"Even in heaven, there's only justice - nothing but justice," wails Liliom, a bad husband and bad criminal who kills himself after a botched robbery, only to float up into a DMV-office heaven peopled with fat, disheveled angels wearing store-bought wings. The angels give him a number and tell him to get in line along with all the other deadbeats. Soon enough he will get his turn before the bar of justice. When his number is finally called and the head angel begins to interrogate him about his bad behavior while on Earth (he was a chronic woman-slapper, for starters), Liliom puffs out his chest and declares that heaven must accept him for who he is, on his own terms.

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