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Heaven Must Wait

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Starring Andrew McCarthy (Weekend at Bernie's, Lipstick Jungle, Spiderwick Chronicles) as Raymond, Louise Lombard (CSI) as Rachel, Max Dolbey (The Musketeer) as Diggity, Heaven Must Wait is a touching tale of love and redemption. Raymond is the family black sheep. He's lost his job, his apartment, and all his confidence until word comes that he has inherited an English countryside property. Raymond soon discovers his inheritance is no manor house, but a small, crumbling stone church that's the center of a scheme by the village scrooge, Malcolm Slee, in his frantic search for a valuable chest of gold hidden in the village by King Charles. Raymond initially accepts Slee's offer to purchase the church, but has second thoughts when he learns from the local Bed & Breakfast owner Rachel that a family with children lives on the property. As Raymond and Rachel begin to bond, Raymond is singled out by a mysterious young orphan named Diggity, who believes that if he helps Raymond find his way in life, he will earn his wings as an angel.

About the Actor

Andrew McCarthy made his professional début at 19 in Class. He has appeared in dozens of films, including The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Joy Luck Club, Mulholland Falls, and of course such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, and Less Then Zero, as well as cult favorites Weekend At Bernie's and Mannequin. On television, McCarthy co-starred for two seasons on Lipstick Jungle (where he also worked as a director). A few of his other TV credits include Royal Pains, Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, and all the Law & Order's, as well as White Collar and Gossip Girl (both of which he worked as a director as well). In the theater, he has starred on Broadway in the Tony Award winning play, Side Man, and in The Boys of Winter. Other New York appearances include Neil Labute's, Fat Pig and John Patrick Shanley's, Psycopathia Sexualis. He has directed several works of Neil Labute, as well as plays by Warren Leight and Julia Cho. In a parallel career, Andrew is an award winning travel writer. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler, and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Travel+Leisure, Afar, Men s Journal, Bon Appetit, National Geographic Adventure, and others. The Society of American Travel Writers named him their 2010 Travel Journalist of the Year, and in 2011 he won their Grand Award. He also was awarded the 2011 Grand Award from the North American Travel Journalists Association, and has three times been cited for notable work in the "Best American Travel Writing" series. His memoir, THE LONGEST WAY HOME, will be published by Free Press in September 2012. He lives in New York.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Louise Lombard, Max Dolbey
  • Directors: Tom Reeve
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Total-Content LLC
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A7DVOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heaven Must Wait" on IMDb

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 8, 2009
Format: DVD
Many quality movies are released below the radar or do not receive the attention they deserve, and "Heaven Must Wait" is one of these gems. Andrew McCarthy plays Raymond,a layabout of sorts who can't seem to keep a job and finally, his successful half-brother informs him that Raymond has inherited some property in the English countryside. Upon arrival in the seemingly idyllic village of Copeingwell, Raymond is disappointed to find that his inheritance consists of a crumbling church. The village villain, bully and Scrooge, a Mr Slee makes Raymond an offer on the land and church, having his own dark motives, having to do with treasure that supposedly lies buried in the derelict church. Raymond also has to deal with a grumpy but attractive divorcee [Louise Lombard] who runs the local B&B and a young orphan boy named Diggity who believes that if he can get Raymond's life turned around for the better and improve Raymond then he [Diggity] will get to be an angel.

The story as described here may seem uninspired but the actors are wonderful in their roles and the lush English countryside provides a beautiful setting for this charming story about finding one's self, purpose and happiness, and a sense of community. A sweet little gem that deserves more attention.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Terry D. Robertson on August 17, 2008
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This small "indie" film has more going for it than the big budget extravaganzas we hear so much about. Virtually ignored, this film has the elements that Hollywood screenwriters have missed out on for several years: character, unique plot and it is genuinely moving.

Andrew McCarthy stars as a Georgia slouch who inherits property in England. Since he is of no use at home, his stepbrother insists he go there. Much to Kane's (McCarthy) dismay, he inherits a rundown church in a rural British outpost. Along the way we meet a greedy, rich man who wants the church to dig for a fabled treasure, a bitter divorcee (Louise Lombard) who runs the local B&B, a gypsy family and a charming orphan who wants to become an angel. He thinks converting Kane into a man Lombard will fall in love with (they both have many misunderstandings in the film), he will become one.

This is a lovely quiet movie. It is a character study that is so interesting it runs lightening fast and is over, leaving you wanting more.

Forget the comic book, computer game, old TV series remakes (which is all Hollywood is cranking out) and watch this movie.

It's genuine. The acting is fine all around and the transfer is very good.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maria Augusto on September 15, 2008
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Since I watched "Mannequin" for the very first time, I became a fan of Andrew McCarthy's works. He is a very versatile actor performing nicely either in dramas or comedies. And this little jewel of film is another excellent work of this sometimes and unfairly underrated actor. Here he plays Raymond who is unemployed at the time his half-brother tells him he is the heir of a property in a rural place in England. Very surprised, after saying good-bye to a lovely girl, his best friend in life, and receiving a half-angel kind of brooch as a memento, he flies to his new destination. Arriving there, he meets Mr. Slee, in principle the epitome of the very bad guy who wishes to buy Raymond's property which is...an ancient church where he thinks there is a hidden treasure. Raymond, little by little gets to know the other inhabitants of the village such as Diggity, an orfan boy, and Rachel, a beautiful woman who owns the local Bed & Breakfast and also a gypsy family. His adventures start by the time he gives up selling his property... Watch the film and you will find out why there are angels protecting and changing many people's lives, particularly Raymond's!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Retired in Hawaii on November 8, 2013
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I finally was able to view this DVD and thought it was really good. There was a twist at the end of the show, but it all fell into place and was very heart warming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Decosta II on June 1, 2010
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A laid back entertainment. Slow plot but a relaxing "geel good" movie. Slightly sugary.
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The script is a bit of a pantomime, but this is still a good film, because the actors ham it up gloriously whilst still taking the dramatic side and the message seriously. Andrew McCarthy is fun as the goofy hapless American thrust into the milieu of the slightly unusual English village, with its well-meaning villagers, the villain of the piece (a ham it up for all its worth performance ex-Eastenders star Bill Treacher) and of course the slightly defective angel (played straight by a sweetly effective Max Dolbey). I bought this because I'm a film collector, but I kept it because I love it!
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Sort of an old fashioned movie. I bought it because it starred Andrew McCarthy. He speaks with a strong southern accent in this movie. A cute story of a man (Raymond) who loses his job and then finds out he inherited an English property, which turns out to be an old church. One of the town residents want to buy the property because he believes there is a treasure in the church. Raymond meets a mysterious young boy who thinks that if he helps Raymond he will earn his wings as an angel. The story has a nice ending, but is rather short. Well priced DVD.
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It was a good movie, but pictures were often too dark. Especially, for those in our congregation with seeing problems. The child seemed to be talking to this guardian angel and not to the Lord. Some of the English was hard to understand, as it had an English accent. Though I wouldn't call it perfect, it wasn't bad, either. We showed it at our New Year's Eve church soup/supper.
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