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Release Date: June 28th, 1978

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 1999

PG|1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary
Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, is killed in an auto accident. In the afterlife, Joe discovers that his guardian angel (Buck Henry) has taken him from his body prematurely, and he is due many more years on earth. Unable to return to his body, Joe assumes the form of greedy multimillionaire industrialist Leo Farnsworth. As Farnsworth, Joe attempts a return to football and falls in love with environmental activist Betty Logan (Julie Christie).

Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Jack Warden, James Mason, Dyan Cannon, Charles Grodin, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia

Director: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 1970s, Death, Los Angeles, Transformation, Touching, Lighthearted, Love


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Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
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Nominated Best Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
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