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What Dreams May Come

  • Aug 10, 2009
This is my favorite movie of all time. The VERY best of the best!

I saw this movie in the theater when it was first released more than a decade ago. It was a movie I'll always remember and one which truly moves me beyond tears (right from the very beginning to the very end). It was beautiful, sensational, awesome and soulful movie. The artistic impression was great. The story challenging. The romance between the soul mates mystic. The love portrayed between relationships wholesome. It truly is the BEST!

Naturally, the acting is as natural and as real as can be.

That was when I first watched it a decade ago. 

I came across clips of the movie again just last week on Youtube. And I began to watch it again... online. The quality doesn't do justice to the original film (I do have the DVD of the movie but it's in the warehouse right now, most of my belongings are). Please get the original if you are watching this for the first time. You'll truly enjoy it beyond your imagination. I simply love the intricacies of the imagination of the author (Richard Matheson, who also happens to write the book Bid Time Return & filmed as Somewhere in Time) & the artistry of Hollywood. This is one major contribution Hollywood has for mankind, imho. 

The major theme in this movie is LOVE. Not life after death, not heaven & hell, not pragmaticism. It is just simply love... love between soulmates, love between parent & child (& vice versa), love between friends. It is also one where reality is tested, brought to the edge and then return to earth again. The movie is beyond beyond words, challenging to one's senses & believes and moving to the core. Love teaches us to accept, to live on and to not ever give up on one another. That to me is what make this movie a huge success! Enjoy it !!!

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November 20, 2009
Haven't seen the movie but I read the Richard Matheson book. The book was phenominal! I'll try to catch the movie if it airs on cable.
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What Dreams May Come is a 1998 dramatic film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Annabella Sciorra. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson, and was directed by Vincent Ward. The title is taken from a line in Hamlet's To be, or not to be soliloquy.


Soulmates Chris (Robin Williams) and Annie (Annabella Sciorra) have an idyllic marriage together. However, following the death of their two children in a car accident, Annie becomes isolated and mentally unstable from guilt, and is institutionalized. After four years, the couple reconciles, but on the anniversary of the event Chris is killed in a car accident, finding himself in a Heaven derived from his wife's paintings.

Despite the paradise he now inhabits, Chris is unhappy without Annie. When she commits suicide in guilt over Chris' death, the act consigns her to Hell. Determined that they belong together, Chris commences a quest through Hell to rescue her, in the process discovering a number of characters from his past.

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Director: Vincent Ward
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: October 2, 1998
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 53min
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