USA Today - 03/09/1990
"...[A] Technicolor 'Man Confronts Satan' fantasy, directed by the incomparable Ernst Lubitsch....With Gene Tierney and an astonishing cast of character-actor legends..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/17/2005
"Lubitsch nimbly conveys the passage of time..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry's sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch's Heaven Can Wait, nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity and grace.
A sharp romantic comedy with the Lubitsch touch. When a dearly departed former playboy (Ameche) goes to Hell, he must convince the ruler of the realm of darkness that he has come to the right place. He recounts his life story including his unfaithfulness to his beautiful wife (Tierney), but as his life flashes in front of his eyes, he and the devil find he was a terribly good father, a horribly loyal husband and a hideously kindhearted soul. Academy Award Nominations: Best Color Cinematography, Best Picture, Best Director.