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Just saw this for the first time, many years after Heaven Can Wait


I saw Heaven Can Wait when I was a kid 30 years ago, and had heard that it was a remake of this movie, but hadn't ever seen this one until now. Frankly, I do think Warren Beatty's version is better, but I found the similarities and differences in the two movies interesting. He lifted whole scenes and dialogue direct and unaltered from the first movie. But I do like the way he updated it and mde it about being a quarterback in the SuperBowl much better.

I still object to the whole "soul-merging" thing at the end of both movies - there's another thread on that, so I won't rehash that here - but I do think Beatty's is better. While watching this one, from nearly 70 years ago, it did seem incredibly dated. Although I haven't seen Heaven Can Wait in a lot of years, I'd bet it's still pretty fresh.




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I saw this 27 years ago as teenager and it quickly became my favourite movie, which amuses my wife. She finds it strange that someone who like movies like 'Phantasm' and Romero's zombie saga could have this as their favourite movie.

I like the remake with Beatty. For me it retains the essence of what makes the original a success. Pendleton is an instantly likable character and we want to see the situation resolved in his favour.


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No contest for me. You just can't take the narcissist out of any Warren Beatty character while Robert Montgomery went on to become a decorated WWII veteran.
I would have expected the Beatty-Christie relationship to end up in divorce within a year.

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Plus, in the remake, he doesn't do something really detrimental to himself to help the Betty Logan character. In the first incarnation, he admits to selling bogus securities and repays all the investors to get Betty's father out of jail. That's why the board goes so crazy.In the remake, he just agreed not to build an oil refinery in a small town in Scotland. It has a bit of a trendy (at the time) environmental message. In the board meeting, he talks about saving dolphins "would you pay more to save a fish that thinks?"
I like the motives of the Robert Montgomery "Joe" better.

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I also saw Beatty's version first. And I agree that his version is slightly better, though the two films have more in common than different.

Some viewers point to the scene at the end, in the tunnel, as the great moment in the film. Yes, but I think it's done better in the later film, when she says, "You're the quarterback?" and it really is a statement as much as a question.

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for me, Claude Rains set this movie apart from the remake


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I think the Beatty version had a bit more humor, which I appreciated. I liked both versions but it's hard to beat Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Dyan Cannon, Charles Grodin and the great Jack Warden.

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