Made in Heaven [DVD] [1987]

  • SKU: 18958971
  • Release Date: 11/03/2009
  • Rating: PG
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Made in Heaven
With Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis as the leads, and a premise that reads like classic Hollywood fantasy in the Here Comes Mr. Jordan vein, Made in Heaven probably sounded splendid on paper - like a real charmer. And in the right hands, it could have been exactly that. But the producer-scriptwriters flubbed by bringing in Alan Rudolph, one of the most eccentric of all directors, and someone with whom they supposedly had major creative differences. Rudolph has made outstanding movies (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Choose Me), but he tends to make oddball choices in every one of his films. In certain contexts, that off-center approach works, but Heaven is the type of material that calls for a more conventional studio filmmaker - a Dick Benjamin or a Garry Marshall. What we get is exactly the opposite; as it stands, the movie buckles beneath the weight of bizarre and quirky elements, such as an in-drag supporting role from Debra Winger (who looks like Martin Short here), as the movie's divine emissary; self-indulgent cameos by Rudolph's friends, such as Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Ric Ocasek; and a weird subplot with Ellen Barkin as a coked-out, gun-wielding nut who recruits Hutton's character to hold up a bar. There are other problems, as well, including one glaring lapse in continuity (during Hutton's first scenes back on Earth), and an unsatisfactory excuse for an afterlife. The movie's Heaven not only looks sloppy, with cheap, unimaginative studio sets, but it suffers from a lack of cohesion - we never believe that this is an actual place. And it functions according to poorly-conceived and murky rules, particularly the notion that heavenly residents can summon an individual, or create their surrounding environment, simply by imagining it. (Think of the narrative problems that this would introduce if the scriptwriters had taken it to its logical conclusion!) The sort of fanciful storytelling that this movie aims for has worked beautifully elsewhere, but the best examples demonstrate an air-tight narrative logic - such as Emile Ardolino's wonderful 1989 fantasy Chances Are. The producers of Made in Heaven had probably hoped for something along those lines, but wound up with a misfire. Actually, the movie's finest element may be its theatrical one-sheet poster, with one of the most endearing promotional images and taglines in memory, but the content doesn't live up to the expectations that the advertisement sets forth. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Timothy Hutton
    Timothy Hutton - Mike Shea/Elmo Barnett
  • Kelly McGillis
    Kelly McGillis - Annie Packert/Ally Chandler
  • Maureen Stapleton
    Maureen Stapleton - Mike's Aunt Lisa
  • Don Murray
    Don Murray - Ben Chandler
  • Ellen Barkin
    Ellen Barkin - Lucille

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Celestial Love Story

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    Made In Heaven is a film starring Kelly McGillis as initially Annie Packert and Timothy Hutton initially as Mike Shea. The character of Mike Shea dies via drowning after attempting to save some people from being trapped in an automobile. Shea was on his way to California before his death and had just been dumped by his girlfriend. Mike Shea dies and is then greeted in heaven by his Aunt Lisa (Maureen Stapleton). His aunt explains to him how heaven works and he soon goes about seeing what heaven is like for himself. He soon meets a spirit named Annie and unexpectedly falls in love with her. Annie ends up reincarnating back on earth just as her and Mike were mapping out their life together in heaven. Anyhow, the spirit of Mike Shea petitions with one of heaven’s guides named Emett (Debra Winger) in order to reincarnate back on earth. The reason being is because he obviously loves Annie dearly and appears to naturally be hesitant to wait the length of another human lifetime just to be with her. There are multiple guest appearances from other celebrities in Made In Heaven As Well (Tom Petty, Ric Ocasek from the Cars, Ellen Barkin, and Neil Young). This film is best for those who like romantic movies with a spiritual slant.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    i never get tired of watching this movie


    I love this movie.when I first bought it .was only on vcr format. I lost it somewhere over the years of moving.and was happy to see I can repurchase it. great stars in this will always be one of my favorites.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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