Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Comedy, Heaven-Can-Wait Fantasies, Heavenly Comedy, Romantic Fantasy  |   Release Date - Jun 28, 1978 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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It might be named after Ernst Lubitsch's 1943 masterpiece, Heaven Can Wait, but this 1978 Warren Beatty vehicle was actually a remake of the 1941 classic Here Comes Mr. Jordan. Not bad company for co-director, co-writer and star Beatty to keep. He may have set out to fill some pretty big shoes, but he chose his collaborators well, recruiting co-director Buck Henry and screenwriter Elaine May to help re-create an intelligent, old-fashioned story. The snappy, amiable fun remained intact, making it one of the biggest hits of the year. It took much convincing for Beatty to get his ex-girlfriend, Julie Christie, in the role as his leading lady. When she finally agreed, she wasn't happy to be doing it and the resulting performance isn't her best. Legend has it that during the filming of an actual scene -- one where the voices weren't being recorded -- she told Beatty that she couldn't believe that he was still making such vapid films as this one.