Heart and Souls

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Heart and Souls
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ron Underwood
Produced by Nancy Roberts
Sean Daniel[1]
Written by Brent Maddock
S. S. Wilson
Gregory Hansen
Erik Hansen[1]
Starring Robert Downey, Jr.
Charles Grodin
Alfre Woodard
Kyra Sedgwick
Elisabeth Shue
Tom Sizemore
David Paymer
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography Michael W. Watkins
Edited by O. Nicholas Brown[1]
Stampede Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) August 13, 1993
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $16,581,714 (US)

Heart and Souls is a 1993 fantasy comedy film starring Robert Downey Jr. as Thomas Riley, a businessman recruited by the souls of four deceased people - his guardian angels from childhood - to help them resolve the issues of their lives, as he is the only one who can see and talk to them. The movie was directed by Ron Underwood and was filmed in San Francisco.[1]


In San Francisco, 1959, telephone operator Penny Washington leaves her children to work in her night shift. Shy singer Harrison Winslow is afraid of the stage and quits his audition. Waitress Julia is proposed to by her boyfriend John and she does not accept; she then regrets this decision and leaves her job to seek him out. Smalltime thief Milo Peck tries to retrieve a collection of vintage stamps that he had stolen from a boy. They embark on the same bus and the driver Hal becomes distracted while driving and has a serious accident, killing himself and the passengers.

Meanwhile, Frank Reilly is driving his pregnant wife Eva to the hospital. Frank successfully escapes from the bus, but Eva delivers their baby in the car. The souls of the four passengers become the guardian angels of the boy, Thomas Reilly. Seven years later, Penny, Julia, Harrison and Milo conclude that their presence is harming the child and decide to become invisible also to him, much to Thomas' sorrow.

Thirty-something years later, Hal returns with his bus and prepares to take them to the next life. The quartet learns from Hal that they had all those years with Thomas to resolve the issues of their lives, as he is their corporeal form. They convince Hal to stall and buy some more time for them to rectify their unfinished lives. They decide to come back to Thomas, who is now a tough businessman and indecisive in his relationship with long-term girlfriend Anne, and ask him for his assistance.

Thomas reluctantly agrees and, one by one, the lost souls are freed: Milo by fulfilling his promise and returning the stamps; Harrison by confronting his fears and singing to a live audience; Penny by discovering the fates of her children; Julia by encouraging Thomas to repair his relationship with Anne. In the end, Thomas becomes a better man and he dances with Anne as four stars twinkle in the night sky, symbolizing that Penny, Julia, Harrison and Milo are finally at peace.



Heart and Souls received mixed reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews.


Saturn Award - Robert Downey Jr. (Best actor in a leading role)

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