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What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 2 October 1998 (USA)
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Chris Nielsen dies in an accident, and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife Annie has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.

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Vincent Ward

Writers:

Richard Matheson (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay) (as Ron Bass)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Chris Nielsen
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Albert Lewis
Annabella Sciorra ... Annie Collins-Nielsen
Max von Sydow ... The Tracker
Jessica Brooks Grant ... Marie Nielsen
Josh Paddock ... Ian Nielsen
Rosalind Chao ... Leona
Lucinda Jenney ... Mrs. Jacobs
Maggie McCarthy ... Stacey Jacobs
Wilma Bonet Wilma Bonet ... Angie
Matt Salinger ... Reverend Hanley
Carin Sprague ... Best Friend Cindy
June Carryl ... Woman in Car Accident (as June Lomena)
Paul P. Card IV Paul P. Card IV ... Paramedic
Werner Herzog ... Face
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Storyline

During a holidays in Switzerland, a young Chris Nielsen meets by chance Annie Collins in a lake when their boats slightly collide. Sharing a snack when they meet a few hours later, Chris and Annie fall in love each other. Marrying quickly, Chris works as pediatrician and Annie as artist painter and art dealer, and they turn in parents of two children, older Ian and elder Marie. But their happy family life torn apart when being Ian and Marie teenagers, a car accident kills both and the nanny who was driving the van where they were. Four years later, Chris and Annie try to restore their life despite the tragedy and celebrate their anniversary when while he returns to home in his car after to end his daily work, Chris witnesses a car accident in a tunnel during a rainy night. Exiting of the car in an attempt to help people, another car crashes against him, hurting severally. Dying in the hospital, Chris turns in a ghost around his house and his recently widowed Annie, trying tell her ... Written by Chockys

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

After life there is more. The end is just the beginning.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving death, some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Dreams May Come See more »

Filming Locations:

Ross, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,833,592, 4 October 1998

Gross USA:

$55,382,927

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,382,927
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

One of a few films shot on Fuji Velvia (RVM) film stock. Velvia is a type of film used most frequently for still photography of landscapes and other subjects because of its very high color saturation. It is only rarely employed for cinematography, usually when special effects are required. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when Chris and Annie are reunited in "heaven", Annie has nicely tweezed eyebrows but then in the next shot she has thick eye brows. See more »

Quotes

Albert: Are you loosing your fear?
Chris Nielsen: Fear?
Albert: That you disappeared? You didn't, you only died.
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer after the end credits: "The persons and events in this production are fictitious. No similarity to actual persons, living, dead or reincarnated is intended or should be inferred." See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in Thailand (and most likely in some other countries) both theatrically and on DVD has a song 'Beside You' that plays over the first portion of the end credits. It is sung by "Simply Red' and credited to Mark Snow and Michael Kaman. The credits go on to say that Chris and Annie's theme, which plays on the credits of the American release and throughout the body of both versions, is based on variations of 'Beside You' by Mark Snow and Michael Kaman. However, the American credits say that Chris and Annie's Theme is based upon variations of 'Beside You' written by Martin Fulterman and Michael Kaman. See more »

Connections

References Peter Pan (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Chris & Annie's Theme
Based on variations of "Beside You"
Composed by Mark Snow (as Martin Fulterman) and Michael Kamen
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Incredible and heartbreaking
14 August 2014 | by Chanandler-BongSee all my reviews

Given the recent loss of the incredible talent of Robin Williams I found this film incredibly moving. Ir made me think about what his heaven would be like, if he was watching his family grieve and I hope he's found peace. This film hits home for a lot of us, obviously because Robin killed himself. I don't believe people who commit suicide out of sadness or loss of hope go to hell, I believe they go to heaven like everyone else - Maybe that's just me being idealistic. As a film though, this moved me a lot. It was quite a sad film but at the same time there were moments of joy and sweetness. The acting was superb. I've never seen Robin act in this kind of role and I think it brought out his gentle, loving side people who knew him often spoke about. He spoke with this fascinating softness that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.I feel he should be more well know for this role because its a great film. Annabella was also brilliant , she really brought out the raw emotion and pain a widow goes through after not only losing her children but then her husband. Although Cuba played a small part in this, his was also a great piece of acting (I wouldn't expect anything less from him). I cried a lot through this film, all for various reasons including the death of Robin and that pain of seeing him being wonderful and I am really going to miss him, also the film was very moving and does make you think, it also made me think of my life and what I'd do if certain people tragically left my life. So it hit home on quite a few levels. For its time the CG is actually pretty good, I've seen worse CG in films nowadays. Anyway, a fantastic film and anyone wishing to see a moving performance by Robin should watch this, he's incredible and always will be. I hope he's in his own private heaven at peace right now.


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