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      Heaven Can Wait

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      89% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 75% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve (Don Ameche) dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil (Laird Cregar), however, isn't so sure Henry meets Hell's standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts his life's deeds, both good and bad, including an act of indiscretion during his 25-year marriage to his wife, Martha (Gene Tierney), with the hope that "His Excellency" will arrive at the proper judgment. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Count German expat Ernst Lubitsch among the directors whose films require a darkened theater and a willing audience to even work -- you just won't get him at home on your flatscreen. Rated: 5/5 Jun 16, 2016 Full Review Chuck Wilson Village Voice Heaven Can Wait may be 73 years old, but it's vibrant and alive, and teaching us anew the central language of film. Jun 15, 2016 Full Review Variety Staff Variety ... A smooth, appealing and highly commercial production. Lubitsch has endowed it with light, amusing sophistication and heart-warming nostalgia. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand Ernst Lubitch’s first film in color is a gorgeous evocation of idealized Americana through three generations and a charming if meandering romantic comedy. Mar 8, 2024 Full Review Edward Porter Sunday Times (UK) ... This comedy is quite audacious in its liberal idea of what virtue looks like. Oct 24, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy What begins as a sprightly comedy eventually turns into an affecting look at loneliness, ageism and mortality. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 7, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B The ending is a fairly obvious one but the rest of the movie is often operating on a more complex level than you might expect from this type of comedy. It's also very funny which doesn't hurt. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/24 Full Review nick s I'll give it high marks for the production effort, but the humour feels like a product of its time. A little too dated for me. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/06/23 Full Review joel h Heaven Can Wait is like a lesser version of It's a Wonderful Life. The plot is about a look back through someone's life in order to find the moments that defined them. However, Heaven Can Wait uses the framework of a man who is trying to figure out if he is destined for heaven or if he's supposed to go "where innumerable people had told him so often to go." It was entertaining to see Don Ameche as a young man playing an old man, when I've only really known him as an old man in my lifetime. It takes a little while to get where it's going, but it has some endearing moments, and it also makes you think. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Ed M Slow, dated. Although seeing Charles Coburn and Eugene Pallette in the same movie is awesome. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 12/29/21 Full Review Audience Member The ending is a fairly obvious one but the rest of the movie is often operating on a more complex level than you might expect from this type of comedy. It's also very funny which doesn't hurt. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent movie, much fun, great cast! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve (Don Ameche) dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil (Laird Cregar), however, isn't so sure Henry meets Hell's standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts his life's deeds, both good and bad, including an act of indiscretion during his 25-year marriage to his wife, Martha (Gene Tierney), with the hope that "His Excellency" will arrive at the proper judgment.
      Director
      Ernst Lubitsch
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox
      Genre
      Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 11, 1943, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 1, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 52m
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