I can only recall a few scenes and details from the movie :-

  • 80's / 90's TV movie.
  • Happy married couple, husband is a pilot (if not mistaken).
  • Husband dies in a plane crash (if not mistaken).
  • Husband's ghost takes care of his wife by finding the right guy for her ( the guy is a soldier ).
  • Wife meets a guy which is set up by the dead husband.
  • Wife try to impress the guy through dinner which she did not cook at all. Only order takeouts but makes it looked like she is cooking.
  • Dead husband made the guy rub his left eyebrow and the wife notices that action because that is her husband habit.
  • There is a scene where the wife felt the husband is there so she started to dance and the dead husband dances with her.

I really love this movie and I watched it like when I was 10. Please help to identify this film.


It could be Steven Spielberg's Always, (1989). Richard Dreyfuss is an aerial firefighter who dies fighting a forest fire, and Holly Hunter is his girlfriend. From Wikipedia:

the spirit of a recently dead expert pilot mentors a newer pilot, while watching him fall in love with his surviving girlfriend.

  • this is where I was going to go.
    – Ben Plont
    Sep 16 '13 at 18:55
  • OMGGG...thank youuu...this is it... Always (1989) ....THANKS WILL!!
    – talkingcat
    Sep 16 '13 at 19:04

Could it be the M.I.A. - April 1, 1969 (S02E22) episode of Quantum Leap? It matches several of the bullet points you listed.

  • Husband appears like a ghost (though he is really a hologram from the future).

  • Aired on TV during the 80's / 90's.

  • Happy married couple, and husband is a pilot.

  • Husband was presumed dead (though he did not die in a plane crash).

  • Husband (and friend) find a guy for her to fall in love with (guy was a cop)

  • At the end of the episode, the husband and wife dance, and she feels like he is there.

    Beth and Al dancing

Some points I know that don't match are

  • It was a TV show episode not a movie, though the episode is over 48 minutes long, so it could easily be mistaken as one if you weren't familiar with the show.
  • Husband did not die in a plane crash.
  • Guy was not a soldier. He was a cop. Wife was in the navy I believe though.
  • talkingcat mentioned movie or drama before coleopterist's edit, shows that he is confuse between movie or tv series. So it looks a match +1.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Sep 16 '13 at 9:54
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    @AnkitSharma it's a very tricky call for me because of the premise of the TV show. However, talkingcat said he watched it when he was 10 years old. So, I can see how a lot of the discrepencies could be easily confused. Sep 16 '13 at 9:56
  • THANKS druciferre, but it was a movie... Always (1989)...
    – talkingcat
    Sep 16 '13 at 19:08

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