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* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: The whole plot starts from a escort angel snatching out Joe's soul for his body due to wanting to spare him some pain, when he wouldn't have actually died.


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* BatmanGambit: A failed one when Tony tries to get Farnsworth killed during the football scrimmage by tryngin to convince an imposing player that Farnsworth is a racist so he'll go after him harder.


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* TheComicallySerious: The butlers and maids at Farnsworth's house, as they deal with his eccentricities.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The real Farnsworth and his board of directors have plenty of dangerous and environmentally unsound stuff going on.


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** She does reference signing an unfavorable pre-nup though.


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* EekItsAMouse: Tony claims this was the reason that Julai screamed when she saw Fansworth still alive.


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* AMillionIsAStatistic: Joe is saddened when [[spoiler:The second new body he gets is his teammate Jarrett, as he had wished the man well in spite of his desire to have a new body as an athlete]].


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* PoliceAreUseless: The detective assigned to [[spoiler:Farnsworth's murder]] largely ignores Max and Betty's claims about the suspects, spends unusually long time obsessing over Farnsworth's decision not to wear hats anymore and [[spoiler:Solves the case largely by luck when a gardener finds a piece of evidence]].

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* BodySurf: While waiting for a suitable body, Joe is parked in the body of an elderly millionaire.


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* DivineMisfire: Joe is taken up to heaven, but it seems that the Escort made a mistake and it wasn't his time.


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* EyesAreMental: Joe makes a reference to how maybe, if Betty sees him again, she'll see something in his eyes and recognize him. At the end she seems to do just that, when she takes a good look at Joe in Tom Jarrett's body.


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* UnconventionalSmoothie: It seems that a "liver and whey" shake is part of Joe's training regimen. He also throws in some alfalfa and bean curd.


''Heaven Can Wait'' is a 1978 comedy film directed by Creator/WarrenBeatty and Buck Henry, both of whom also star in it along with Creator/JamesMason, Creator/JulieChristie, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin, and Dyan Cannon.

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''Heaven Can Wait'' is a 1978 comedy film directed by Creator/WarrenBeatty and Buck Henry, Creator/BuckHenry, both of whom also star in it along with Creator/JamesMason, Creator/JulieChristie, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin, and Dyan Cannon.



* CallBack: After finding out that he's probably going to have to leave the body of Farnsworth behind, Joe embraces Betty and says "There's nothing to be afraid of." At the end of the movie, when the lights are turned off in the Coliseum, Joe-as-Tom-Jarrett takes her hand and says the same words, which strikes Betty as something very familiar.



* DivorceRequiresDeath

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* DivorceRequiresDeathDivorceRequiresDeath: California is a community proper state, so it would seem that Julia could just divorce Farnsworth and get half. But no, she wants to kill him and get it all.



* ItIsNotYourTime
* LieToTheBeholder

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* ItIsNotYourTime
ItIsNotYourTime: The Escort plucks Joe up to heaven, because he thought the truck was going to hit him. But Joe wasn't scheduled to due until 2025 and the Escort wound up cheating him out of 47 years of mortal life. So Mr. Jordan has to find Joe another body.
* LieToTheBeholderLieToTheBeholder: To the viewer, Joe still appears as Warren Beatty. But everyone who looks at him sees Farnsworth.


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* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: Ends with Joe, who has now become Tom Jarrett and forgotten his old life, walking off with Betty into a MaybeEverAfter future.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Joe finally has the body he wants in Jarrett, but he no longer has memories of his old life, meaning that he can't remember Betty. Though the movie ends with a hopeful note that they'll fall in love again as they leave together.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Joe finally has the body he wants in Jarrett, who had just died in a freak accident on the field, but he no longer has memories of his old life, meaning that he can't remember Betty. Though the movie ends with a hopeful note that they'll fall in love again as they leave together.]]


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* OhCrap: Joe Pendleton and the escort have a subdued version of this as they watch the former's ashes being scattered in the cemetery garden, because they realize at that moment he no longer has a body to be returned to.
-->'''Joe Pendleton''': Oh, dear.


The story follows Joe Pendleton (Beatty), a backup quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, who is looking forward to leading his team to the Super Bowl when he is involved in a terrible collision with a truck. A guardian angel on his first assignment (Henry) plucks Joe out of his body early in the mistaken belief that his death is imminent, and Pendleton arrives in the afterlife. It is then decided that Pendleton was taken too soon, but as it is too late to return him to his former body he is given a second chance as a millionaire who had been drowned by his lover and secretary. The film follows him taking this opportunity to life the life he missed out on.

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The story follows Joe Pendleton (Beatty), a backup quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, who is looking forward to leading his team to the Super Bowl when he is involved in a terrible collision with a truck. A guardian angel on his first assignment (Henry) plucks Joe out of his body early in the mistaken belief that his death is imminent, and Pendleton arrives in the afterlife. It is then decided that Pendleton was taken too soon, but as it is too late to return him to his former body (which has been cremated), he is given a second chance as a millionaire who had been drowned by his lover and secretary. The film follows him taking this opportunity to life the life he missed out on.



