Made In Heaven
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Can love bridge the gap between Earth and Heaven? Moviemakers have thought so for decades. And the pursuit of eternal bliss has never been so sly, engaging or magical as when Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis strike up a romance Made in Heaven. Deceased drifter Mike (Hutton) arrives in Heaven and quickly falls for newborn soul Annie (McGillis), soon to start her assignment on Earth.
When Annie leaves, Mike follows, risking all to find her in her new identity with neither having memories of their previous celestial existence. Maureen Stapleton, Amanda Plummer and an array of star cameos highlight what director Alan Rudolph (Afterglow, Welcome to L.A.) calls a "good old-fashioned fairy tale of destiny and love." Watch and "feel like you're on Cloud Nine" (Joel Siegel, Good Morning America/ABC-TV).
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The character Emmett gave me the creeps. He plays a strange character whom I got the impression might have been Satan or some other kind of trickster. Because Kelly fell in love, he sends her to earth to live a life and denies Timothy the chance for love and marriage in heaven, until Timothy pleads with him to give him a chance to find her on earth. Emmett relents and gives Timothy 30 years to find her, otherwise he'll never be allowed to enter heaven again. That's kind of harsh, but Timothy agrees and finds himself born as a guy with the unfortunate name of Elmo.
We get glimpses of both their lives throughout the years, but not enough to be drawn in completely. There are some weird scenes that didn't seem to belong in the film, such as when Ellen Barkin pleads with Elmo to start a fight in a bar so she can cheat on the dice and win back her money. When he does so, she pulls out a gun and steals the money outright. What this scene has to do with the movie, I don't know...but it was completely out of place. Probably the only thing going for this film were the cameos by Ric Ocasek of the Cars (in a cleverly placed role), Tom Petty, and Neal Young.
My favorite scene was when Elmo is picked up by an elderly couple heading to California, who confess to him that they never pick up hitchikers, but felt compelled to when they saw him. They treat him to a meal and when you learn his connection to them, it can't help but make you cry. That is probably the most authentic spiritual element about this film. It was so well done, that I wish they would have done more of that for the rest of the film. I also like how Elmo and Allyson keep missing each other in life, and you begin to wonder if he's going to make it before he turns 30. The ending is very cheesy and poorly done, not to mention that its kind of abrupt and that's it. If they were strick on time, they should have cut the bar scene with Ellen Barkin and added more to the ending for a greater emotional impact.
All in all, not bad for the few moments of spiritual bliss I felt while watching this film, but its not enough to place it on the same level as "Chances Are" or "Defending Your Life". The potential was definitely there, but was squandered on unnecessary scenes and characters, marginal acting, lack of chemistry, and some cheesy scenes. If you want a real spiritual experience about heaven, I suggest reading the novel "What Dreams May Come" by Richard Matheson (not the film version). It will really blow you away with all the details of what we might expect in our afterlife experience.
He later got at SAG card and enjoyed being part of the show biz. I wish people understood the hard work and long hours that our
"stars" put in and how sensitive and kind they all are. I was able to work with the casting side in Charleston, SC, with some of the
greats...Thank you Amazon for making this dvd available to my family. My beautiful son was killed in a car accident. It was someone
with too much alcohol. He was one of the sensitive young "stars" and this time in his life was special to all of us. It has a story to be
A little tid bit: For those who have seen it and wondered who played the androgynous character of Emmet, it is actually actress Debra Winger (then married to Hutton) who did a cameo and is (purposely) not billed. Look closely and you will see her!
Also, for the Amazon customer who wondered if there was a soundtrack: there was. In the US it was out on LP and Cassette. You may find it abroad on CD. The main theme song "We Never Danced," interpreted by The Motels' Martha Davis, is found on The Motels CD - Anthologyland. Amazon has it.
UPDATE: This film has been released as a Warner Bros. on On-Demand DVD-R.