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Heart and Souls [1993] (1 disc)
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Director:Ron Underwood
Writer:Brent Maddock
Erik Hansen
Gregory Hansen
S.S. Wilson
Composer:Marc Shaiman
Length:104 minutes
(1 hour 44 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:55%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Family
  • Fantasy
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Synopsis: A businessman is reunited with the four lost souls who were his guardian angels during childhood, all with a particular purpose to joining the afterlife.


Reaction: Cute and charming. It's nice to see Robert Downey Jr. in such a low-key role, but still kicking it.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Ron Underwood => Director
Brent Maddock => Writer
Erik Hansen => Writer
Gregory Hansen => Writer
S.S. Wilson => Writer
Marc Shaiman => Composer / Piano Accompanist
Alfre Woodard => Penny Washington
B.B. King => Himself
Bill Calvert => Frank Reilly
Charles Grodin => Harrison Winslow
Chasiti Hampton => Shirley Washington - Age 7
Chloe Webb => Patient in Psychiatric Ward (uncredited)
David Paymer => Hal the Bus Driver
Elisabeth Shue => Anne
Eric Lloyd => Thomas Reilly - Age 7
Jamilah Adams Mapp => Samantha Barclay - Age 3
Janet MacLachlan => Agnes Miller
Javar David Levingston => Billy Washington - Age 4
Kurtwood Smith => Patterson (uncredited)
Kymberly Newberry => Angela Barclay
Kyra Sedgwick => Julia
Lisa Lucas => Eva Reilly
Michael Zebulon => Singer at Audition
Robert Downey Jr. => Thomas Reilly
Robert William Newhart => Bob Newhart
Shannon Orrock => Woman at Audition
Tom Sizemore => Milo Peck
Wanya Green => Diane Washington - Age 8
Will Nye => Frank's Football Buddy

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Cameo: Marc Shaiman: The film's composer as an audition piano accompanist.
  • Cameo: B.B. King: As himself.
  • Before she dies, Julia is seen waitressing at "The Purple Onion", a real San Francisco club where comedians such as Phyllis Diller and the Smothers Brothers ([?] Dick Smothers and [?] Tom Smothers) performed. When Julia's boyfriend shows up, the comedian on stage is dressed like, and performing one of the monologues of, Bob Newhart, because he is played by his real life son, Robert William Newhart. As of 2013, it is his only movie credit.
  • One of two 1993 feature films featuring actor Robert Downey Jr. which were first released in this year. The other picture was Robert Altman's Short Cuts.
  • One of two 1993 feature films featuring actress Alfre Woodard which were first released in this year. The other picture was Bopha!. It's also the second of two ghost movies that actress she appeared in within five years. The first picture had been Scrooged.
  • The picture was nominated for ten Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (Saturn) Awards including Best Fantasy Film and two nominations each for Best Supporting Actor and Actress but the film only won just the one Saturn Award, for Best Actor - Robert Downey Jr..
  • This was the first movie that David Paymer was seen in after Mr. Saturday Night for which he had received an Academy Award Best Supporting Actor nomination. The film was also one of two 1993 feature films featuring Paymer which were first released in this year. The other picture was Searching for Bobby Fischer.
  • One of four 1993 feature films featuring actor Charles Grodin which were first released in this year. The other movies were Dave, Beethoven's 2nd and So I Married an Axe Murderer.
  • Appearing uncredited as a psychiatric ward patient in this movie was American actress Chloe Webb who ironically had also appeared uncredited in another earlier poltergeist picture , as Elaine in Ghostbusters II.
  • One of four 1993 feature films featuring actor Tom Sizemore which were first released in this year. The other movies were Watch It, True Romance and Striking Distance.
  • Some of the literal English language translations of this film's foreign language titles, according to the Robert Downey Jnr Film Guide website, are: Argentina: El Amor es Eterno (Love is Eternal); Brazil: Morrendo e Aprendendo (Dying and Learning); France: Drôles de fantômes (Funny Ghosts); Germany: Vier Himmlische Freunde (Four Heavenly Friends); Israel: One More Chance for Life (English translation); Italy: Quattro Fantasmi Per Un Sogno (Four Ghosts for a Dream); Japan: When Love is Smiling (English translation); Poland: Serce i Dusze (Heart and Souls); Spain: Corazones y Almas (Heart and Souls).
  • Star Robert Downey Jr. has also worked with Alfre Woodard on The Singing Detective, with Elisabeth Shue on Soapdish and with Tom Sizemore on Natural Born Killers.
  • Actor Robert Downey Jr. has said of this film at the Robert Downey Jnr Film Guide website: "Ron Underwood really attracted me to Heart and Souls. It's a character-driven film about sacrifice-the sacrifices people make for one another, and the sacrifice you have to make to find any semblance of bliss. And then there's Thomas whose head is spinning from the realization that these souls are real, and he's going to have to bend a little to make room for them ... Real fine, San Francisco, lots of money. Probably one of the best times in my life. Good movie ... It's a fun movie, in which I only have to wear one costume. Even my hair stays the same in the whole movie, and the only thing I had to do was act. So that was a piece of cake".