I did a list of my favorite sports films a while back. Today I will give you “Heaven Can Wait” with Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. I ranked this film as the 11th favorite sports film that I have viewed.
Heaven Can Wait (Paramount-1978) First, let me explain. I am a Julie Christie fanatic from the first time I viewed her at the theater in Darling in 1965. Second, I am a Warren Beatty fan, and putting those together in a sports fantasy movie directed by both Beatty and Buck Henry, a remake of a previous version of this classic stage play by Harry Segall (Here Comes Mr. Jordan-1941) is never old from the first frame. Both movies are classic and I am picking the newer Beatty film because the love interest is done better in this version. Both are outstanding. This movie is on many of my lists, including love stories and fantasy films, and comedy, drama and good old fashion movie excitement is ever present. Ten Oscar nominations tell you how great this one is. The critics did not overlook it and I shall not either. The supporting cast includes both great character actors such as Jack Warden, the great James Mason, Dyan Cannon, and various football players of the time. Funny as hell and so deep in emotions. It gets me every time. And this movie is better than two other fine Beatty/Christie flicks, “Shampoo” and “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.”