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Heaven Can Wait (1978)

When the Heavenly Authorities decide that Joe Pendleton’s life as a pro football quarterback was ended prematurely he finds himself sent back to Earth – but reincarnated as a millionaire with a murderous wife more dangerous than any football tackle he had endured in his previous life.

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Warren Beatty co-directs and stars as the football player accidentally selected to die after a car accident.

Realising he has been called before his time, Beatty bargains with celestial James Mason and gets the chance to live again but in someone else’s body.

Beatty’s undeniable charm was a perfect fit for this gentle, witty update of Here Comes Mr Jordan (1941), and Dyan Cannon and Charles Grodin are a scream.

Joe Pendleton
Warren Beatty
Betty Logan
Julie Christie
Mr Jordan
James Mason
Max Corkle
Jack Warden
Tony Abbott
Charles Grodin
Julia Farnsworth
Dyan Cannon
Escort
Buck Henry
Krim
Vincent Gardenia
Sisk
Joseph Maher
Bentley
Hamilton Camp
Everett
Arthur Malet
Corinne
Stephanie Faracy
Lavinia
Jeannie Linero
Gardener
Harry D K Wong
Peters
Larry Block
Conway
Frank Campanella
Tomarken
Bill Sorrells
Haitian ambassador
Joseph K Makel
Oppenheim
Keene Curtis
Renfield
William Larsen
Middleton
Morgan Farley
Lawson
William Bogert

Director
Warren Beatty
Buck Henry