Heart and Souls

Heart and Souls

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Director: Ron Underwood

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard

     
 

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Director Ron Underwood follows up his crowd-pleasing hit City Slickers (1991) with this likable, feel-good comedy drama about a selfish businessman who discovers that he's permanently being followed by a group of ghosts. In 1959, a bus accident links the spirits of four fatally injured passengers to a newborn baby whose birth is caused by the crash. For 25See more details below

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Director Ron Underwood follows up his crowd-pleasing hit City Slickers (1991) with this likable, feel-good comedy drama about a selfish businessman who discovers that he's permanently being followed by a group of ghosts. In 1959, a bus accident links the spirits of four fatally injured passengers to a newborn baby whose birth is caused by the crash. For 25 years, Milo (Tom Sizemore), Harrison (Charles Grodin), Penny (Alfre Woodard) and Julia (Kyra Sedgwick) remain bound to Thomas Reilly (Robert Downey Jr.), who believes the quartet to be imaginary childhood friends that have long since disappeared. When the four spooks suddenly realize that they are meant to use Thomas as a conduit to bring closure to their unfinished corporeal lives, they reemerge, causing Thomas to think that he's gone insane. As he becomes reattached to his supernatural companions, however, Thomas' innate decency asserts itself and he begins helping them to right the wrongs in their lives, allowing them to possess his body to achieve their goal of settling accounts and moving on into the afterlife.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Much can be said about the career of Robert Downey Jr., but the one thing that can never be denied is the fact that, no matter what the project, he always puts everything into his role. Chaplin comes to mind and even Only You could support the idea, but perhaps no film illustrates Downey's ethos better than Heart and Souls. From a slightly above-average script and adequate direction from Ron Underwood, Downey almost single-handedly turns the film into a memorable and satisfying effort. As Thomas, a role any other actor could easily get away with phoning in, Downey turns in an Oscar-worthy performance that often outshines the film itself. Additionally, credit must also be given to the ensemble that make up Thomas' ever-present heavenly entourage. Alfre Woodard, Charles Grodin, Tom Sizemore, and Kyra Sedgwick bring the sort of effectiveness to their supporting roles that audiences have come to expect from them. Heart and Souls probably should have just been a pretty good movie, but with another marvel of a turn by Robert Downey Jr., it's nearly great.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
UPC:
0025192235962
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Downey Thomas Reilly
Charles Grodin Harrison Winslow
Alfre Woodard Penny Washington
Kyra Sedgwick Julia
Tom Sizemore Milo Peck
David Paymer Hal the Bus Driver
Elisabeth Shue Anne
Eric Lloyd Thomas Reilly--Age 7
Bill Calvert Mr. Frank Reilly
Lisa Lucas Mrs. Eva Reilly
Richard Portnow Max Marco
Pam Dixon Actor
Ernie Hudson Barry
Bob Newhart Actor
Kurtwood Smith Jeffrey Patterson
Chasiti Hampton Shirley Washington, age 7
Janet MacLachlan Agnes Miller
Sean O'Bryan John McBride
George Maguire Music Director
Marc Shaiman Piano Accompanist
Janette Caldwell Woman in Cadillac
Janet Rotblatt Mrs. Brodsky
Eric Poppick Mr. Polito
Ed Hooks Jim
Michael Halton Motorcycle Cop
Wren T. Brown Sgt. Wm. Barclay
Lorinne Vozoff Anne's Mom
Richard Roat Anne's Dad
Luana Anders Records Bureaucrat
John Goodwin Security Guard
John Durbin Stage Manager
B.B. King Himself
Tony Genaro Man at Farmhouse
Will Nye Frank's Football Buddy

Technical Credits
Ron Underwood Director
Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
O. Nicholas Brown Editor
Dixie J. Capp Associate Producer
Ken Chase Makeup
Sean Daniel Producer
Jean-Pierre Dorleac Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Bryce Goodman Musical Direction/Supervision
Gregory Hansen Co-producer,Screenwriter
James Jacks Producer
Brent Maddock Screenwriter
John Muto Production Designer
Dirk Petersmann Producer
Lauren Polizzi Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Roberts Producer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Adam Shankman Choreography
Michael W. Watkins Cinematographer
Dan Webster Art Director
S.S. Wilson Original Story,Screenwriter

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