The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

DVD - 2005
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Eddie is an eighty-three-year-old war veteran. He spends his days maintaining the rides at Ruby Pier, a seaside amusement park. Now Eddie's own life is about to come to an end. One morning, an accident occurs on one of the rides. In front of a horrified crowd, Eddie attempts to save the five-year-old's life. The last thing he sees is the little girl's frightened face, the last thing he feels is the child's hands in his. Then, a blinding flash of light and silence, and Eddie reawakens in an unfamiliar place called Heaven. But he's not alone. Five people have been waiting to meet him.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Hallmark Entertainment ; Santa Monica, Calif. : Distributed by Artisan Home Entertainment, [2005]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Two hours and forty minutes, coming out of your life. I bet you fast forward.

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OurKnightsTale
Mar 15, 2019

I usually watch a movie prior to reading the book. This works 2 fold. #1 I am usually disapointed by the movie if I read the book 1st, reversing prevents that. #2 it gives me imagery while I read.
This movie was good. Not great, but good. It moved me.
We should all stop to pay attention to when/how our lives touch each other's.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 26, 2019

A decent adaptation of the book.

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Horseshoe
Nov 27, 2018

I enjoyed the book and the movie. I thought the movie followed the book pretty good.

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samjenks
Oct 05, 2018

They called it heaven but it was really more like purgatory, because heaven you won't be learning how, you will already know. So do all those things Eddy did in that movie while you are living.

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rain_chalice
Oct 02, 2018

I kept hoping Eddy would die quickly so I could get to the interesting part, ie. the Afterlife. Unfortunately, his afterlife was as dull as his life was. So much more could be done w this concept. Very shallow movie, and I couldn't get into the book either which should have warned me off the movie. What is all the hype about?

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 01, 2018

The 2004 movie The Five People You Meet In Heaven is based on the book by the same name. As an aging maintenance worker, Eddie dies trying to save a child from being crushed by an amusement park ride. Now in heaven, he meets five people who each have something to teach him. Having read the book, this movie is very well done. There were some truly great scenes, but when Eddie found out the truth about his dad and forgave him was really moving. With some valuable life lessons and tear jerking moments, I'd strongly suggest the tissues if you're the emotional type. 4 Stars
@Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Bidge
Jul 11, 2013

This is an excellent movie, I couldn't remember the title, but I knew the storyline, and the superb acting and relational theory to the full circle of life, and the meaning for it. I searched online for days, along with a friend in NY. By the way, this is the pier that was destroyed during Sandy, the roller coaster sitting in the waves in the Atlantic ocean, so sad... I will watch this over and over again, I saw it in 2005 when a friend said I had to watch this movie. It is now in my top 10 of movies you should view. Can't wait.

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librarydvds
Jan 13, 2013

Possibly the closest film adaptations of a book I’ve seen that also had an improvement. The book, although an excellent read, seemed a little fragmented at times when it came to the flashbacks. The movie showed the “ghosts” actually viewing the flashbacks helping to integrate the past into the story more effectively than the book did. One thing that was a little unfortunate and seemed a bit awkward was the lack of reference to Eddie’s love of dance that was so important in the book. Showing him dance in heaven at his wedding lacked the same impact because, unless the viewer had also read the book, he/she doesn't know that by dancing in heaven, Eddie is regaining the one ability he loved the most while he was on earth. I highly recommend both the movie and the book.

songbirdofGod Feb 14, 2012

An absolutely wondrous movie, very faithful to the equally wondrous book by Mitch Albom. Obviously, owing to the derogative comments posted here, this movie is not for everybody, but those with the imagination and broad mindedness willing to accept all and every type of fictional entertainment with equanimity. If you don't like it you don't like it period. This film was well written, well made, and well acted.

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