The Five People You Meet in Heaven
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A critical, abusive, alcoholic father. The nightmares--and a physical wound--courtesy of war. Infertility. A beloved wife struck down with a neurological disease. Evaporating dreams of being an engineer, replaced with a life-long job as a theme park maintenance man.
Eddie feels like a loser. He was a nobody-his alcoholic father made sure of that. Working at the theme park Ruby's Pier, like his father before him, is how Eddie died and went to heaven.
Author Mitch Albom wrote the script for the made-for-TV movie The Five People You Meet In Heaven, which is based on his bestselling book. The theme of this story is that no life is a waste, no matter how seemingly insignificant-and that there are no random acts, because all are connected.
The profound but simple truths in this poignant story by Albom reflect the themes that all is one, there are no random acts, and that peace, learning and growth face us on the Other Side.
On a sunny day at Ruby's Pier, a cable system breaks down on an amusement ride, and Eddie, played by veteran actor Jon Voight, tries to save a girl from death. He feels small hands in his as he tries to pull her to safety.
"When Eddie died, he felt no pain. He experienced calm-as if every pain he experienced on Earth was washed away."
In heaven, Eddie is first met by a man who used to be a part of Ruby Pier's freak show-a man tinted blue by a chemical tincture he drank as a child.Read more ›
It also demonstrates the futility of excessive guilt, and the fact that one never knows the complete story in any given situation. And does so without resorting to preaching or mawkishness. Read the book or watch the DVD- the impact is the same.
Its a movie about life being meaningful and about forgiveness.... guess the bad reviews like more gory films... this is definately not that but definately worth watching....
Eddie is a maintenance worker at an amusement park called Ruby Pier, and one day he died when he got struck by one of the rides that had broken down. During his transition from Earth to Heaven, he meets five people, one at a time. Every one of the five people has something to teach him about some of the most significant events in his lifetime. The first person is the Blue Man played by Jeff Daniel, who was a freak at the Pier, and he had been involved with Eddie when he was living on Earth. The second person he meets is a fellow soldier. The third is the owner of the pier played by Ellen Burstyn. The fourth is his beloved departed wife, and the last is a girl who was his victim.
The five people showed Eddie the truth about his life and what he should understand, forgive, and reconcile with. Basically, everything happened for a reason, and he must come to terms with all the good and bad events of his life before arriving Heaven....
Jon Voight is brilliant in this movie, and he played his role from the age of 80's back to forty something in flasback sequences. He had delivered a multi-layered and moving performance as a man with a life filled with regret and remorse.Read more ›
Eddie's life has been one of misery, regret, and failure. Then he dies, and is forced to face his demons. A touching work of such love and beauty that it may well leave you sobbing.
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Depressing, violent, inappropriate language ... and nothing like Heaven. Not a family movie and really I would not recommend it to anyone. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Pilgram
I purchased this for my son and his family. I've seen it twice and absolutely loved it..........great movie to share with the family.Published 4 days ago by Jim S.
Excellent movie, and excellent service. Looked almost brand new and worked great.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my grandmother and she loves it cant give a honest review because I have not watch it but from what I know it a great movie!Published 11 days ago by codemeister101
What a beautiful movie to complement such a beautiful book!Published 14 days ago by Christine MacDougall
This is a surprisingly good movie. It deals with important issues of personal growth and the power of love. Voight does a fabulous job. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Serenity Sam
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You must have read a different version of the book - if you even read it. His war experience/injury was the foundation of why his life took the direction that it did. This book manipulates us and promotes war? Get educated. The war depicted in the book was WWII. A necessary war to stop the Axis... Read More
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