Joe took his body.

The movie is about Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty) an American football player, who has been waiting all his life to get a shot to play in the Super Bowl as a quarterback. His dream finally came through, but things didn’t go as planned. As Joe was going on his regular training routine, he got hit by a car and died.

When in heaven, he made it a point of duty to let the officials know that it was not his time, as his days of glory had just begun, so a check was done and it was seen that Joe was taken before his time, so now they have to get him back to his body, so that he can continue his life; if they can find his body.

If I place this version and the newer version side by side, I don’t know which I liked best, as both ran the same theme, but there were twists in the way things went down in the Chris Rock version.

Sometimes when you see a movie, and you hear that it is a remake or a remake has been done, you will get the urge to see what the original or remake. Since I have seen the remake I guess my curiosity about this movie is spent.

Heaven can wait is a movie I cannot say you will watch and be thrilled to the bone, but if you liked the Chris Rock version, you may like this one.


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