Chances Are by Emile Ardolino |Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O'Neal | 14381860528 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Chances Are

Chances Are

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Director: Emile Ardolino

Cast: Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O'Neal


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Handsome young Washington attorney Louie Jeffries (Chris McDonald) has it all: a promising career, a beautiful wife, and a baby on the way. But after discovering a local judge is in cahoots with the Mob, Louie bites it in a car crash and finds himself in Heaven. Unsatisfied with the customer service he's receiving, Louie jumps the gun


Handsome young Washington attorney Louie Jeffries (Chris McDonald) has it all: a promising career, a beautiful wife, and a baby on the way. But after discovering a local judge is in cahoots with the Mob, Louie bites it in a car crash and finds himself in Heaven. Unsatisfied with the customer service he's receiving, Louie jumps the gun and gets himself reincarnated -- before being administered the magic injection that will remove his memories of his former life. For the next quarter-century, Louie's museum curator wife, Corinne (Cybill Shepherd), remains true to her husband's memory, ignoring the frustrated devotion of Louie's best friend, Philip Train (Ryan O'Neal). Meanwhile, Louie's soul grows up in the body of Alex Finch (Robert Downey Jr.), an aspiring journalist. Alex's memories of his life as Louie return after he becomes romantically involved with Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson) -- the daughter he never got to meet. Soon, Alex/Louie is romancing his wife, spurning his daughter's advances, and frustrating Philip's attempts finally to woo Corinne. Written by Mystic Pizza scribes Perry and Randy Howze and directed by Emile Ardolino of Dirty Dancing fame, Chances Are didn't score as well at the box office as those earlier comedies. Its soundtrack, however, generated the hit Peter Cetera and Cher ballad "After All."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This bubbly update of afterlife fantasies such as Death Takes a Holiday, Carousel, and especially Heaven Can Wait finds the ideal stars in Cybill Shepherd and Robert Downey Jr. With the razor-sharp comic timing she honed on TV's Moonlighting and the wacky zeal he exhibits in basically all of his roles, Shepherd and Downey invest Chances Are with just enough tongue-in-cheek self-consciousness to sell the material to modern audiences. The screenplay, by Perry and Randy Howze, has lots of fun adding a bit of bawdy sex appeal to this traditionally prim-and-proper genre, while Dirty Dancing director Emile Ardolino keeps things moving quickly enough that the seams don't show. Forced to play it straight, Mary Stuart Masterson and Ryan O'Neal don't get to have as much fun as the leads, but a fine supporting cast -- including L.A. Law veteran Susan Ruttan and old pro Fran Ryan -- generates plenty of chuckles. A sweet fable about honoring love's memory while getting on with one's life, Chances Are didn't earn the box-office returns that its stars and director might have expected. Still, it's dated much better than many '80s comedies and remains a charming rental or cable choice.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cybill Shepherd Corinne Jeffries
Robert Downey Alex Finch
Ryan O'Neal Philip Train
Mary Stuart Masterson Miranda Jeffries
Christopher McDonald Louie Jeffries
Josef Sommer Judge Fenwick
Joe Grifasi Omar
Susan Ruttan Woman in Bookstore
Fran Ryan Mavis Talmadge
James Noble Dr. Bailey
Ricardo de Angelis Hot Dog Vendor
Franchelle Dorn Receptionist
Henderson Forsythe Ben Bradlee
Lester Lanin Conductor
Jacquelyn Drake Bradlee's Secretary
Don Richards Bonino's Defense Attorney
June Thorne Clerk of the Court
Nat Benchley Marshal
Cliff McMullen Marshal
Carey Hauser Paramedic
Laura Lee Stetzel Paramedic
Max Trumpower Minister
Dennis Mancini Minister
Andrew Reilly Limbodrome Staff
Marc McClure Richard
Mimi Kennedy Sally
Kathleen Freeman Mrs. Handy
Dennis Patrick Archibald Blair
Martin Garner Mr. Zellerbach
Gianni Russo Anthony Bonino
Channing Chase Aide at Smithsonian

Technical Credits
Emile Ardolino Director
G.A. Aguilar Stunts
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Benziger Associate Producer
Andrew Bergman Executive Producer
Jeff Bushelman Sound Editor
Paul Timothy Carden Sound Editor
Larry Carow Sound Editor
David E. Diano Camera Operator
Louis L. Edemann Sound Editor
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Mike Fenton Casting
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Phil Fravel Stunts
Peter Garofalo Makeup
Miranda Garrison Choreography
Perry Gray Set Decoration/Design
Duane Hartzell Editor
John Hock Stunts
Perry Howze Screenwriter
Randy Howze Screenwriter
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Nils C. Jensen Sound Editor
Harry Keramidas Editor
Norman T. Leavitt Makeup
Michael Lobell Producer
Neil Machlis Executive Producer
Donald J. Malouf Sound Editor
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Cheri Minns Makeup
John Moio Stunts
Chuck Neely Sound Editor
Stan Parks Special Effects
Aldric La'Auli Porter Asst. Director
Jack Priestley Cinematographer
Sean Kelly Stunts
Spike Silver Stunts
Tom Snow Score Composer
William Steiner Camera Operator
Jerry Summers Stunts
Judy Taylor Casting
Kaori Turner Makeup
Dennis Washington Production Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chances Are
1. Start [4:04]
2. One Year Later [4:51]
3. In Court [1:18]
4. A Tip [1:15]
5. Off To Recycling [5:08]
6. Present Day [2:40]
7. The Smithsonian [2:35]
8. Dr. Bailey [2:15]
9. Alex In D.C. [2:30]
10. Mr. Bradlee [3:17]
11. Déjà Vu [3:29]
12. Flashback [1:38]
13. Dinner [1:54]
14. "I Was Louis!" [2:33]
15. Staying The Night [1:57]
16. Morning [3:28]
17. Waiting For Corrine [2:07]
18. "I'm Louis." [2:52]
19. Best Friends [2:27]
20. At The Bookstore [3:33]
21. Fund-Raising Gala [8:40]
22. Convinced [5:48]
23. "Go To Your Room!" [11:34]
24. "Wonderful, Wonderful" [8:59]
25. Midnight [3:33]
26. Back In Court [2:48]
27. Time For His Injection [3:53]
28. End Credits [6:52]


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Chances Are 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I think this movie is Funny and Cute. I like it so much because it makes me smile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie isn't one of the big blockbusters, but is a charming, sweet movie that will leave you feeling wonderful inside. The acting is not exceptionally great, but they do pretty well. Recommended for those rainy days or anytime you're feeling lonely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is nothing special, but not a waste of time, its just a run of the mill romantic comedy with a twist.
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