What Dreams May Come (film)

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What Dreams May Come is a 1998 film about a man who dies and finds himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of, but without his wife, who killed herself after he died. He decides to risk eternity in hell for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.

Directed by Vincent Ward. Screenplay written by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Richard Matheson.
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Chris Nielsen

  • When I was young, I met this beautiful girl by a lake.
  • [After meeting his dog in the afterlife] Boy, I screwed up. I'm in dog Heaven!
  • [to his dog] A place where we all go can't be bad, can it girl?
  • Annie, I'm here. I still exist.
  • Is that a kind of occupational hazard of soul mates- one's not much without the other?
  • What some folks call impossible, is just stuff they haven't seen before.
  • A whole human life is just a heartbeat here in Heaven. Then we'll all be together forever.
  • I found you in hell. Don't you think I could find you in Jersey?
  • That's when I realized I'm part of the problem. Not because I remind you. But because I couldn't join you. So I left you alone. Don't give up, okay?
  • Thank you for every kindness. Thank you for our children. For the first time I saw them. Thank you for being someone I was always proud to be with. For your guts, for your sweetness. For how you always looked, for how I always wanted to touch you. God, you were my life. I apologize for everytime I ever failed you. Especially this one...
  • There's a man Ian never got to know, the man he was growing up to be. He's a good-looking clear-eyed fella... about 25. I can see him. He's the type of guy men want to be around, because he has integrity, you know ? He has character. You can't fake that. And he's a guy women want to be around, too. Because there's tenderness in him... respect... and loyalty, and courage. And women respond to that. Makes him a terrific husband, this guy. I see him as a father. That's where he really shines. See, when he looks in his kid's eyes and that kid knows that his dad really, really sees him... he sees who he is. Then that child knows that he is an amazing person. He's quite a guy... that I'll never get to meet. I wish I had.
  • [to Ian] If I was going through fucking HELL, I'd only want one person in the whole goddamn world by my side.
  • What's true in our minds is true, whether some people know it or not.
  • It's not about understanding... it's about *not* giving up!

Annie Nielsen

  • A whole family lost to car crashes. Enough to make a person buy a bike.
  • Sometimes, when you lose, you win.
  • Dear Diary, I am writing in your bullshit pages because my shrink is crazier then I am. He thinks you're therapy. He figures if two babies can hammer me into a Psycho ward, what will I do with this? He is so stupid. He's so stupid that he thinks he pulled me through the breakdown when it was Christy. Always. Only Chris. I was looking through his postcards. Paintings were his obsession. He used art as another way to love me, to help me. To keep us always together.

Albert Lewis

  • Chris, "here" is big enough for everyone to have their own private universe.
  • Thought is real. Physical is the illusion. Ironic, huh?
  • He is also known as Doc

The Tracker

  • You were expecting physical danger? What could it do, kill ya, huh? No, in Hell there's real danger. Of losing your mind.
  • Elevator to Hell. Going up.
  • This is the guy who doesn't give up.


Annie: Can I sit here?
Chris: Actually, no. Two years ago, I reserved this specific area.
Annie: What if I say please?
Chris: That's the one exception.

Marie: [looks at a cardboard cutout of Heaven] Is this where we go when we die?
Chris: It's a dream baby, it's a beautiful one, but you know dreams...
Marie: I know, aren't real. I know.

Leona: Where were you just now? You're mind's been wondering all afternoon.
Chris: Thinking of someone.

Leona: Do you wanna see others? Perhaps the city?
Chris: I would, but travel makes me nauseous.

Albert: So what is the "me"?
Chris: My brain I suppose.
Albert : Your brain? Your brain is a body part. Like your fingernail or your heart. Why is that the part that's you?
Chris: Because I have sort of a voice in my head, the part of me that thinks, that feels, that is aware that I exist at all.
Albert : So if you're aware you exist, then you do. That's why you're still here.

Chris: I need Annie.
Albert : That'll change in time.
Chris: Oh, come on Einstein! Time's not on my watch anymore. Time does not exist here. And wherever it went, it's not going to make me need Annie any less.

Albert: You don't understand.
Chris: It's not about understanding- it's about not giving up!

Chris: Where is God in all of this?
Albert: Oh, He's up there. Somewhere... shouting down that He loves us. Wondering why we can't hear Him. You think?

The Tracker: You called your son Albert. Who is that?
Chris: First doctor I interned under. He was like a father to me.
The Tracker: Ah. His words were gold. A brilliant mind. Do you recall what he practiced before he turned to pediactrics?
Chris: Child psychia-...
The Tracker: ...psychiatry. Yeah. And he always was a slow reader. But these... [indicating his glasses] used to be rimless, and the rest of me... used to be black. I also used to read too slow. I don't need these glasses [taking off his glasses] ...my eyes being a figment of my imagination.


  • After life there is more. The end is just the beginning.


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