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Chances Are Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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." ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:March 10, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dean Pitchford Best Original Song 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dean Pitchford Best Song 1989 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Emile Ardolino
Director
Michael Lobell
Producer
Perry Howze
Screenwriter
Randy Howze
Screenwriter
Jack Priestley
Cinematographer
William A. Fraker
Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Keramidas
Editor
Duane Hartzell
Editor
Dennis Washington
Production Designer
Leslie Benziger
Associate Producer
Neil Machlis
Executive Producer
Andrew Bergman
Executive Producer
Robert R. Benton
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Stan Parks
Special Effects
Aldric La'Auli Porter
First Assistant Director
Yudi Bennett
First Assistant Director
William Steiner Jr.
Camera Operator
Spike Silver
Stunts
Phil Fravel
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar
Stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks
Stunts
John Hock
Stunts
John Moio
Stunts
Miranda Garrison
Choreography
Mike Fenton
Casting
Judy Taylor
Casting
Gary A. Hecker
Foley Artist
Mel Metcalfe
Re-Recording Mixer
Terry Porter
Re-Recording Mixer
Alicia Stevenson
Foley Artist
Gary Kudroff
Set Dresser
Gemma La Mana
Still Photographer
Gilbert Young
Transportation Captain
Greg Langham
Electrician
Greg Walters
Second Assistant Camera
Al Laverde
Key Grip
Bruce Ericksen
Costumes Supervisor
Bruce Wineinger
Construction Coordinator
Carolyn Mock
First Assistant Accountant
Cheri Minns
Makeup
Chris Moseley
Second Assistant Camera
Chuck Neely
Sound Editor
Cynnie Troup
Script Supervisor
Darin Knight
Production Sound Mixer
Dean Drabin
Foley Mixer
Doc Kane
ADR Mixer
Alexandra Leviloff
First Assistant Editor
Paul Timothy Carden
ADR Supervisor
Paul Timothy Carden
Sound Editor
Michele Imperato
Assistant Production Coordinator
Martin Nelson
Second Assistant Editor
Donald J. Lee, Jr.
Second Assistant Director
Mychal Smith
Cable Person
Joel Marrow
Transportation Coordinator
Neil Machlis
Unit Production Manager
Norman Lang
Electrician
Peter Garofalo
Makeup
Stuart Neumann
Location Manager
Stuart Stein
Second Assistant Camera
Susan Kalinowski
Hair Styles
Ty Suehiro
Best Boy Grip
Barbara Gutman
First Assistant Accountant
Romaine Greene
Hair Styles
Sandy Brooke
First Assistant Camera
Sharon Gerhard
Second Second Assistant Director
Shelley Kirkwood
Unit Publicist
John Moio
Stunts Coordinator
Jules Strasser
Boom Operator
Kaori Turner
Makeup
Kathy Durning
Music Editor
Kenneth Searle
Transportation Captain
Kim Magnusson
Production Assistant
Larry Carow
Sound Editor
Larry Lennert
Hair Styles
Lori Stilson
Costumes Assistant
Lynda Gurasich
Hair Styles
Mario Iscovich
Location Manager
Mark Zachary
Production Assistant
Michael Steciuk
Grip
Mike Higelmire
Set Dresser
Jack Priestley
Second Unit Director
Jane Urbanczyk
Production Assistant
Jeff Bushelman
Sound Editor
Jeffrey Pentek
Electrician
Jennifer Neiman
Production Accountant
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