Heaven Can Wait 1978

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Heaven Can Wait ★★★ 1978 (PG)

A remake of 1941's “Here Comes Mr. Jordan.” L.A. Rams quarterback Joe Pen-dleton (Beatty) is summoned to heaven before his time. When archangel Mr. Jordan (Mason) realizes the mistake, Joe is returned to Earth but it's in the body of a wealthy industrialist who's about to be murdered by his unfaithful wife Julia (Cannon) and his nervous secretary, Tony (Grodin). But Joe is about to let a little thing like murder prevent him from playing in the Super Bowl—new body or not. Christie's the new love interest; Warden's the gruff coach. Not to be confused with the 1943 film of the same name. 101m/C VHS, DVD . Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, James Mason, Jack Warden, Buck Henry; D: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry; W: Elaine May, Warren Beatty; C: William A. Fraker; M: Dave Grusin. Oscars ‘78: Art Dir./Set Dec.; Golden Globes ‘79: Actor—Mus./Comedy (Beatty), Film—Mus./Comedy, Support. Actress (Cannon); Writers Guild ‘78: Adapt. Screenplay.