90 Minutes in Heaven

Synopsis: Based on a true story. A man was in a car crash and was in the car, without a pulse for an hour and a half, while EMT's and police waited for the coroner to pronounce him dead before he can be moved. A man comes along, who feels led to pray for the victim, gets in the car and starts to pray while singing praise songs. The 'dead' man starts singing along and EMT's confirm he now has a pulse. The victim fights his recovery, as he is angry that he was in heaven, only to have God bring him back in incredible pain. Was there a purpose to his return to earth?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Michael Polish
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

I died

on January 18, 1989.

I was the father

of three children,

the husband

of a wonderful wife.

A man with a great future.

I was 38 years old.

You comin'?

Oh, honey, you know.

It's not gonna

stop me from asking.

I would feel so terrible having six new

students start with a substitute teacher.

I still can't convince

my wife to have a...

a lovely weekend

with her husband.

We can sleep in,

order room service.

Room service?

There probably

isn't room service, but...

We could... We could, uh, pick up some

hamburgers and some strawberry milk shakes.

Oh. You're getting me.

I'm listening.

Get all cozy. Put on

some "Love Me Tender. "


I think we're

in a jailhouse rock now.

Ohh. How you doing?

Did you sleep well?




I think you're heavier. Uh, yeah.

Did you grow again?

Uh, no.

Rain check?


Where's your brother at?

I don't know.

- You don't know?

- No.

I gotcha. Oh!



Good morning. How you doing? Good.

Yeah? All right, guys,

there's not a lot of time.

Nicole, no dogs eating

at the table, please.

- Thank you, darling.

- Guys, there's not a lot of time.

Eat your food

real quick, please.

Mom, I would love

a cup of coffee.

Now, you know Daddy's gonna be

away for a couple of days, so...

In January of 1989,

I attended

a church conference

in the Trinity Pines suburb

of Houston,

where the focus

was on the growth

of the Union Baptist

Church Association.

I went because I was seriously

considering starting a new church.

We know that God

is calling to us

to tell others

about heaven

and how to go there.

The Gospel begins right here,

right where we are.

And it travels.

It travels

to every neighborhood,

every continent.

And the prize...


The prize

that we shall receive...

is heaven.




Little did I know that some of

the people listening that day

would be there

to help me later on.

You know you did something

baptist preachers almost never do.

Oh, yeah? What's that?

You finished early.


good morning, J.V.

It seems like I have

to walk to talk to you.

If you walk the walk.

I have to keep the ticker on

track since my heart attack.

How's that going,

by the way?

A whole lot better, thank you. Oh, good.

Rumor has it that you're thinking

about starting a new church?

Well, you've started so

many successful churches.

It's a roller-coaster ride,

beginning a new church.

Three steps forward,

two steps back.

It's challenging.


but challenging.

I believe it's time for me

to start a new congregation.

I would urge you

to be certain

that this is what God

really wants you to do

and that your family's

on board with the idea.


what inspires you

isn't what you end up doing.

It's about finding

your purpose.

Thank you.

That's it.

That's what it's all about...

finding your purpose.

And remember,

it's not about you.

I appreciate that.

Thank you, J.V.

It's 10:

On the dime.

- How are you, darlin'?

- Grading papers.

How's it going?

Good, good.

No matter where you

are in the world,

you always manage to call

me at 10:
00 every evening.

Is it tradition or love?

Love of tradition.

Very nice.

So, I, uh... I had a good chat with

J.V. Thomas about opening a new church.

He was very encouraging.

I'd say there's a great chance I can

actually start something this year.

Oh, that's exciting. We're

behind you a hundred percent.

I think I'm gonna have

to wrestle the twins to bed.

I don't know. That might be

the sound of Nicole growing up.

Oh, my, she'll be

a teenager soon enough.

Well, she is

ordering coffee now.

That's right.

Well, my love,

it's bedtime for all of us.

All right, darlin'.

Have a good night.

And I miss you.

And I'll look forward

to seeing you tomorrow.

I love you.

I love you.


Good night.

I remember

that only three weeks earlier,

I'd received a traffic ticket

for not wearing a seat belt.

Until I received that ticket,

I'd not usually worn my seat belt.

But after that,

well, I changed my ways.

That small act would be

a crucial decision.

I believe in a great God.

I believe in Jesus,

the son of God.

I believe in the Holy Spirit.

I believe in baptism.

I believe in communion.

I believe in a great God.

He's dead.

- Don, hi.

- Oh, Donnie, you're so beautiful.

Can you hear me?

State law decreed that a coroner

had to pronounce me dead

before my body could be removed

from the wreck.

There was no need for speed

because... I was dead.

I got no pulse.

We got no pulse at all.

All right?

- Does anyone wanna call this thing?

- Yeah. I got it.

We need to clean this mess up

so we can get this bridge open.

Yeah, I got 12:
15 now.

According to the report, the

collision occurred at 11:45 AM.

Well, it's 1:
00 PM.

Hey. What's going on up there?

Uh, a truck crashed into a car

and another car over there.

Multiple cars got hit.


Dick Onerecker.

I'm a minister.

Is there anybody here

I can pray for?

Yeah. The people in

those two cars over there.

They're, uh... They're

shaken, but they're fine.

You can talk to 'em

if you'd like.

What about the, uh,

car up there?

The one

with the tarp over it?

The man in the red Ford

is deceased.

I'd like to pray for him.

Well, like I said,

he's dead.

I- I know it sounds crazy,

but, uh,

I have to pray for him.

If that's what you wanna do, go ahead.

But I gotta tell you

it's an awful sight.

He's dead, and it's a

real mess under that tarp.

There's blood and glass everywhere,

and the body's all mangled.

I gotta warn you,

you do what you want,

but you've never

seen anybody this bad.

Try being a medic

in Vietnam.

I only know God

told me to pray for you.

He died instantly. There's

no pulse. God, I pray...

Yeah, that's what they

said when I got here.

that his sins are forgiven...

We did everything we could, but

the impact probably killed him.

and that

he's with you, God.

We need to get the jaws of life

ready for when the coroner gets here.


I pray, God,

that he knew you.

His father

and his friend.

Oh, praise God!

He's... He's singing!

He's... He's alive!


He's alive!

He's... He's alive!

The man... The dead

man is singing in there!

Oh, really? He's alive!

He was singing with me!

You just set a world record

for exiting a wrecked car.

Listen to me. He's

alive. The dead man...

Sir, I know a dead guy when

I see him. That man is dead.

Listen. He's alive.

He was singing.

We-We-We know our business,

okay? He-He's dead.

No! Listen,

look, look, look,

I'm gonna lay down

on this bridge.

You're gonna have to run over

me if you don't go check on him.

Just do me a favor. Just

check on his pulse, please.

Just... Just check

his pulse, that's all.

I'll check on him.

Come on.

Praise God!

- We got a pulse!

- Yes!

Come on! Let's go!

On three, fellas.

One, two, three.

We learned a lot

about seals today, didn't we?



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