Living with the Dead (film)

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Living with the Dead
Talking to Heaven.jpg
Genre Drama
Based on Talking to Heaven
by James Van Praagh
Written by John Pielmeier
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Starring Ted Danson
Mary Steenburgen
Diane Ladd
Michael Moriarty
Theme music composer Normand Corbeil
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Greg Gugliotta
Shanna Nussbaum
Stanley M. Brooks
Scott W. Anderson (co-executive producer)
Stephen Gyllenhaal (co-executive producer)
Producer(s) Preston Fischer
Richard J. Anobile (associate producer)
John Pielmeier (co-producer)
James Van Praagh (co-producer)
Cinematography Jeff Jur
Editor(s) Neil Mandelberg
Running time 240 min.
Production company(s) Nitelite Entertainment
Columbia Broadcasting System
Gaslight Pictures
Once Upon a Time Films
Distributor Columbia Broadcasting System
MTI Home Video
Sonar Entertainment
Original release
  • April 28, 2002 (2002-04-28)
(Part 1)
  • April 30, 2002 (2002-04-30)
(Part 2)

Living with the Dead (released in Europe as Talking to Heaven) is a 2002 supernatural crime drama directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Ted Danson, Diane Ladd, Queen Latifah, Mary Steenburgen and Jack Palance. It was inspired by the life of medium James Van Praagh. The film first aired in the U.S. on CBS-TV. It was later rated PG-13.[1]

In the United States, the film was released as Living with the Dead; the working title was Talking to Heaven, and this was also the release title in Europe.


Seven dead boys are trying to communicate through James (Ted Danson), to tell their story of how they died, and how their murderer is still out there. James agrees to work alongside the detective investigating the murders, and discovers who murdered the seven boys.[2]


The movie was filmed in Vancouver, Canada.[3]


  1. ^ `Living With the Dead' brings Danson to life, Allan Johnson, Chicago Tribune, April 26, 2002; accessed February 17, 2013
  2. ^ Messages From Beyond, Susan King, Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2002; accessed February 17, 2013
  3. ^ IMDb

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