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 Its 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