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Heaven Can Wait

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Warren Beatty & Buck Henry

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About the Movie

Heaven Can Wait is a romantic fantasy about Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), a Los Angeles Rams quarterback who is accidentally summoned to Heaven by an overly zealous celestial escort. Pendleton is returned to earth in the body of another man, who is a corporate giant. While practicing to once again play for the Rams, Pendleton must escape attempts on his life while romantically pursuing a beautiful English woman (Julie Christie) who protests the destruction caused to her village by one of his many corporations.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [The film] has everything going for it: big laughs, populist politics, billowy sequences set in heaven, a murder plot, a climactic Super Bowl game, a supporting cast of choice comic actors, and best of all, a touching (but PG) romance. – Frank Rich, TIME Magazine, Jan 24, 2014

Fresh: Heaven Can Wait is an outstanding film. – Variety Staff, Variety, May 27, 2011

Fresh: This is a very sweet movie to watch, the pleasant cinematic equivalent of light summer reading. – Judith Martin, Washington Post, Aug 30, 2016

Fresh: This is the kind of upbeat screwball comedy Hollywood used to do smoothly and well. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Heart warming and funny.

TOP 10

Top 10 movie for sure. Lovable and enjoyable. deserved the oscars for best picture!

Heaven Can Wait

This is truly my all time favorite film! Fantastically funny with lot's of warmth!

Heaven Can Wait
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 1978

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