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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2005)

Jon Voight , Ellen Burstyn , Lloyd Kramer  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels, Dagmara Dominczyk, Steven Grayhm
  • Directors: Lloyd Kramer
  • Writers: Mitch Albom
  • Producers: Howard Ellis, Lisa Towers, Mitch Albom, Robert Halmi Jr., Robert Halmi Sr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006ZXJ3O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,426 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" on IMDb

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Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels. Eddie is an 83-year-old war vet working as a maintenance man in an amusement park. When he dies while saving a young girl in harm's way from a falling ride, he enters the afterlife and meets five people who will explain the meaning of his life. 2004/color/133 min/NR/fullscreen.

Based on the bestseller by Mitch Albom (Tuesdays With Morrie), The Five People You Meet in Heaven takes up where It’s A Wonderful Life left off. In the Capra classic, George Bailey gets a vision of life without him. In this Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Eddie (Jon Voight), an amusement park maintenance man and war veteran, ends up in Heaven after an accident takes his life. There he meets five people from his past: the Blue Man (Jeff Richards), the Captain (Michael Imperioli), Marguerite (Dagmara Dominczyk), Ruby (Ellen Burstyn), and Tala (Nicaela and Shelbie Weigel). Each shows him how he impacted their life or they his--and not always for the better. (In these flashbacks, Callahan Brebner and Steven Grayhm play the young Eddie.) The point may seem simplistic--everyone is connected--but The Five People You Meet in Heaven finds a unique and engaging way to make it. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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197 of 210 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Life Is Meaningless June 13, 2005
"This is a story of a man named Eddie who was shown the secret of heaven: that each life affects the other, and the other affects the next. The world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - The Five People You Meet In Heaven DVD

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.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good. January 21, 2006
It isn't often that the movie version of a good book is as good as the book itself, but this is one time it actually happened. I thought the book was profound on a level that Tuesdays with Morrie never reached. Jon Voigt is a superb actor, and he is outstanding in 5 People. The rest of the cast is excellent as well. While some people may regard the "message" as trite or schlocky, this powerful dramatization of the fact that our lives are all interlocked is something we need to be reminded of often.
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.
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86 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Higher Road December 17, 2004
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Once in awhile, a movie goes beyond entertainment to make us better for having witnessed it. This is one of those.

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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Things, People, and Places Revisited in Heaven. March 31, 2005
In this spritual movie starring Jon Voight along with a great supporting cast including Jeff Daniel and Ellen Burstyn, has some very touching and wonderful messages about the journey between death and the afterlife. It's rather elaborate plotline is not easy to follow and it's somewhat slow-paced, so it really is a film that needs some thinking involved. It's not like Robin William's What Dreams May Come, it doesn't intend to please with visuals and conventional movie magics, but it tried to make Jon Voight(Eddie Maintenance)'s journey to be powerful morally, spiritually, and emotionally.

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept the whole family rivited January 18, 2006
By Christd
This DVD I brought for myself thinking probably a movie just myself would enjoy.... Cable vision went out so I put it on... well my family Husband, myself 14 yr old 18yr old and her boyfriend sat and watched the whole thing..... it kept you thinking and a twist at the end..... well maybe not a twist but not what any of us expected.... the girls all were teary eyed at end....

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....
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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
Dec 26, 2006 by M. Dees |  See all 3 posts
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