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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.

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Ron Underwood

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Gregory Hansen (short film), Gregory Hansen (screen story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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The story of four souls who needed a body and one guy who needed some soul. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The pictured was nominated for ten Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films (Saturn) Awards, including Best Fantasy Film, and two nominations each for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, but the film only won just the one Saturn Award, for Best Actor - Robert Downey, Jr. See more »

Goofs

The trolley poles of the trackless trolley are clearly not making contact with the wire in certain shots. See more »

Quotes

[to a child he robbed]
Milo Peck: Hey, life's tough. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Mostly you don't get what you want.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I Only Have Eyes For You
Written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren
Performed by The Flamingos
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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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