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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Television movie directed by Lloyd Kramer

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"Life has to end...Love doesn't."

  • Jul 9, 2009
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Eddie (Jon Voight) is an old man who has spent his whole life doing maintenance at the Ruby Pier amusement park. Today, one of the rides malfunctions and threatens a child's life. As he rushes to save her, he is whisked to Heaven where he meets five people from his past - people he loved and hated, and even one he didn't know at all.

I expected this movie to be sappy and maudlin and in a way it was, but it was so well done I was quite moved by it. Eddie's trip to Heaven is much like Scrooge's in "A Christmas Carol," but instead of three ghostly guides, Eddie is met by five people who touched his life or who were affected by his and who ease his transition to the great beyond. It's a fantasy world with frightening war scenes and innocent love scenes, and while I watched I couldn't help but think of my own life, quite ordinary like Eddie's, but who knows how many I have affected for better or worse?

I tear up easily at sad movies, but this time I went far beyond sobbing; I wailed the whole time. The movie really got to me. We're all going to find out what death is like someday and I'm more than curious. Also, as I've aged and lost dear ones, I long to see them again. This is a thought-provoking, tender tale that really touched my heart.
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July 09, 2009
Sounds fascinating. Thanks for the tip. Sounds like a flick I would be interested in seeing.
July 10, 2009
It sure makes you think. Bring your tissues!
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review by . October 15, 2008
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Pros: acting, scenery, lighting techniques, story     Cons: sound quality     The Bottom Line:   "All the way to heaven is heaven  Caught between the spirit and the dust  All the way to heaven is heaven  Deep inside of us"  ~Melissa Etheridge           This was an interesting interpretation of how one views their self worth while they travel through life. It …
review by . January 21, 2006
It isn't often that the movie version of a good book is as good as the book itself, but this is one time it actually happened. I thought the book was profound on a level that Tuesdays with Morrie never reached. Jon Voigt is a superb actor, and he is outstanding in 5 People. The rest of the cast is excellent as well. While some people may regard the "message" as trite or schlocky, this powerful dramatization of the fact that our lives are all interlocked is something we need to be reminded of often.  It …
review by . June 13, 2005
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"This is a story of a man named Eddie who was shown the secret of heaven: that each life affects the other, and the other affects the next. The world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - The Five People You Meet In Heaven DVD    A critical, abusive, alcoholic father. The nightmares--and a physical wound--courtesy of war. Infertility. A beloved wife struck down with a neurological disease. Evaporating dreams of being an engineer, replaced with a life-long job as …
review by . March 21, 2005
"..each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." These words are uttered by Ellen Burstyn at the end of this Hallmark movie version of that persistent little best seller by Mitch Albom THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN. And that about sums up the content of this simplistic story of how all of us are connected, that each of our lives is significant even if not apparent while being lived.    Mitch Albom serves …
About this movie


Based on the bestseller by Mitch Albom (Tuesdays With Morrie),The Five People You Meet in Heaventakes up whereIt’s A Wonderful Lifeleft off. In the Capra classic, George Bailey gets a vision of life without him. In this Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Eddie (Jon Voight), an amusement park maintenance man and war veteran, ends up in Heaven after an accident takes his life. There he meets five people from his past: the Blue Man (Jeff Richards), the Captain (Michael Imperioli), Marguerite (Dagmara Dominczyk), Ruby (Ellen Burstyn), and Tala (Nicaela and Shelbie Weigel). Each shows him how he impacted their life or they his--and not always for the better. (In these flashbacks, Callahan Brebner and Steven Grayhm play the young Eddie.) The point may seem simplistic--everyone is connected--butThe Five People You Meet in Heavenfinds a unique and engaging way to make it.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Director: Lloyd Kramer
Release Date: 2004
Screen Writer: Mitch Albom
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
Runtime: 133 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
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