Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

The movie just reaired on Hallmark Saturday night. I saw it when it originally aired on ABC a few years ago. The book was good, and the movie was just as good. Jon Voight plays the character Eddie, with appearances by Jeff Daniels, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Imperoli.

"Everyone is in your life for a reason."
"We are all connected. Strangers are family you have yet to come to know."

If you have not seen it, you should - it is a very good story. I have to admit it is a long movie, I, personally, think it could have been told in two hours, but that's just me. But, I can be impatient.


you begin again.... said...

My sorority sister gave me this book as her "big sis" gift at initiation. I cried all the way through it, literally.
Really spells out how all of our lives touch each other and how we're all changed by them.
If the movie is half as good, it is worth it to sit through it. Peachy, have a glass of wine and settle down! MUAH!!

Peachy said...

I had seen the movie before and it is VERY good. There is an encore showing Saturday @ 6 on Hallmark. It is amazing how he weaved the story and connected all the dots. I love good storytelling.