What Dreams May Come

Synopsis: After Chris Nielsen dies in a car accident, he is guided through the afterlife by his spirit guide, Albert. His new world is beautiful and can be whatever Chris imagines. Even his children are there. But, when his wife, Annie, commits suicide and is sent to hell, Chris ignores Albert's warnings and journeys there to save her. Upon arrival, Chris finds that rescuing Annie will be more difficult than he'd imagined.
Director(s): Vincent Ward
Production: PolyGram Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations.
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113 min

[Splashing water]

'When I was young...

'I met this beautiful girl|by a lake.

Ow! Hey!

Scusi! Scusi!

Dov'e la Svizzera?

- No capisce.|- No capisce? Ou est la Suisse?


Oh, Suisse. Yeah.

Yeah, Switzerland. Hi.|Oh, you're American?

- So are you!|- Yeah.

Keep going till you smell|money or step in chocolate.

OK...thank you.

- Watch your head. You OK?|- I'm fine.

Can I sit here?

Actually, no.

Two years ago,|I reserved this specific area.

- What if I say please?|- That's the one exception.


Careful there.

You find Switzerland?

Ahm... I did.

I claimed it for Missouri.|Planted my flag...

and sold beads to the natives.

They had sandwiches there.|I brought you some.

I'm Ann.


[Swiss accent] Oh, the lady|who discovered Switzerland.

I'm Chris Nielsen.

- How did you know I'd be here?|- Ahm...I didn't.

[Children laughing]

Let's make it.

You've got to eat something.

- I can get something at school.|- I know what!

- I gotta carb up, I got a game.|- And a math test.

Yeah, I'm ready.

I'm cool.

If you get me, I won't|have to wait at his game.

Sorry, I have a meeting.|Angie's gonna pick you up...

before she gets your brother.

I'll let her take the van.

I'll see|your chorus thing tomorrow.

- I thought you couldn't.|- I don't wanna miss it.

We're late, guys!|I'll pull out the van.

- Hey, ace it, OK?|- Yeah(!)

Love you.

Do you...

want his breakfast?

[Car horn]

You mother puts|healthy stuff in. Don't...

..trade it for|chips and cookies.

'It was the last time|Annie and I saw them alive.'

[Minister] When death claims|the life of our children...

..we are left with|too many questions.

How do we make sense of|the feelings we're left with?

The Gospel according to Luke,

even the First Corinthians,

tell us of the extraordinary|paradise that awaits us.

The lucky winner is...Jacobs!

Stacy Jacobs.

Hello, Stacy, I'm Dr Nielsen.


Ah, too late.

Nice stream. He's feeling|better. He waited 10 years.

Stacy Jacobs!

What were you thinking?

It's all right.

My kid used to say,|"What's the difference?

"You weren't|looking anyway."

You like rabbits?

Yes? Then go like this.


We've given her|MRIs and... Whoa!

Wild rabbit. Watch out.

And also a CAT scan,|I believe.

Look at that. You have|more pictures than a supermodel.

- Do you ever wear glasses?|- No, she doesn't need glasses.

- Does your head hurt a lot?|- All the time.

Cup your hand, cover your nose|and mouth and breathe.

- Mrs Nielsen on four.|- That's my wife.

If you can do it longer than she|can talk, that's an achievement.

Christy, I've got a meltdown.

OK, take a breath.

Eight pieces from Germany|never arrived.

I've gotta choose replacements|the night before the opening,

re-hang them,|re-light them and I...

OK, focus.

It's our Double D-anniversary.|I'm ruining it.

- Double D, yeah.|- I'm sorry, I can't leave here.

'I'm sorry.'

Tell you what, how about this...

How about the Hudson Rivers?

'That gives us three.'

And the Hollenbeck...

'and the, uh,|Hennik 16, 19 and 23...'

- and the bridge.|- But they're in Fairfield...

I don't have anybody to send.

I'll get them|and take 'em to the gallery.

Huh... You'd do that for me?

Only if you're|incredibly grateful.

That's a chance to show yours.|It's very sexy.

OK, weirdo...

I'll be home late,|but I'll be home.

I love you, Bella.

I love you, too.


Do you like art?

My wife fixes paintings|and also makes some.

To me, paintings are the most|important things in the world...

next to your brain.

You feel better, don't you?


'I said, "I love you, Bella."

'I'll always remember that.

'At least I got to say it.'

[Car horns blaring]

- You all right?|- I think so.

I'm a doctor.

Don't move.

[Man] Chris?


[Man] Do you know|what's happened?

[Chris] I had a bad piece|of fish before bed.

Who are you? A doc?

Are you operating on me?

[Monitors beep]

Who are you?

Why can't I see you?|[Beeping increases]

[Dog barks]

[Chris]|Ginger, you see me?

[Man] She does.|Dogs are different.

Can you see me now?

[Chris]|Why are you so blurred?

I'll get clearer. Confused|how you got home so fast?

[Chris] Dreams don't deal|in time. Time doesn't count.

You've died, Chris.

Doc, if I were dead,|would I need you to tell me?

I guess you do.|Everyone's different.

I wish everybody would go home.

[Chris] Why do I see everyone?|Everybody but...

[Doc] You don't wanna see me.|You don't wanna be dead.

[Annie]|The kids were so young.

[Doc] You want to|remember your kids.

When they were still alive.

When she goes to the hospital,|I'm going too.

Marie... Katie's not...

Katie's not going there|to get better.


They're gonna give her a shot

- and she'll fall asleep.|- You're going to kill my dog?

I'm going to help her die, yes.

Honey, she hurts very...

..badly and nothing can help|her. I'm going to stop that,

- because I love her.|- You're killing my dog.

You get angry.

Death does that.

What'll happen to her?

Um... She'll go where we all go.

And how can that be bad?

[Ian] Come on, Dad!

Oh, my leg!

Thanks for not listening to Mom.

- About what?|- Just coming out here.

This whole day. She didn't want|us doing this, because of...

grades and stuff.

Your mother and I talked.

We always listen to each other.

So, I mean,|what'd you talk about?

About taking you|out of Head-Royce.

The school is wrong for you.

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Ronald Bass

Ronald Bass (born March 26, 1942), sometimes credited as Ron Bass, is an American screenwriter. Also a film producer, Bass's work is characterized as being highly in demand, and he is thought to be among the most highly paid writers in Hollywood. He is often called the "King of the Pitches".[citation needed] In 1988, he received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Rain Man, and films that Bass is associated with are regularly nominated for multiple motion picture awards. more…

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