** Chekhov's Cannon. The cannon at Farnsworth's mansion that gets fired after flags are raised and lowered seems confusing when it keeps getting shown earlier in the film, but [[spoiler:Tony ends up using the cannon blast as a cover for the fatal gunshot he aims at Leo.]]
** Joe's saxophone [[spoiler:which in the final locker room scene becomes important as a sign that Joe has now become Tom Jarrett and doesn't remember anything about his past lives.]]

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** Chekhov's Cannon. The cannon at Farnsworth's mansion that gets fired after flags are raised and lowered seems confusing when it keeps getting shown earlier in the film, but [[spoiler:Tony ends up using the cannon blast as a cover for the fatal gunshot he aims at Leo.]]
Leo]].
** Joe's saxophone [[spoiler:which in the final locker room scene becomes important as a sign that Joe has now become Tom Jarrett and doesn't remember anything about his past lives.]]lives]].



* MurderTheHypotenuse: Julia and Tony's plans to murder Leo, though they're PlayedForLaughs [[spoiler:until they succeed.]]

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Julia and Tony's plans to murder Leo, though they're PlayedForLaughs [[spoiler:until they succeed.]]succeed]].


''Heaven Can Wait'' is a 1978 comedy film directed by Creator/WarrenBeatty and Buck Henry, both of whom also star in it along with Creator/JamesMason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin, and Dyan Cannon.

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''Heaven Can Wait'' is a 1978 comedy film directed by Creator/WarrenBeatty and Buck Henry, both of whom also star in it along with Creator/JamesMason, Julie Christie, Creator/JulieChristie, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin, and Dyan Cannon.


* SimilarlyNamedWorks: It has the same name as a 1943 film by Creator/ErnstLubitsch. This is actually a plot point in the film ''Film/{{Hostage}}'', where the MacGuffin is a DVD with secret information encoded on it in a case for the Lubitsch film, but there's also a copy of this film in the collection.


* SimilarlyNamedWorks: It has the same name as a 1943 film by Creator/ErnstLubitsch''. This is actually a plot point in the film ''Film/{{Hostage}}'', where the MacGuffin is a DVD with secret information encoded on it in a case for the Lubitsch film, but there's also a copy of this film in the collection.

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* SimilarlyNamedWorks: It has the same name as a 1943 film by Creator/ErnstLubitsch''.Creator/ErnstLubitsch. This is actually a plot point in the film ''Film/{{Hostage}}'', where the MacGuffin is a DVD with secret information encoded on it in a case for the Lubitsch film, but there's also a copy of this film in the collection.



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* SimilarlyNamedWorks: It has the same name as a 1943 film by Creator/ErnstLubitsch''. This is actually a plot point in the film ''Film/{{Hostage}}'', where the MacGuffin is a DVD with secret information encoded on it in a case for the Lubitsch film, but there's also a copy of this film in the collection.


''Heaven Can Wait'' earned nine UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations, winning for Best Art Direction. Beatty and Cannon won Golden Globes for their performances, as did the film for Best Picture-Comedy or Musical.

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''Heaven Can Wait'' earned nine UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations, winning for Best Art Direction. Beatty and Cannon won Golden Globes for their performances, as did the film for Best Picture-Comedy or Musical.
Musical. As noted above, it's a remake of ''Here Comes Mr. Jordan'', and thus has no connection with the 1943 Creator/ErnstLubitsch movie ''Film/{{Heaven Can Wait|1943}}''.

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* BlackComedy: Probably the biggest departure from ''Film/HereComesMrJordan'' is how this film plays Tony and Julia's attempts to kill Leo [[PlayedForLaughs For Laughs]].


The screenplay (written by Beatty, Creator/ElaineMay, and an uncredited Robert Towne) was adapted from the 1938 stage play of the same name by Harry Segall, which had previously been filmed in 1941 as ''Film/HereComesMrJordan'', and would be remade again in 2001 as ''Film/DownToEarth''.

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The screenplay (written by Beatty, Creator/ElaineMay, and an uncredited Robert Towne) Creator/RobertTowne) was adapted from the 1938 stage play of the same name by Harry Segall, which had previously been filmed in 1941 as ''Film/HereComesMrJordan'', and would be remade again in 2001 as ''Film/DownToEarth''.


''Heaven Can Wait'' earned nine AcademyAward nominations, winning for Best Art Direction. Beatty and Cannon won Golden Globes for their performances, as did the film for Best Picture-Comedy or Musical.

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''Heaven Can Wait'' earned nine AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations, winning for Best Art Direction. Beatty and Cannon won Golden Globes for their performances, as did the film for Best Picture-Comedy or Musical.

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* RasputinianDeath: How Tony and Julia view Leo (unaware that he's receiving supernatural help).

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