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Chances Are (1989)

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A reincarnated man unknowingly falls in love with his own daughter from his previous life. Once he realizes this, he tries to end their relationship before angels erase his memory.

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Emile Ardolino
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cybill Shepherd ... Corinne / Wife
Robert Downey Jr. ... Alex
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Miranda / Louie and Corinne's daughter
Christopher McDonald ... Louie / Husband
Ryan O'Neal ... Philip / Louie's friend
Josef Sommer ... Fenwick / Judge
Joe Grifasi ... Omar
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Ben Bradlee
Susan Ruttan ... Woman in the Bookstore
Lester Lanin Lester Lanin ... Conductor
Richard DeAngelis ... Hot Dog Vendor
Franchelle Stewart Dorn Franchelle Stewart Dorn ... Receptionist (as Franchelle Dorn)
Jacquelyn Drake Jacquelyn Drake ... Bradlee's Secretary
Don Richards Don Richards ... Bonino's Defense Attorney
June Thorne June Thorne ... Clerk of the Court
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Storyline

Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated as Alex Finch, and twenty years later, fate brings Alex and Louie's daughter, Miranda, together. It's not until Alex is invited to Louie's home that he begins to remember his former life, wife and best friend. Of course, there's also the problem that he's attracted to Louie's/his own daughter. Written by Rob Hartill

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What if.. A place you'd never seen, felt like home. A person you never met, felt like family. A life you never lived, felt like yours. For Alex, it's not just a feeling, it's real. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cielo se equivocó See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,278,590
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Attention to detail for the look and feel of the film extended to Cybill Shepherd. The filmmakers and Shepherd wanted her character of Corinne Jeffries to appear as different as possible from her Moonlighting (1985) Maddie Hayes character. To achieve this, they cut her hair at least five inches in a more conservative style. Costume Designer Albert Wolsky draped Shepherd in a lot of black and/or structured clothing at the beginning of the film, also noting that "We never see her wearing black on Moonlighting (1985)." In the second half of the film, as Corinne Jeffries (Cybill Shepherd) starts to mentally and physically open up, Wolsky dressed her in softer, more voluminous creations. Wolsky explained: "Her colors get softer, the fabrics go from wools to chiffons and cottons." Director of Photography William A. Fraker highlighted Shepherd with his own special brand of luminous lighting. The veteran Cinematographer was well suited for the movie, not only was his work highly respected within the film industry, but, having shot Shepherd in her Loreal commercials, Fraker was very familiar with the actress. See more »

Goofs

As Alex and Corinne are getting undressed, Alex's underpants change from white or light blue boxers in the close-up to darker blue boxers with white trim in the long shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Philip Train: [Philip the best friend and best man, tells Louie the groom, he's in love with Corinne the soon-to-be married bride] Louie. There's something I have to tell you.
Louie Jeffries: [as Corinne walks up the aisle in her wedding dress] Now?
Philip Train: I'm in love with Corinne.
Louie Jeffries: [Louie smiles not taking his eyes off Corinne] I know.
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Connections

Referenced in Striptease (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

CHANCES ARE
Music by Robert Allen
Lyrics by Al Stillman (as Al Stillman)
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Chances Are, you'll like it!!!
18 April 2001 | by settemberSee all my reviews

I was always a big fan of this movie, first of all have you seen the cast, the acting is superb and help make this movie move along very well. Cybill Shepherd was given great reviews for her role, and they were well deserved. The beginning of this movie starts in the past when Corinne Jeffries (Cybill) whose picture-perfect marriage comes to a shattering halt when her husband Louie dies unexpectedly. Fortunately, Louse gets a second shot at life when he agrees to be "recycled" back to earth as the newborn Alex Finch (Robert Downey, JR). Alex goes on to live his new life forgetting his past life while Corinne tries to get on with hers. But fate crosses Alexs path 23 years later when he meets Corinne's daughter Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson) and is suddenly flooded with a wealth of unwanted memories (this is where the fun begins, and embarrassing situations occur.) The music is great and the scenes are heart felt and very cute. You wont be disappointed if you give it a chance, Chances Are you'll like it. Very funny and sweet!


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