What Dreams May Come

October 2nd, 1998


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Robin Williams and Darlene Ava Williams

After dying in a car crash a widowed man searches the afterlife for his wife.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.7/10 (41,266 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Director: Vincent Ward

Stars: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra

Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.

Writers: Richard Matheson, Ronald Bass

Robin Williams - Chris Nielsen
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Albert Lewis
Annabella Sciorra - Annie Collins-Nielsen
Max von Sydow - The Tracker
Jessica Brooks Grant - Marie Nielsen
Josh Paddock - Ian Nielsen
Rosalind Chao - Leona
Lucinda Jenney - Mrs. Jacobs
Maggie McCarthy - Stacey Jacobs
Wilma Bonet - Angie
Matt Salinger - Reverend Hanley
Carin Sprague - Best Friend Cindy
June Carryl - Woman in Car Accident (as June Lomena)
Paul P. Card IV - Paramedic
Werner Herzog - Face

Taglines: After life there is more. The end is just the beginning.

Release Date: 2 October 1998

Filming Locations: Alameda, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,833,592 (USA) (4 October 1998) (2526 Screens)

Gross: $55,382,927 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The original prints of the film, which were stored at a video vault in Universal Studios Hollywood's backlot, were lost in the June 1st, 2008 backlot fire.

Continuity: When Annie and Chris are reunited in Heaven, as they are facing each other talking, Annie's hair is in her face. The shot briefly changes, and when it returns her hair is fixed.

Albert: Chris, "here" is big enough for everyone to have their own private universe.

User Review

The most under-rated movie ever ?

Rating: 10/10

Firstly this is an adult movie. I remember when it was marketed on its release. It seemed to be targeted to all ages - Robin Williams off the back of- at that time- children's movies. It promoted the technology of the making. Overall they marketed it completely wrong, which I daresay has led it to being placed in the mediocrity bin.

However, nothing could be further from the truth. What Dreams May Come would have to be one of the most intelligent, emotional, visually beautiful, and well acted projects ever to grace the screen.

Robin Williams is masterful and Sciorra perfectly mirrors her soul mate (Williams). Their performances encapsulate all the joy and abject sorrow human life entails. It's a movie that wants you to find real love, see beyond cynicism and grasp the idea of soul mate. And it's all presented in a stunningly gorgeous montage of exquisite colour and symmetry.

From the opening shot to the closing frame, its magnificent. The story is enveloping encompassing nearly every asset of human emotion. It's a roller-coaster ride but rewarding. Comedy, hope, sadness, joy, elation, despair... all displayed perfectly.

ALL actors shine, Cuba Gooding Jr is his usual excellent self and Max von Sydow is impeccable.

The greatest movie ever? close... most under-rated movie ever? - most probably. Watch it, very few movies will touch you as What Dreams May Come will.