Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Joe Pendleton... the only guy who ever raised Hell about going to Heaven.

  • Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
  • Release Date: 1978-06-28
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 373 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 41min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Directors: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty.
star 6.6/10
From 373 Ratings


Joe Pendleton is a quarterback preparing to lead his team to the superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he wasn't ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. A new body must be found, and that of a recently-murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant—the murderers—are confused by this development, as he buys the L.A. Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl.

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  • Warren Beatty

    as Joe Pendleton
  • Julie Christie

    as Betty Logan
  • James Mason

    as Mr. Jordan
  • Jack Warden

    as Max Corkle
  • Charles Grodin

    as Tony Abbott
  • Dyan Cannon

    as Julia Farnsworth
  • Buck Henry

    as The Escort
  • Vincent Gardenia

    as Krim
  • Joseph Maher

    as Sisk
  • Hamilton Camp

    as Bentley
  • Arthur Malet

    as Everett
  • Stephanie Faracy

    as Corinne
  • Jeannie Linero

    as Lavinia
  • Harry D.K. Wong

    as Gardener
  • George J. Manos

    as Security Guard
  • Larry Block

    as Peters
  • Frank Campanella

    as Conway
  • Bill Sorrells

    as Tomarken
  • Dick Enberg

    as TV Interviewer
  • Dolph Sweet

    as Head Coach
  • R. G. Armstrong

    as General Manager
  • Ed Peck

    as Trainer
  • John Randolph

    as Former Owner
  • Richard O'Brien

    as Advisor to Former Owner
  • Joseph F. Makel

    as Haitian Ambassador
  • Will Hare

    as Team Doctor
  • Lee Weaver

    as Way Station Attendant
  • Roger Bowen

    as Newspaperman
  • Keene Curtis

    as Oppenheim
  • William Larsen

    as Renfield
  • Morgan Farley

    as Middleton
  • William Bogert

    as Lawson
  • Robert E. Leonard

    as Board Member
  • Joel Marston

    as Board Member
  • Earl Montgomery

    as Board Member
  • Robert C. Stevens

    as Board Member
  • Bernie Massa

    as Coliseum Security Guard
  • Peter Tomarken

    as Reporter
  • William Sylvester

    as Nuclear Reporter
  • Lisa Blake Richards

    as Woman Reporter
  • Charlie Charles

    as Highwire Performer
  • Nick Outin

    as Chauffeur
  • Jerry Scanlan

    as Hodges
  • Jim Boeke

    as Kowalsky
  • Marvin Fleming

    as Gudnitz
  • Deacon Jones

    as Gorman
  • Les Josephson

    as Owens
  • Jack Snow

    as Cassidy
  • Curt Gowdy

    as TV Commentator
  • Al DeRogatis

    as TV Color Analyst
  • Benjie Bancroft

    as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Arline Bletcher

    as Woman in Line (uncredited)
  • Charlie Cowan

    as Football Player (uncredited)
  • Garrett Craig

    as Swimmer (uncredited)
  • Paul D'Amato

    as Swimmer's Friend (uncredited)
  • Robert Fortier

    as Wealthy Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
  • Allan Graf

    as Football Player (uncredited)
  • Bryant Gumbel

    as TV Sportscaster (uncredited)
  • Jim Healy

    as TV Sportscaster (uncredited)
  • Chick Hearn

    as Radio Announcer (uncredited)
  • Ray Pourchot

    as Board Member (uncredited)
  • Nick Raymond

    as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Elliott Reid

    as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Byron Webster

    as Waiter (uncredited)
Editing Don Zimmerman Editor
Directing Buck Henry Director
Sound Dave Grusin Original Music Composer
Writing Harry Segall Theatre Play
Production Warren Beatty Producer
Camera William A. Fraker Director of Photography
Directing Warren Beatty Director
Writing Elaine May Screenplay
Editing Robert C. Jones Editor
Art Paul Sylbert Production Design
Crew Dick Ziker Stunts
Production Hawk Koch Executive Producer
Production Charles H. Maguire Executive Producer
Writing Warren Beatty Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Theadora Van Runkle Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Richard Bruno Costume Design
Art George Gaines Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Lee Harman Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Lynda Gurasich Hairstylist
Sound Milton Lustig Music Editor
Sound Richard Oswald Sound Effects Editor
Production Charles H. Maguire Unit Production Manager
Directing Hawk Koch Assistant Director
Directing Craig Huston Second Assistant Director
Art Edwin O'Donovan Art Direction
Sound Tom Overton Sound Mixer
Sound John Wilkinson Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Directing Karen Hale Wookey Script Supervisor
Production Sam Bernstein Production Accountant
Art Alan Levine Property Master
Camera Nick McLean Camera Operator
Camera Peter Sorel Still Photographer
Lighting Doug Pentek Gaffer
Camera Art Brooker Key Grip
Production Patricia Mock Casting
Crew R.A. MacDonald Special Effects
Art Wayne Fitzgerald Title Designer
Crew Robert Towne Additional Writing
Crew Craig R. Baxley Stunt Coordinator
Directing Craig R. Baxley Second Unit Director
Camera Robert Samuels Second Assistant Camera