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Chances Are

original film poster
Directed by Emile Ardolino
Produced by Mike Lobell
Written by Perry Howze
Randy Howze
Starring Cybill Shepherd
Robert Downey, Jr.
Ryan O'Neal
Mary Stuart Masterson
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography William A. Fraker
Editing by Harry Keramidas
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) March 10, 1989
Running time 108 min.
Gross revenue $15,900,000

Chances Are is a 1989 romantic comedy film written by Perry & Randy Howze and directed by Emile Ardolino. Starring Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey, Jr., Ryan O'Neal, and Mary Stuart Masterson. The original music score was composed by Maurice Jarre. Chances Are may have been inspired by the films The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975) and Karz (1980).[1]



Young D.A. Louie Jeffries is killed in a car crash in 1964 but manages to slip by the pearly gates and is instantly reborn. 23 years later, his widow Corinne still misses him, and ignores the frustrated devotion of his best friend Phillip Train. When Phillip brings home the college graduate Alex Finch, Alex suddenly realizes he is in fact Corinne's dead husband reborn. His memories of his life as Louie return after he becomes romantically involved with Louie's (his) daughter Miranda. Soon, Louie starts romancing his widow, spurning his daughter's advances, and frustrating Phillip's attempts to court Corrine.


Many scenes were filmed in Georgetown, Washington, D.C..


The movie soundtrack included the Billboard's Top 10 single hit song "After All" (composed by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford) performed by Cher and Peter Cetera. This was nominated for Academy Awards Best Original Song. Another is the song of the same title sung by Johnny Mathis.

Main cast

Actor Role
Cybill Shepherd Corrine Jeffries
Robert Downey, Jr. Alex Finch
Ryan O'Neal Phillip Train
Mary Stuart Masterson Miranda Jeffries
Christopher McDonald Louis Jeffries
Josef Sommer Judge Fenwick
Joe Grifasi Omar
Henderson Forsythe Ben Bradlee
Fran Ryan Mavis Talmadge


  1. ^ Doniger, Wendy (2005), "Chapter 6: Reincarnation", The woman who pretended to be who she was: myths of self-imitation, Oxford University Press, pp. 112–136 [128-31 & 135], ISBN 0195160169  

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