A businessman is reunited with the four lost souls who were his guardian angels during childhood, all with a particular purpose to joining the afterlife.
Release Year: 1993
Rating: 6.6/10 (6,752 voted)
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard
In 1959, in San Francisco, the telephone operator Penny Washington leaves her three children to work in her night shift. The shy singer Harrison Winslow is afraid of the stage and quits his audition. The waitress Julia is proposed by her boyfriend and she does not accept; then she regrets and leaves her job to seek him out. The smalltime thief Milo Peck tries to retrieve a collection of stamps that he had stolen from a boy. They embark in a bus and the driver Hal distracts while driving and has a serious accident, and driver and passengers die. Meanwhile, Frank Reilly is driving his pregnant wife Eva Reilly to the hospital. Frank successfully escapes from the bus but Eva is nervous and delivers her baby in the car. The souls of the four passengers become the guardian angels and the invisible friends of the boy Thomas Reilly. Seven years later, Penny, Julia, Harrison and Milo conclude that they are harming the boy and they decide to become invisible also to him…
Writers: Gregory Hansen, Gregory Hansen
Robert Downey Jr.
Hal the Bus Driver
Woman at Audition
Singer at Audition
Shirley Washington – Age 7
Diane Washington – Age 8
Javar David Levingston
Billy Washington – Age 4
The story of four souls who needed a body and one guy who needed some soul.
Release Date: 13 August 1993
Filming Locations: 2810 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, California, USA
Did You Know?
Before she dies, Julia is seen waitressing at "The Purple Onion", a real San Francisco club where comedians such as Phyllis Diller and the Smothers Brothers (Dick Smothers and Tom Smothers) performed. When Julia's boyfriend shows up, the comedian on stage is dressed like, and performing one of the monologues of, Bob Newhart, because he is Newhart's son.
When the school-age Thomas goes to the boys room, and comes out of the bathroom stall and goes to wash his hand, he doesn't push on the faucet button to start the water flow, and yet he is "washing" his hands
[to a child he robbed]
Hey, life's tough. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Mostly you don't get what you want.
Enchanting tale of man "possessed" by friendly spirits
Robert Downey Jr. is wonderful as the man who became the medium for 4
people who died in a bus accident at the same moment the hero was born.
As a child these "friends" were known only to him, eventually leading
to psychiatric evaluations because parents, teachers et al insisted
something had to be wrong with this child. While still a small child,
the "spirits" decide it's time for him to be "without his special
fiends"…until at about age 30 they suddenly make contact again. They
need a favor; 4 favors. Each one of the foursome died before they could
take care of some important unfinished business. In order to go to
Heaven and rest in peace, their "little friend" would need to allow
each of them to enter his body (since they are only souls) to
accomplish their missions.
The 4 scenarios are beautiful expressions of love and kindness, and
although disrupting the young man's (love) life immensely, in the end
he too is richer from the turbulence's. — This is a wonderful fantasy,
a big winner with romantic movie lovers. I have watched this film
several times and will enjoy it again and again. The widescreen DVD
version is particularly enjoyable. This is a sparkling gem of a movie!