Heaven Can Wait
Heaven Can Wait (1978)

A quarterback, accidentally taken to Heaven before his time by an overzealous angel, is returned to earth in the body of a wealthy businessman -- who is himself the target of a murder plot. This award-winning comedy is a remake of the 1941… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A throwback to the high-gloss screwball comedies of the 1940s, Heaven Can Wait beguiles with seamless production values and great comic relief from Charles Grodin and Dianne Cannon.

Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

[The film] has everything going for it: big laughs, populist politics, billowy sequences set in heaven, a murder plot, a climactic Super Bowl game, a supporting cast of choice comic actors, and best of all, a touching (but PG) romance.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The film drags its feet uncertainly from beginning to end.

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Joanna Berry
Radio Times

This updated version of the 1941 film Here Comes Mr Jordan is one of the few remakes that is almost as good as the original.

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Variety Staff

Heaven Can Wait is an outstanding film.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

There's nothing worse than a pushy narrative.

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Emanuel Levy

Supremely produced, this whimsical romantic comedy served as star vehicle for Julie Christie and especially Warren Beatty, who made an impressive co-directing debut with Buck Henry; the film deservedly won the Oscar for Art Direction.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's certainly likable enough and was a big hit when it came out, but one could hardly call it an auspicious artistic debut -- a crafty commercial entertainment with a certain amount of intelligence is more like it.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is the kind of upbeat screwball comedy Hollywood used to do smoothly and well.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

There are a few laughs from Grodin and Cannon, but Beatty and Christie are like 400-pound gorillas chasing a milkweed seed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A consistently funny story concerning a backup quarterback (Warren Beatty) for the St. Louis Rams who finally gets his chance to start for the team before he is… More
Chris Garman
The reluctant ghost is a tried and true tale in Hollywood and it repeated itself in 1978's Heaven Can Wait, a film that was a remake of 1941's Here… More
Aj V
Does the story sound familiar? Yes, it's been played around with in many films, but this one is good too. The movie has a good cast, and is directed by… More
Cassandra Maples
Heaven Can Wait is a milestone in Warren Beatty's long career. He produced, co-directed, co-written, and starred in this fantasy comedy of… More
Tim Sigur
I know this movie has been done umpteenth amount of times, but this one is good because of the cast. Warren Beatty is stellar as always and he has his old buddy… More
Leigh Ryan
It was funny and the ending was so romantic.