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Heart and Souls (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 13 August 1993 (USA)
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An unhappy businessman finds a new sense of purpose after he's tasked with helping a quartet of ghosts fulfill their last wishes before moving on to the afterlife.

Director:

Ron Underwood

Writers:

Gregory Hansen (short film), Gregory Hansen (screen story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Thomas Reilly
Charles Grodin ... Harrison Winslow
Alfre Woodard ... Penny Washington
Kyra Sedgwick ... Julia
Tom Sizemore ... Milo Peck
David Paymer ... Hal the Bus Driver
Elisabeth Shue ... Anne
Bill Calvert Bill Calvert ... Frank Reilly
Lisa Lucas ... Eva Reilly
Shannon Orrock Shannon Orrock ... Woman at Audition
Michael Zebulon Michael Zebulon ... Singer at Audition
Chasiti Hampton ... Shirley Washington - Age 7
Wanya Green Wanya Green ... Diane Washington - Age 8
Janet MacLachlan ... Agnes Miller
Javar David Levingston Javar David Levingston ... Billy Washington - Age 4
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In 1959, in San Francisco, the telephone operator Penny Washington leaves her three children to work in her night shift. The shy singer Harrison Winslow is afraid of the stage and quits his audition. The waitress Julia is proposed by her boyfriend and she does not accept; then she regrets and leaves her job to seek him out. The smalltime thief Milo Peck tries to retrieve a collection of stamps that he had stolen from a boy. They embark in a bus and the driver Hal distracts while driving and has a serious accident, and driver and passengers die. Meanwhile, Frank Reilly is driving his pregnant wife Eva Reilly to the hospital. Frank successfully escapes from the bus but Eva is nervous and delivers her baby in the car. The souls of the four passengers become the guardian angels and the invisible friends of the boy Thomas Reilly. Seven years later, Penny, Julia, Harrison and Milo conclude that they are harming the boy and they decide to become invisible also to him. Thirty and something ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A comedy about two hearts, four souls...and second chances. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to website filminamerica.com, the filming location of the coach crash had "the bus dropped from Stockton Street at California down below the tunnel to Stockton at Sacramento. The Ritz Carlton Hotel at 600 Stockton Street" was visible. The IMDb gives the location as "Stockton Tunnel Southern Approach Overhang, Bush Street and Stockton Street, Downtown, San Francisco, California". See more »

Goofs

When the school-age Thomas goes to the boys room, and comes out of the bathroom stall and goes to wash his hand, he doesn't push on the faucet button to start the water flow, and yet he is "washing" his hands See more »

Quotes

Hal the Bus Driver: It is time, ooooh!
Milo Peck: It is time? Ooooh?
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Connections

Features The Donna Reed Show (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk Like A Man
Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Performed by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Courtesy of The Four Seasons Partnership
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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STIRRING!!!
5 October 2003 | by nifabsSee all my reviews

Robert Downey Jnr & the supporting talent have made this sheer magic and a thrill to relive whenever it's shown.

The plots soars and soars and finally settles firmly in rediscovery. The four lost souls drift about not knowing their purpose though firmly tied to RDJ but they are without cause when they finally discover their unfulfilled purpose, they manage to use their their one earthly link to try and accomplish all they had unfinished on earth.

Robert Downey Jnr sails ahead of the story and cast and it takes the wit, earthiness, sass and charm of Sizemore,Grodin,Woodward and Sedgwick respectively to keep up with him which they do without dominating or underplaying their roles.

The underlying themes of repentance for Sizemore, personal victory for Grodin, rediscovery & bonding for Woodward and self forgiveness and sacrifice for Sedgwick are beautifully visited so much so that you're unaware of the depth till the the credits start rolling.

The final scene was a fitting climax for this simple but deeply stirring movie.

Never leave till tomorrow what you may able to do today,always live your dreams and follow your destiny but do so with your feet terra firma!!!

Hearts And Souls scores soundly : 9/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 fantasmi per un sogno See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,322,250, 15 August 1993

Gross USA:

$16,589,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,589,540
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2.39 : 1
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