I'm trying to find the name of a film about people who have died and are waiting to move on..

I think the film is 15-30 years old.

They are not yet in heaven - Their lives are replayed and they are judged. After the viewings they will either go on to heaven (in a bus, if I recall!) or they will be reincarnated and have to live another life, in the hopes of living well enough to be sent on to heaven next time around.

While in this purgatory, a man and a woman fall in love. Towards the end of the film she is sent on to heaven, while he is told he needs to live another life. He's not happy about this idea and tries to force his way on to her bus, to be with her.

That's about all I can remember - Hope it's enough to identify the film!

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Defending your life (1991) starring Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep:

IMDB page I remember Rip Torn was the lawyer assigned to defend Albert Brooks, it was pretty funny.

  • Yes, that's it! Thank you. No idea what made me think of this. Woke up at 3am recalling fragments of a film from 20+ years ago. How bizarre. Mar 18, 2015 at 16:09
  • I have oddly fond memories of this movie. It does help that Rip Torn was in it.
    – pooter03
    Mar 18, 2015 at 18:37
  • @pooter03 I liked this movie too, especially when the prosecution started to present their evidence and there were multiple flashback scenes showing him being afraid and generally messing up
    – EdChum
    Mar 18, 2015 at 19:12
  • Rip Torn. LOL. He got arrested up by me a year or so ago, I guess he lives somewhere nearby. Mar 18, 2015 at 19:27
  • @JohnnyBones he is very good in this film, his personality suited the role really well, as did Albert Brooks, just found a classic scene: youtube.com/watch?v=DufE-dcQ70k
    – EdChum
    Mar 18, 2015 at 19:32

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