Deceased drifter Mike (Hutton) arrives in Heaven and quickly falls for newborn soul Annie (McGillis), soon to start her assignment on Earth. When Annie leaves, Mike follows, risking all to find her with no memories of their previous existence.
- Mike Shea (Timothy Hutton) to Annie (Kelly McGillis)
New York Times - 11/06/1987
"…MADE IN HEAVEN has a disarming gentleness and a light, buoyant charm….Hutton's unusual earnestness takes him far…"
Variety - 09/09/1987
"...[The film has] a certain quality of gentleness and warmth..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Can love bridge the gap between Earth and Heaven? Moviemakers have thought so for decades. And the pursuit of eternal bliss has never been so sly, engaging or magical as when Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis strike up a romance Made in Heaven.
Deceased drifter Mike (Hutton) arrives in Heaven and quickly falls for newborn soul Annie (McGillis), soon to start her assignment on Earth. When Annie leaves, Mike follows, risking all to find her in her new identity with neither having memories of their previous celestial existence.
Maureen Stapleton, Amanda Plummer and an array of star cameos highlight what director Alan Rudolph (Afterglow, Welcome to L.A.) calls a "good old-fashioned fairy tale of destiny and love."
Mike Shea (Timothy Hutton) dies and goes to heaven, where he falls in love with Annie (Kelly McGillis). They get married and are about to live happily ever after for all eternity when Annie is reincarnated and sent down to earth. Lost without her, Mike makes a deal with his guardian angel to let him reincarnate as well so he can find her. The only problem is neither will remember more than slight feelings and intuitions of their life in heaven, and they will have only 30 years to find each other.
Brimming over with touches both clever and poignant, this romantic saga is a shamelessly perfect date movie and a story of beautiful inspiration for the noncynical. There's also a lot of great music from composer Mark Isham and Neil Young, whom both also appear in the film, as does Tom Petty, Ric Ocasek, Amanda Plummer, Ellen Barkin, writer Tom Robbins, and saxophone legend Pee Wee Ellis. Director Alan Rudolph directed from a screenplay by producers Bruce Evans and Raymond Gideon.
MADE IN HEAVEN begins with the untimely death of its hero and his arrival in heaven. After some initial adjustments, he meets Annie and falls in love. Annie is a new soul due to be reborn, and he must risk everything and return to Earth to find her.
Debra Winger appears unbilled, in drag, as Emmett, the ruler apparent in heaven, who becomes Elmo's guardian angel.
Writer Tom Robbins, author of STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER and EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES, appears in the film. He also makes cameos in Alan Rudolph's BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS and MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE.
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