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What Dreams May Come [1998] (1 disc)

Director:Vincent Ward
Writer:Ronald Bass
Composer:Michael Kamen
Length:113 minutes
(1 hour 53 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Valentines Day
Sorting Category:Drama
Sorting Tub:Golf
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:56%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A man dies and finds the afterlife isn't like anything he expected. When his wife later commits suicide, he sets off on a mission through Hell itself to bring her out.

Reaction: Touching and very visual. This is a great movie if you want to be pulled through despair by an undying love.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Vincent Ward => Director
Ronald Bass => Writer
Michael Kamen => Composer
Richard Matheson => Novel
Annabella Sciorra => Annie Collins-Nielsen
Benjamin Brock => Little Boy at Lake
Carin Sprague => Best Friend Cindy
Clara Thomas => Little Girl at Lake
Cuba Gooding Jr. => Albert Lewis
James Cotner => Weary warrior
Jared Dorrance => Little Boy on Dock
Jessica Brooks Grant => Marie Nielsen
Josh Paddock => Ian Nielsen
June Carryl => Woman in Car Accident (as June Lomena)
London Freeman => Kid by the Dock
Lucinda Jenney => Mrs. Jacobs
Maggie McCarthy => Stacey Jacobs
Matt Salinger => Reverend Hanley
Max von Sydow => The Tracker
Paul P. Card IV => Paramedic
Robin Williams => Chris Nielsen
Rosalind Chao => Leona
Werner Herzog => Face
Wilma Bonet => Angie

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The "Hell" scenes were shot on the decrepit, rusted hulk of the Essex class aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CV-34). The ship was later sunk to make room for an artificial reef on 17 May, 2006.
  • The director's mother is among the people flying around in the great library.
  • When Chris goes to the city in Heaven where people are flying around, watch for characters from Peter Pan (Wendy, Michael, John) and Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins) among the people flying.
  • The title is derived from William Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 1): "To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil must give us pause..."
  • One of a small number of films shot on Fuji Velvia (RVM) film stock. Velvia is a type of film used most frequently for still photography of landscapes and other subjects because of its very high color saturation. It is only rarely employed for cinematography, usually when special effects are required.
  • Chris Nielsen's fictional grave is located in Mount View Cemetery in Oakland, California. Near the scene's filming location is a real gravesite for an Anna Nielsen and her husband.
  • [?] Dawn Soler, the musical supervisor for the film has said in an interview that [?] W. Axl Rose intended to have the unreleased [?] Guns N' Roses song {This I Love} in this movie but for some reason the director didn't use the song.
  • The original score was composed by Ennio Morricone. However, Morricone's score was rejected after some initial screen tests. No explanation for the rejection has ever been given by the director or producers.
  • Annette Bening auditioned for the role of Annie Nielsen.
  • The original prints of the film, which were stored at a video vault in Universal Studios Hollywood's backlot, were lost in the June 1st, 2008 backlot fire.