Heaven Can Wait
Heaven Can Wait (1978)

In this film, Warren Beatty plays pro-football-player Joe Pendleton, who is whisked to Heaven before his due date by over-eager celestial escort Buck Henry. The erudite Mr. Jordan arranges for Joe to enter the mortal coil of a cold-hearted… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 28, 1978
DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 89% 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.

Judith Martin
Washington Post

This is a very sweet movie to watch, the pleasant cinematic equivalent of light summer reading.

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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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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Still-relevant '70s comic fantasy has some profanity.

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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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Geoff Brown
Time Out

The film drags its feet uncertainly from beginning to end.

Jo 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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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A pro-footballer is given a second chance after being taken out of the game early. A milquetoast remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan, I would advise you see the… 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
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